KIM DAVIDSON, Certified Equine Specialist (EAGALA)
Throwing caution to the wind, six-year old Kim marched fearlessly toward the buckskin horse grazing in the pasture. She couldn’t view him from a far. She had to be close, lean against him and touch that velvety part of his nose – her favorite. Kim’s love of horses started early and remains today and always will.
Growing up in the early days of Yorba Linda, CA was considered growing up in the country. She rode horses, cared for them and taught others all the key components to horsemanship. Her time spent with horses revealed her helping nature, which brought her to her work as a geriatric care manager. Over the last decade Kim found great joy inspiring her clients to find purpose in their day, something that translates to us all, including horses.
Kim’s 35 years of hands-on experience of horse ownership lends a depth of understanding to the work she performs as an EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist at Rise Canyon Ranch. Venturing into the process of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy seemed a natural progression for someone with such knowledge.
The discoveries have been plentiful including her affinity for working with horses that have endured abuse. Helping them learn to trust again by taking time to help them feel safe and secure is something that mirrors the needs of her human clients.
Allowing horses to work their “magic” provides a 100% natural method for growth and healing. Seeing people who were once terrified of horses make a meaningful connection with a horse, overcome their fear and then guide the horse, shoulders back, smile blazing is a profound experience. These kinds of things happen every day at Rise Canyon Ranch. Kim professes, “I could do this all day, every day.”
She believes that horses have the power to help humans find the answers they are seeking. Every answer is given. You just need to be listening. Kim considers this work to be her calling and plans to fortify her education by pursuing her Master Certification as an Equine Specialist. Of course, she’ll march fearlessly toward that too.
Certified Equine Specialist – Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)