Olivia feels everything intensely and Denise asked beautifully attuned questions around security, belonging and connectedness to maximise mutual enjoyment.
Olivia shared she has often felt rushed, so letting the moment take all the time it needs was a huge part of her feeling a deep sense of belonging.
Validation came from being held in a state of genuine allowing, without any repressed impatience or resentment. Generosity of time was the key for her. She also shared that intensity created sensitivity and her moments of calm are not durable, so doing things slowly and predictably brings comfort.
She is the type of horse that you would present each item for a sniff inspection before it touched her, every time, not just the first time.
Olivia wanted Denise to know she can feel her heart beating and invited Denise to feel out for hers too. When it came to riding, Olivia shared an image of her changing direction with the most subtle of weight shift - she really didn't need a bridle.
Some horses find their people time enjoyable and relaxed, and others struggle to despite many years of handling. Highly sensitive horses can find being around people intense, so it can benefit them if we limit our time together to short, predictable stretches.
Thanks Denise for the opportunity for us all to learn from Olivia x