Meet the Horses
Authentic Strides has two incredible equine partners, Luna and Patches. The trusted bond they formed with Joanie, has allowed them to express their innate gifts working with and healing humans. She feels it’s an honor to work with these horses and for them to be seen as the incredible animals they are.
As with all of nature, horses’ presence connects people more deeply to their truths. And because horses have been human companions for millennia, they are especially profound as lenses for seeing life from a new perspective. No horse experience is necessary to experience these benefits.
Luna is an 11-year old quarter horse thoroughbred mix Joanie adopted when Luna was four and quite sick. After nursing her back to health and gentling her fears, she assisted Joanie’s middle daughter through her early riding years, and now is her most trusted trail horse and partner. Luna is Joanie’s reason for stepping into this journey of true self discovery.
“I’m so grateful for Luna. Under Joanie’s guidance, it was obvious Luna was aligned and deeply in touch with healing. After only a few months of my mother’s passing, I couldn’t see my way out of my deep grief. Joanie suggested I spend some time with Luna. As I answered guided questions, Luna never left my side. If anything, she brought my awareness to her feminine majestic strength. She rooted my energy and helped me feel protected. In that moment, I realized all things will pass, including me, my family and friends, even Luna. She reinforced that we were not meant to live afraid of that knowledge. After that day with her, I felt more prepared for the future and invigorated to reignite the spark of joy in my life.”
Patches is 20-something years old and is black, white and beautiful. Patches was adopted six years ago and had also been experiencing some neglect. His feet, teeth, weight and coat needed attention. He’s been Joanie’s youngest daughter’s best friend since the day he arrived. He assisted her in her early years of learning riding, and has always taken care of her. Patches is now Joanie’s heart-horse partner in this work. He is gentle and loving to everyone and supportive of all who choose to step into their authentic selves.
“Wherever man has left his footprint in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization we will find the hoofprint of the horse beside it.” –John Moore