Thursday, August 18, 2011

Welcome Eclipse and Sarah

I have been following my bliss and creating a new world for horses.  To celebrate the arrival of two new herd members, we've dreamed up a

(more about that at the end)

First, some new terms that we'll be using:

wealthy relationships
Our Horses

I've decided to call the way I am being with horses and humans a wealthy relationship.

A wealthy relationship is one where the human recognizes that her needs are being met and that she wants to use what she has been given in excess to care for and improve the lives of the other humans and animals around her.  

OurHorses is a group of friends who have wealthy relationships in their lives and who will support others who would like to learn how to have wealthy relationships.  

Our Horses is also a term used to designate horses living under my care and the care of those whom I have met and verified that they also have wealthy relationships.

From this point on, I am going to be having help writing this blog from friends who are exploring equine communication through wealthy relationships.  Entries will be written in third person to preserve the continuity of voice regardless of who the author is.

Thanks for listening to the call,
Stormy May

Above is an unedited clip of nine and a half minutes filmed by Stormy May on August 18th, 2011 in North San Juan, CA, USA.  Pay attention, this has something to do with the  !!!CONTEST!!!

The actors: 

Eclipse: 8 year old dark bay Morgan x Tennessee Walking Horse gelding.  He had been turned out with the others for 24 hours at the time of filming.  He first met Stormy May a few weeks ago.  He has lived under her care for 2 days.  He has been moved from a situation where he was found neglected and starving under the ownership of someone who had "rescued" him from another bad situation a year earlier.  Sarah, a neighbor in Foresthill, CA noticed his condition and began to feed and care for him.  Her questionings about horse care led her to get in contact with Stormy 5 weeks ago.

Sofi: 8 year old Welsh Pony x Saddlebred pinto pony mare.  She has lived with Stormy in 5 different places since she was 3 years old.  Stormy started her under saddle for a client and rode her for a year before realizing that her "disobediences" were a clear communication that she did not approve of the restraints and other violations of her body and space.  She has not been ridden since 2006.

Patrik: 12 year old bright bay Hanoverian gelding.  He has lived with Stormy in 8 different places since he was 3 years old.  He has lived with Sundance since 2003.  Stormy started Patrik under saddle for a client when he was 3.  By the time he was 8 they were schooling second and third level dressage movements under saddle and jumping novice level cross country and stadium jumps.  A constantly chewing mouth when bitted and sore trapezius and longissimus dorsi muscles were signs of the damage that had been done by Stormy during the course of his training.  He has not been ridden since 2006.

Sundance: 18 year old chestnut Dutch Warmblood mare.  She first met Stormy when she was 6 months old and has lived with Stormy since she was 9 months old in 11 different places.  She also lived under the care of Stormy's colleagues and students four times for periods of up to a year.  She has lived with Patrik since 2003 and Sofi since 2006.  Stormy started Sundance under saddle when she was 3 years old.  Stormy tried for 11 years to have an enjoyable riding relationship with Sundance.  It took trying the gentlest to the harshest training techniques she could stomach to begin to unlock the secret of what Sundance was trying to communicate.  Since she was a year old, Sundance has shown the classic signs of a disease called Equine Poly Saccharidal Myopathy (EPSM) or "Shivers".  EPSM is a form of rhabdomyolysis classified as a metabolic disease that results in the accumulation of high muscle glycogen and abnormal polysaccharide in skeletal muscles.  The signs you can see are an abnormal gait in the hindquarters, especially when at a slow walk, grazing, and getting up and down.  She was examined and declared fit to ride by 3 veterinarians.  It is only recently that signs can now be seen at the trot and canter.  She has not been ridden since 2006.

Stormy May: 38 year old female Finnish x Portuguese x English American.  She has lived in 20 places since she was born not including travel.  All of the places have been in California, USA.  Travel has taken her around the world filming, sight seeing, doing service work and teaching.  She has been responsible for the care of at least one and up to 13 horses since she was 10 years old.  She also held the positions of Barn Supervisor and Eventing Equestrian Team member at University of California Davis as well as attained an "HA" rating and titles of Chief Horse Management Judge and National Examiner in the United States Pony Club organization which she is no longer a part of.  She was a professional horse trainer and riding instructor from ages 18 to 33 and has produced two videos for commercial sale, Understanding Bits (2003) and The Path of the Horse (2008) as well as various promotional and sales videos.  She is also co-author of the books Photographing and "Videoing" Horses Explained: Digital and Film (2007) and Horse as Teacher: The Path to Authenticity (2009) as well as other articles published on the internet and in various print magazines.  Stormy stopped riding in 2006 and is now exploring equine communication with Our Horses and other friends in pastures around the world and over the internet.

So, more about this contest!  

Show off your love for horses, wealthy relationships and your video editing skills by adding music, words, poetry, effects, transitions, and even other Stormy May Productions clips with the Creative Commons usage designation.  Please don't use video footage from other sources for this project.  Audio can be from any source that is allowed by YouTube.  Don't forget to add your own contact information at the end.  Animations and creative editing are encouraged!

Contest winner will win a trip to visit Stormy and Our Horses in California.  Runners-up will get a Skype brainstorming session with Stormy about creating your own dreams.

Judging will begin when there are at least 10 entries posted for public viewing.  Please include links to contest entries in the comments section of the YouTube video page.  Grand prize winner will be the one with the highest number of views on YouTube one month after judging begins.  Runners up will be the next 9 highest view ratings for a total of 10 winners.  Grand prize winner must be at least 18 years or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

More information about us at

Stay tuned to this blog and Stormy's Facebook page and YouTube channel for more about Sarah, Eclipse and the rest of the herd.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28, 2010

It's Tuesday and I start the journey away from this home tomorrow. I haven't written about it here yet but after the NHE seminar in Canada I'll be attending the annual conference for the European Association for Horse Assisted Education (EAHAE) in Windsor England October 8-10, 2010. I have been feeling very strongly the message that I will be carrying with me to the lands of Canada and England. It's not only a message from the horses but from everyone who is ready to find peace.

I walked down to the pasture today in what probably will prove to be the last heat wave of the season. It was a little before noon and the temperatures were already over 90 degrees Farenheit (32 Celcius for those of you I'll be visiting soon). I thought the horses might appreciate getting hosed off since they don't have access to a pond or river to help stay cool and chase away the bugs.

As I was hosing the horses I started to take the following videos.

At annual conferences people present their research. I will be attending the conference in England because the Path of the Horse will be showing, not as a speaker, but I was thinking about what I would have to present at the conference.

Well, here's the answer. Watch the videos and you'll see some minutes of what I did today with the horses. Sofi, the pinto pony has been scared about having water sprayed on her. When I used to work with her with a halter, I would just tie her and force her to stand for it, but now that we don't work with a halter or any sort of restraint I saw an opportunity to work with her in the way that I wish I would have worked with her from the very beginning. Read more of her story here.

More of Patrik enjoying the water.

Sundance joining in...

When the horses seemed to have enough of the water, Patrik led the others over to a good rolling spot. I figured I'd leave and get my packing started but I chose to go through the gate at the other end of the field. Here's what happened.

Here is a video I present as a question. My horses yawn frequently, and lick and chew. I've heard peoples' theories about yawning being a sign that a horse is content, stressed, "processing", "releasing". I took this video because I saw Sofi yawning when I was scratching her (a regular occurrence). In the video you'll see when she seems to have had enough and move on, and then Sundance comes up for some scratches. I didn't get the yawning response from Sundance here, partly I think because when I'm trying to video and get into the horse space at the same time, I don't do either particularly well. They are equally likely to start yawning when they don't seem to understand something I'm trying to communicate.

This last video is focused on a new ball I got to use with the horses. They've had it in their pasture about 5 times now. Patrik quickly learned to pick it up and the others still aren't quite sure what to do with it. This video seems like a good representation of how I start playing with and introducing new things to the horses. Of course since I'm videoing I don't get as into it as I would without the camera in hand.

This is the last blog post I'm going to enter here until after I get back from the trip. I will be keeping a regular account of the trip on a new blog for people who have become sponsors. Any donated amount will help me fund this part of the journey and get you a link to the new sponsors blog so you can follow along. Click here to donate and get a link to the sponsor's blog.

We vote with our dollars every day. The foods we purchase, the entertainment we pay for, the learning we spend money on, and the animals we support all reflect our priorities. If you would like to vote with your dollars towards helping spread the Path of the Horse as I am walking it, this is the perfect opportunity.

Thanks for joining me and the horses in the pasture,

P.S. HorseTalk TV will be featuring a show with Alexander Nevzorov and myself. Click here to see a teaser.

Horse Talk TV episode 4 airs across Australia this Wed 29th Sept at 7pm Eastern Australia time and features a segment on Stormy May & Alexander Nevzorov. You can watch the show live streamed on broadband on on Wed 7pm, with repeats on Fri. 12.30pm, Sat 10am.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

NHE seminar in Canada

I'll be filming at an upcoming NHE seminar in Quebec, Canada next month. The seminar/workshop is being organized by the Dean of the online School and Canadian Representative, CloƩ Lacroix, and featured speaker is Michael Bevilacqua of Equi-Forme and NHE Worldwide Representative. I have a feeling that this footage might turn into my next video release. Anyone want to join us? It's October 2-3, 2010.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Reading to the horses

I spent some time reading to the horses today.

Mustang Round Up Aug. 9 2010

‎2,301 of our horses are going to be rounded up next week and over 1,800 of them will be removed from their homes. Who will be there to watch and take responsibility for their welfare?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June 17-24 2010

I have a lot of pictures from my phone since the last time I updated the blog. Let's get started...

Here is a video I took while still at Shasta the weekend before last. I've been editing a new clip that will be aired on HorseTalk TV in Australia and the US in September alongside a clip featuring Alexander Nevzorov. The pony (Zippy) and woman (Jamie) who are in this following video will be part of it.

Patrik has plenty of the flowers he likes to eat in the pasture right now.

Last weekend a crew of us moved the pipe panels to a new location. Now the horses are out on the pasture all the time. So far so good.

No respect for the huge truck that could run him over...

Sofi, coming for a scratch...

Ok, here's what you've all been waiting for...

Here was the mystery plant on June 19th...

...June 21st...

...a beautiful sunset...

...and..., June 24th!

A hidden sister in the blackberry bushes.

One last look for today.

And here are the other flowers in the garden, enjoying a watering.