I travelled home to Australia with so many conflicting thoughts!!!
It felt like I had almost reached the summit…..but not quite….. there was still a way to go!!
Kert had promised us more – it felt like with one more trip I would achieve my dream!! And I wasn’t the only one. Many from that group were returning.
When I got home I said to Doug that I needed to return. We had come so far in our ‘education’ – but needed that much more. He shook his head – in resignation – – if I wanted to return, that’s fine, but surely there is someone closer who could help me?
At that point – which was really the start of the ‘brainwashing’ – for want of a better word – I didn’t think anyone else on the planet could help me!!
For all Kert’s strangeness, rudeness, etc., I still felt he had amazing knowledge to impart.
I was fit from all the body awareness I had done, I was calm and grounded – but the world seemed a bit dull without Kert around to teach and inspire us!!
And I was still waiting for the magical, fairytale ending…. where I get the white pony, I tame the wild horse, I ride off into the sunset at one with the horse……. wasn’t that meant to happen?
So once again I ventured there – with some new friends I had met on the previous trip. The eight days of our class were very good – – we did more practical work in what is called a ‘magic circle’, which is really a square in a square – creating a laneway for yourself and the horse. You then work with the horse in this space – practise keeping it out of its ‘home’ corner – or ‘comfort spot’, work with the rope and whip, and at all times be aware of your body.
Kert also characterised Magnum – finally! I felt he had summed him up well – and I was very grateful for this and his suggestions. Watching him work with the horses was also great – he has an amazing gift of observing and sensing a horse.
However, a lot of what we learnt looks good on paper, or sounds great to discuss it – but to apply it to your everyday world is difficult! There were other things with some people that concerned me, but once again, I figured if I wasn’t in the firing line and just focussed on the horse work, it was all good.
The week long demonstrations Kert gave were great to watch. Time after time, we would see an agitated horse and owner enter. He would take the horse, and magically it would start to listen to him. How did he do it? Such awareness and grace….how did he know what to do??? Would I ever get there??
During this trip, Kert and I had more time to chat. I was still struggling with his ‘other’ side – but he had only been kind and friendly to me. He knew I was a bit of an ‘organiser’. I had everyone’s email -and I was sending out a newsletter to keep them up to date with the course. He liked the idea of that.
He also said to contact him if I needed to, in regards to Magnum. So the course had ended on a good note… I felt I had more ideas for Magnum, and I had renewed faith in him as a person….it was a happier course.
I returned home feeling content – ready to go to the horses with my new-found knowledge.
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