Balance with Hooves
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Hi, I'm Frannie Chara
Certified Equine Facilitated Learning & Wellness Coach
Certified Life Coach
I've been passionate about horses since my childhood. I dreamed that they would be part of my life, but I didn't see this dream become possibie until forty some years after.
In 2007, I was in the middle of empowering ME in authenticity, by doing a lot of inner work, and making huge changes.
I purchased my first horse a registered Thoroughbred (English Thoroughbred) and former racehorse which I named Chinook from his racing name "Master Wind". Together, we discovered and established a long-term partnership. Little did I know this was the beginning of something greater than I ever imagined. As I thought I was seeking to be with horses, I know now they were seeking me.
Meet The BWH Herd
My very first horse, an ex-race horse and the eldest horse I own.
Chinook is a thoroughbred, that I got from an auction farm.
He had been removed from the racing circuit because he wasn't good enough. I suppose he was trained for classic riding.
All of his story is not available, however his behaviour tells the story of many racing horses.
He teaches us to be comfortable being alone. It is not about being alone it is about being in the best company with ourselves.
He shows up for people in a passive way.
He is wise and is there only for those who are willing to go deep within themselves.
Has old wounds resurface in us
He is an old soul. Reminds us to take life easy
Do not eat the whole elephant at once but one bite at a time
Then came Duke, a roan Clydesdale who I found after having lost Tory,
another Clydesdale who I saved from the kill pen.
I didn't have her that long but she left me with a love for that breed which had me look for another => Duke.
Duke is the perfect example of a leader - leadership vision, passion, holder of values, patience, teacher, confidence and humility, compassion Interpersonal skills, communicator, loyalty, integrity, patience.
He is huge, but has a kind heart and is gentle and demonstrates great respect.
Empowerment - make yourself big. Life is bigger than what we see.
Miss Daisy, a quarterhorse. I found her when I was looking for another horse to add to my herd, as I was growing my business.
She belonged to a young woman who had it on her bucket list to own a horse and discovered she had other passions but wanted a good home for Miss Daisy.
•She is beautiful and she doesn’t know it.
•She is sociable, loves to connect. •Has a huge heart.
•She is a healer
•She is kind but alert.
•Protective and reactive.
•She exudes all the qualities of a great mother, friend, sister, friend.
•Passionate and gentle.
When I picked up Miss Daisy, I was told another ex-racing horse with a heavy baggage of abuse was going to be sold for meat. Consequently, I picked him up as well, and both him and Miss Daisy travelled together to my farm.
It took Beau over a year to adapt to me. We share a beautiful story together of what it takes to build trust: consistency, respect and patience. Beau is now thriving.
Beau has trust issues, the result of deep trauma. He is very sensitive to energies and is intolerant of negative emotions. He can be a bully and has many fears.
• He teaches us to be completely honest and authentic with ourselves, and will only connect with those who reach that state of mind.
• He represents strength, resiliency, adaptability and survival to help us face our fears.
A hanovarian/thoroughbred, who was another friend's horse.
She had bought her for her daughter's competitive events but found out Sophie had genetic arthritis and was not able to compete.
I kept her during the time my friend was in legal battles to get her $25K back and when all was resolved Sophie stayed to be part of the BWH herd.
Sophie is stunning.
She joyful, curious, playful.
She fits in with anyone.
Faces her fears and stands strong.
She is a ray of sunshine. She is spontaneous.
She is an extravert and if she could talk she would be chatty.
She is sociable and draws energy from crowds.
She is assertive and cheerful in her social interactions.
She teases and flirts.
Caring and compassionate
A percheron/quarterhorse was the first born here from Miss Daisy and big spoiled horse who is very effective teaching people how to set healthy boundaries.
He is growing up fast.
See life through the eyes of a child.
Allow discoveries and enjoy the journey of discovery.
Accept learning without judgement when you make a mistake
Willing to please but also has a dominant side and dances between both
Requires clarity and will test until you become clear about YOU
breaking through limiting beliefs
A beautiful white thoroughbred, who belonged to my friend who had Sophie and she also wanted Rascal to retire here with me.
Rascal is a great addition to the herd.
Very heart sensitive
Integrity, sincerity and honor when you win his heart
freedom - has his own agenda
can seem stubborn but he is teaching us something about ourselves
silliness - can be a joker - brings laughter
Last but not least, Jasper, another thoroughbred, who I came upon by visiting where he was at.
He was skin and bones and so were the other four horses with him. He called me out there I know because he acknowledged me and said:
" save us."
I asked the owner what he was doing with the horses and he said they were going to be trailored to the meat factory in two days.
Well I asked to delay for two weeks and I was able to find new owners for all of them within a week and Jasper came to me.
Jasper is now very healthy and thriving as well.
Calm & confident
Holds space like no other
"Frannie is very passionate about this work and it shows when she talks about it. - as a facilitator. Providing insight during debrief is a strong point when working in a partnership with the horses. Frannie is able to read what they are saying and is able to support the herd as needed".