DR. SUSAN FAY'S STORY
Like many horse-crazy girls, I spent most of my youth pretending to be a horse, reading about horses, watching horse movies, wishing I could ride one, and hoping desperately that one day I would have a horse of my own. My dream came true at nine years old when my parents bought me a horse named Sox. He was old and had only two speeds left, slow and slower. Although they indulged me in my passion, my parents made sure I understood that a profession involving horses was not a realistic option. Therefore, I became an environmental scientist, a respectable and responsible career path. I tried to make it work and even got a master's degree in it, but I was completely miserable.
In my late 20's, I married a man who agreed to let me pursue my horse passion full-time. We bought a ranch in northwestern Colorado and raised Morgan horses and Scottish Highland cattle. I spent my days doing ranch chores, starting young horses, refining my groundwork, and honing my western and dressage riding skills. I also spent a great deal of time observing how horses interact with each other in the herd.
During my time on the ranch, I attended horse clinics and began showing my horses in dressage, carriage driving, and various western disciplines. I quickly realized that even though I achieved great results at home with my horses, shows were a totally different story. My inability to control my emotional state led to many disappointing outcomes in the show ring. I realized I was the problem, but there were few people or resources I could find that would help me gain control over my show nerves.
On my own, I began to explore spiritual practices and psychological techniques to improve my mental ability to handle stressful situations. I began to see enormous changes in both myself and my horses, even winning regional, national, and world championships. On Tank, my Morgan horse, I got my first real taste of riding in the Sacred Space.
The feeling of riding in the Sacred Space had such a profound impact on me that I decided to jump back into academia to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. I wanted to find a scientific explanation for my experience with Tank. I knew that science would give me a credible foundation and a partial explanation, but I also knew that there were aspects of the Sacred Space experience that science couldn't explain. This realization led me to explore whether spirituality and quantum physics could fill in some missing pieces. After this intense learning phase of my life, I now have certifications in hypnosis, mental training, and several energy healing modalities.
My journey to find the Sacred Space and teach it to others has not been easy. I have encountered rejections, frustration, and outright hostility. I have kept going because I know what is possible when you take this journey. When we improve ourselves, our horses reward us beyond our wildest dreams.
Dr. Susan Fay
THE MEANING BEHIND SACRED SPACES
After I finished writing my book, I struggled to come up with a title. I couldn't think of any words that would capture the honor, respect, and reverence that I experience when working with horses and people.
As I was ruminating over the title, a friend of mine called, she had been experiencing some frustration in her life and wanted a day with the horses. I told her to stop by, and we would both take a break and enjoy the warm sunshine, brilliant blue Colorado sky, and soothing horse energy. We grabbed some chairs and sat down in the arena. My horse, Knowledge, came over to hang out with us. She chased the other horses away, so just the three of us. Knowledge did some amazing energy healing on my friend. Afterward, we just sat and enjoyed the peaceful time together.
I told my friend about my block of coming up with a name for the book. I asked her what she would call the experience she had with Knowledge. Without hesitation, she said, "It's the Sacred Space." That name immediately resonated with me.
I told some people about the name I had chosen for my book. I got silence, blank stares, or less than enthusiastic responses. Several told me that if I published it with that name, nobody would find it because it wasn't a title for a book about horses. I took that to heart but decided that those who were truly looking for a different way of being with horses would somehow stumble upon it, or it would find them.
So many blessings have come to me after writing the book. Somehow it did find the right people. I feel a huge obligation to keep this work pure and uncorrupted. Therefore, I primarily only advertise through word of mouth, this website, and my Facebook group. Although I would like the Scared Space principles to reach a broader audience, I understand that not everyone is ready. The principles I teach only work for people committed to learning and implementing them. It takes time and effort because it requires that you work on yourself. This is a journey to becoming a more aware and spiritually connected human. The path is not always clear or easy. Just remember, you will always have your horse and the entire Sacred Spaces community rooting for you.
All I can tell you is that this Sacred Spaces journey has been incredible and life-changing for all my horses and me. It was worth every moment of struggle and frustration I encountered along the way. Sacred Spaces is not about techniques; it's about living every moment you can with awareness and striving to become your horse's once-in-a-lifetime human.