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Who is Cindy
Cindy is an Equine Touch Practitioner, she also uses Aromatherapy oils and Energy work to help horses with physical and emotional problems. Cindy taught and performed Belly Dancing for 30+ years, great exercise for the mind, body and soul. Her students found that the dance helped them to get in rhythm and in sync with their horse.
Calypso loves Trail rides and Dancing. He is still a very emotional and challenging mustang but an amazing partner! Calypso will be performing in the Mustang Days at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.
Calypso and Cindy performed to Burlesque at the Mustang Days Freestyle. Calypso loved the cheers of the audience.
yawning after his Equine Touch
Equine Touch is an invaluable tool for emotional and Traumatized horses.
Just ask Shocktop!
Cindy was an Extreme Mustang Makeover Trainer in Colorado in 2010 and 2011. Her first Mustang, Calypso now lives at Spirit Dancer Ranch along with several horses that Cindy has rescued and re-habilitated.
Equine Touch and Aromatherapy Oils was essential in his training.
Maverick, Cindy's second mustang had a tooth problem and did not sell at auction. He has since found a wonderful home. He is quite a gentle sweetheart and an awesome trail horse.
Cindy has rescued and rehabbed many horses. These two Icelandics were so wild they were going to be shot. Cindy and her brother retrieved them, he took one and Shocktop lives at Spirit Dancer Ranch, happy and friendly as a puppy dog. They both love and have excelled with Equine Touch.
Cindy combines her BellyDancing with her extensive Horsemanship Training to Enhance her own style of Teaching with Heart as well as mind, Liberty and Body Language
Then Cricket came into her life and changed it forever!
Cindy has been in love with horses since she was a young girl. She and her sisters spent time at the pasture across the road where horses were boarded. They helped each other up on the horses so that they could ride them. They had their own rodeos by tying nylon stockings around ponies flanks. Somehow they survived their child hood.
An Uncle gave them a donkey named Moe. Father's rule was learn to ride bareback, then he would buy a saddle. After they learned to ride quite well bare-back, he said they no longer needed a saddle.
Cindy has been riding back back ever since.
Johnny Soderberg gave Cindy her very own horse when she graduated High School, she was a mare that no one else wanted because she was so ornery. Cindy rode her every day. She rode her out to the main road for mail which was 6 miles each way. They even did some moon light rides, just the two of them.
When her Mare had a beautiful Appaloosa colt, she named him Dutch. He nickered every time he saw her. They had a great relationship, like a couple of kids. One day when he was almost a year old, he acted like he did not recognize Cindy. She called CSU and they said he had Encephalitis. Cindy was devastated. CSU doctored him for a week. Cindy wanted to put him in the corral but the Vet said he might get hurt. The next morning he was found tangled in the cat tails half dead. The Vet said to put him down and that was it for Cindy. She did not want that pain again. For 20 years, horses did not exist for her.
In 1995, Cindy was rear-ended in a car accident. Being a Professional Belly Dancer and teacher, she was used to being very limber. After the accident, Cindy could not hold her arms up in the air. She got so depressed that her husband, Mark, took her to a Paint Horse Auction.ere.
The auction house was packed and the only place to sit was on the stairs. Many beautiful horses came through ranging from $300.00 to $600.00. Then this
scrawny little guy with one blue eye came into the ring. And $210.00 later Cindy had a horse, with no pasture or trailer. Cricket must have been kicked when 80 head of pasture bred colts were loaded into the Semi, headed to the auction; he creaked when he walked, hence the name Cricket. Cricket and Cindy played together, hung out together and healed together. The problem was that she loved him and hugged him but he did not respect her. He bucked her off and ran over her if he was pressured. Mark said that he would get rid of him if he hurt her again. Cindy looked for Training methods and found Pat Parelli. It took 5 years to get through Level 3 but what a difference it made in their relationship. Cricket & Cindy dance together on the ground and on his back! He picks her up from the rail at liberty for their rides, even if it has been a year since his last ride.
Cricket is now retired and living on 140 acres.
Cindy has studied and ridden with many top horsemen such as Eitan Beth-Halachmy, Ray Hunt, Buck Brannaman, Jack Brainard, Manuel Trigo, Jason Patrick, the Parelli's, and many more. She Graduated L-3 PNH in 2004. She still uses the PNH games in her colt starting. Her love of the horse keeps her searching for more knowledge. Learning is a lifelong process.