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restoring trust 


Hold your Horses project 

Our mission is to visit abandoned and traumatized horses in shelters and sanctuary and restore trust, understand their stories and share love.

Many of these horses have been relinquished because they don't "fit" into the old structure in which we kept horses or the manners that have been used. At these shelters the horses get a second chance to recover and we can contribute to this. 


𝑣𝑎𝑛 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡


When you sign up, you will receive two days of training with the group about working safely with the horses (with trauma), different techniques of making contact, communicating with horses and working energetically. The aim of the training is to create a safe open group in which everyone can bring their own talent and strength. Then we go to a shelter for two days. Here  we are there for the horses that need this. The autonomy of the horses is paramount during this project. This means that the horses can indicate themselves whether they want interaction or not.  


An important part of our project is the documentary we are making about this. Through the documentary we can reach even more people and spread the message of horse welfare. We are now broadcasting the documentary on our Hold Your Horses project YouTube Channel.


We broadcast a number of episodes per location, the first episode per location is about the shelter holder and the story of the shelter. In the following episodes we will share themes and stories of the horses and participants and we will discuss various themes related to the welfare of the horses.

Unfortunately, every year there are still a huge number of horses that are given up due to physical condition or behaviour. These horses end up at a shelter or go to slaughter. The poignant thing about this is that the horses have often suffered this physical or emotional damage through the actions of humans and the way they keep horses.

𝑇𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐶𝘩𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒

We highlight a number of problems that arise in horses, their causes and possible solutions. The system and structure in which we have kept horses for a long time is due for change. There is an increasing amount of research, knowledge and insight  being together and living with animals.  We have somehow forgotten that we are part of nature. We are part of  the same life energy and the more we restore the connection in this, the closer we come to ourselves and the other!

AANKOMEnde Rondes

ronde 1

Training deel I
20 en 21 januari

training deel II
27 en 28 januari

Stichting 't Olde manege peerd

Investering 4 daagse training:
650.- inclusief lunch.

Ronde 2

training deel I
6 en 7 april 

Training deel II
8 en 9 juni praktijk 
Paard in nood Limburg

Investering 4 daagse training: 
650.- inclusief lunch.


1 daagse training
24 februari 2024

Tijdens deze 1 daagse training krijg je de basisprincipes van het project mee.  Je kunt hier direct

mee oefenen bij onze eigen kudde in Heemstede.

Investering 1 daagse training:
175.- inclusief lunch. 
10.00 - 17.00 



experiences of participants

" A project for the horses. To feel deeply what the horses actually want to share with you. Just to be heard, to be seen. Creating a Space in which the horse can be a horse. So loving and appreciative! And where I see the horse what it shows, I recognize parts of myself that also want to see the light of day 
Michelle created a safe setting within the group I participated in and then on location where there was a group of 45 horses. Within this safe setting I could be who I am and see what wanted to be seen.”

Anya van der Horn

"What I've done? 
Just do what I'm good at 
Clear your head and be
Horses don't judge
They are
With much love I was able to receive what it is like when I am really received.”

Yvette van Zadel

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