Reflections

In one word: great! What an eye-opener it is to see how attention, focus, energy and balance can affect you and your horse, and how this makes a connection of souls possible. And that it touches deeply upon your soul’s desires and on what life’s about. I can see very clearly now what I need to work on myself in the relationship to my horse, and which aspects in me she mirrors.
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Holland

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I have taken many clinics and private lessons with Noora, and she is always able to guide me to a place where a true connection with the horse can arise. How she does this? To me, there are at least two ways in which her approach differs from other ways that I have experienced.
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(1) Contrary to many other approaches for example in natural horsemanship, Noora’s aim is NOT in the first instance to achieve total control over everything that the horse does. Instead, she wants to create the space that invites the horse to really show himself, and allows him to be fully present in the relationship as a complete being.
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(2) The way she does this is by first guiding the human being to be fully present, without any expectations from the horse but fully complete in him/herself, and from there to look for what the horse really needs. These two steps, which are so often skipped, are fundamental to her approach.
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By not wanting but allowing the horse to reveal himself, the horse can come. By not needing anything from, but being open to the horse, the horse is free to respond. This is how a true connection of souls can come about.
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Holland
(Statement was slightly refined by writer after first publication)

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Absolutely great. It really changes the way one sees and interacts with horses. It is wonderful to be able to start working TOGETHER with your horse this way afterward and enjoy it even more. During the meetings there is a very pleasant and relaxed atmosphere which allows you to open up and learn a lot. I have now experienced a clinic with Noora three times and I will certainly join again this time! I’m already looking forward to it. Relaxing, enjoying, feeling, sharing and experiencing.

Holland

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It’s so great to have found something like this: it’s what I’ve been looking for all my life.

Finland

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The feeling of toghetherness between me and my horse got stronger immediately on the first day when you told me all the things you see in my horse, and everything that was in her I also recognized in myself: the blocks in my chest, sadness and feeling of having been left alone to solve all problems etc, etc… I still remember, and probably I’ll always will, how beautiful my horse looked when you taught me to keep distance on Monday.  Although there was few meters distance between me and her, I had never got so close to her. Also on Wednesday such huge things happened that even years of therapy would not had reached the same results.

It was also wonderful to notice that the softer look and more polite behavior of my horse have continued also here at home; she’s also more gentle toward other horses now. I learned on the course to see horses differently. I’ve always admired and respected horses but it’s been more superficial and somehow more disconnected.

THANK YOU Noora for everything, we’ll meet again. You’re doing great job not maybe everyone understands, but awareness is growing with a fast speed and the number of people who judge and doubt is just getting smaller all the time.

Finland

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I was fortunate enough to participate for a day-clinic with Noora. I’m still impressed! It was very clear and beautiful, and incredibly instructive. A wonderful experience which I will certainly continue to benefit from for a long time, both professionally as a farrier as well as privately with my own horses. The things you learn can be used and applied in daily life, provided that you live your life at a certain level of awareness. The wonderfully calm, pleasant and relaxed atmosphere really is marvelous. I enjoyed that day tremendously, and even if that in itself would already have been enough, I still benefit from it every day!

Holland

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In a way it felt like I found ‘a soul’ for many techniques from the course. I absolutely want to attend your course again, maybe also with my own horse. From the perspective of becoming a riding therapist, I feel I have a lot to learn about meeting the horse with friendliness and respect, and about how the horse can teach the people so much about themselves.

Finland

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It was specially meaningful to me for example to see, how calmly and confidently you stood even though wild filly was offering his hind legs to the height of your nose. And how quickly your confident calmness started to calm down the horse. Humans don`t have to show leadership and the borders by giving direct negative feedback to the horse, but calm, apparent unresponsive behavior can mean even more to the horse, and can be even stronger feedback.

It shows that your actions are based on experience and not just on “romantic dreams” or on “method steps”. That certainty helps in believing that this soft way works also with ‘macho-horses’. Or should I say, ESPECIALLY with macho-horses because a wrong kind of pressure and unclear reactions of the human would of course just provoke more macho behavior from the horse.

Finland

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I see your work as’ horse therapy’. You help the horse to get back in touch with his emotions, to the source of the original problem. Technique actions cannot make this happen. Maybe they scratch the surface but they can’t reach deep. The problem with techniques is that with them people try  to manipulate. Therapist instead receives, stays aware and knows also the skill of ‘doing nothing’ when necessary. This is a skill I feel you have and this is shown in what you do, in how you are with horses. It’s not always showy because being is not showy. Horseworld haven’t seen this kind of teachers before, that’s why it may arise even strong contradictory feelings.

 Horses get imprisoned by their emotions. Here the behaviour problems start. We try to solve them with different kinds of techniques, but can these nice techniques really help us to reach completely deep, into the deep emotions? I’m sure some of them help, some only change the behaviour but make the problem itself worse. The emotions get blocked deeper and start to eat the physical body. There’s gastric ulcer, cough, problems with joints… the list is endless, but the horse behaves well in people’s eyes. ‘Is happy with his life’. We don’t know how to see the sadness. It’s in the eyes. The longing for better.

I want to wish you strength for your work. I see that you are a pioneer in equine world and I think you’ll face rocky parts on your path. Those receive who are ready. These are always personal processes and at least in me a strong process has begun, and it influences both on my work and on my being.

Finland

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When leaving the arena with the horse, I felt strong emotions of togetherness, wild force of nature and calm assurance that nothing in this world can take away what we really are deep inside. I cried profusely and understood that this is the feeling I have been missing and looking for at least for the past 15 years.

I kept on crying in the car, as much as dared behind the wheel, when driving home. In the end I felt purified, complete and strengthened.
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Otherwise I admired Noora’s sensitivity and ability to pick just the right issues that were relevant and important for each course participant individually. It was liberating to note that there weren’t any systematic technical exercises that every participant would repeat, but instead the focus was really on each individual in their particular unique situation.All in all, I must say that after Noora’s clinic I have become calmer, clearer and more confident with horses and also with my life in general.
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Finland

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Many  Thanks to Noora and all wonderful people participating. Thanks for the souls  we were allowed to touch and the depth we reached. The miracle of a horse opening up happened before our eyes and reached our deepest being. For many it was an eye opener and lifechanging experience.

Holland

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With Noora’s help I have learned totally different, kind way of being with horses. We don’t try to subordinate the horse or make them obey but the aim is that the horse and the human can grow and develop together and be well together. The relationship between a horse and a human is characterized by friendship and mutual respect. The limits are set with kindness, not by using force. Horses are always willing to face human, but human has to learn to be open and present in all situations. We learn this in Noora’s clinic for example by body awareness, self-awareness exercises and by learning how to be present. Noora’s unique way to face every human and animal by genuine caring and warmth is therapeutic in itself.
The huge change in my horse, in me and our mutual relationship during the past year describes best the impact of Noora’s teaching. I have noticed how I have become more secure and how I’m able to confront other people more openly than before, also totally strangers. Today I also try to live and enjoy every moment without worrying the past or the future. In fact I’ve changed my whole way of being and see the world around me.
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The changes in me I notice best through my horse. These days he waits for me at the gate when I come to the stable. After not seeing him for a while he often neighs when seeing me at the stable yard. And when I leave, he stays at the gate looking after me with kind eyes. When I’m with my horse, we do things together, not just because I want it, but because it is fun for both of us. Sometimes we don’t “do” anything special; we just enjoy each other’s company and the moment we share just then.
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It feels wonderful that I can be myself and I don’t have to pretend anything else or just try to cope with the horse. It’s impossible to explain the incredible feeling of togetherness that can exist between horse and human. It has to be experienced.
Finland
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I hope you will give a course to us again, you put your heart into this, you’re pure and honest. I understand very well why horses tell you their deep emotions. Thank you!

Finland

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