I have been in love with horses since I was eleven, and my family won my first pony in a bank drawing. Horses have been my family, my best friends, and some my greatest teachers. I feel so fortunate to have lived my life with these powerful healers, and credit much of my personality to what I have learned from horses. Horses continue to teach me every day, lessons in presence, patience, boundaries, courage, leadership, loyalty, sensitivity, and how to listen understand with all of my senses. My dad was my hero and a gifted physical therapist. I grew up in his rehabilitation gym watching him inspire all who knew him with his enthusiasm and belief that anyone could improve their physical and emotional conditions given the chance. Rather than focusing on a disability, he only focused on abilities, how to strengthen and make the most of each person's innate gifts. I have adopted my dad's positive philosophy and believe that my imprinting with him is the foundation of my work with Horse Time. My dad had a massive right brain hemorrhagic stroke when he was 88, leaving him wheelchair bound with a TBI. For 3 years before he died I cared for him, accompanied him to PT, OT, SP, pool therapy, bathed him, and supported him in every aspect of his life. After he passed, I knew that I was going to devote the remainder of my life to providing support to people with special needs or who were in rehabilitation. My love of horses, art, and people all came together as a career in Therapeutic Riding. I have been a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor since 2012 and officially launched my Horse Time business in 2014. My dream is to share the healing intimacy, relationship, peace and wholeness I feel every day when I am with my horses with others who may never have had the opportunity to really know a horse. I am also continually amazed with my lifetime journey into self-awareness of my body through riding. With each ride I increase my connection with my own body and with my horses. This is a exciting lifelong journey for me and one I am thrilled to share with my students. Without knowing it, many of my early life's pursuits now culminate in Horse Time: I Minored in Dance at U of M, Missoula and taught Creative Movement for Children, Beginning Yoga, I was a fanatic rock climber for a while, and most recently, I teach Creative Movement with Art For Autism. My interest in expressive movement and body awareness fuels my constant desire to become a better rider and to teach in a way that helps my students connect their entire body in harmony with their lesson horse. I have been a professional Jazz Vocalist for over 20 years, performing in venues from fine dining, big bands, weddings and parties. My comfort with singing, using rhythm, music and dance is woven with playfulness and spontaneity into all of my Horse Time lessons. I was formerly a A.C.H.E. Clinical Hypnotherapist (A.C.H.E. - American Certified Hypnotist Examiners). Since I thrive on movement and being outdoors with my horses, for me to bring the creative concepts from Hypnotherapy into my teaching in Horse Time is a perfect fit: imagery, intention, self-confidence, independence, self-expression, are . In the winter when it is too cold to schedule Horse Time lessons, I spend a lot of time outdoors alone with my horses doing training and TTouch work with them, and I become a potter and a ceramic sculptor. I have a wonderful warm studio where my work feels like play, and I teach Sculpture & Wheel Throwing classes. I have a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture & Pottery from U of M, Missoula and I am a member of AAB (Artists Along The Bitterroot). You can visit my ceramic website at lococlayco.com I feel I have a perfect life, with my loving supportive husband and partner Paul, cute horses, an amazing team of skilled and inspired volunteers you'll meet below, and the gift of being able to witness my student's joy, amazement, healing and growth through their experiences with my horses. It is like watching little miracles in every lesson as students surprise themselves with new skills, awarenesses and abilities.
"Hi, my name is Audrey Seeley. After entering my retirement journey in June, 2014 I met Lori Conner through a mutual friend and began to volunteer as a sidewalker in her Horse Time program. Lori and I soon discovered that we were kindred spirits in many ways, one of them being her approach to living with and loving horses, and my 20 year career in providing intervention programs for families and children with special needs. In my experience as a Special Education teacher, Early Interventionist and an Autism Specialist, I was always passionate about understanding each child's individual needs and the need to establish a caring loving relationship before a child would be willing to try new skills. This passion brought me to train directly with Dr. Richard Solomon to become certified in a developmental, relationship based intervention called the PLAY Project (www.playproject.org). PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters), is a nationally recognized, evidence based program that provides in-home training and support for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is an intensive intervention model that is designed to support parents and caregivers to make meaningful connections with their child ... which helps the child make meaningful connections with others and the world around them. This brings them out of isolation and into a place where communication, social interactions and loving relationships develop. The opportunity to continue to touch lives of children with autism and other special needs by volunteering for Lori's Horse Time program, and to be able to nurture my childhood love of horses is a perfect retirement plan come true."
"My experience with horses, therapeutic riding and horsemanship, is recent and profound. I have grown to love the experience of riding horses, and share my wife Lori's love of the unique relationship available to us with a horse. I have also been deeply moved by experiencing the tremendous effect that having these contacts with horses has on students of Lori's program. From autism, to trauma, to a healthy and successful business person or parent whose life has become stressful and distracted, the effects of the lessons are immediate and amazing to be a part of. I have assisted as a sidewalker many times and find it to be a rewarding and gratifying volunteer experience. We find that our students become our friends and we see each other and stay in touch."
"Horses are an integral part of my soul. I always rode as a kid, showing my horses in Five Valleys Pony Club and 4-H. As I have grown, I have never let go of my passion for developing my skills as a rider and my relationships with my horse. I have volunteered as therapeutic riding programs in the past, and it always brought me joy that I could share this love of horses with my students, and watch as they learned to express themselves through the relationship they built with their horse and through the riding experience. Horses provide a safe, undiscriminating and healing environment. Whenever I am feeling tired, frustrated, or sad, I spend time with a horse, and leave the barn feeling content and whole with myself again. I have known Lori since I was a tiny little first grader, hopping off the bus for clay classes at her home. Being able to be a part of Horse Time and watching her program grow gives me this same joy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way."
Many blessings have been received by my loving connection with the horses that I have had the pleasure of bonding with during my life. Born in the great year cycle of 1985, I grew up in San Diego, California under the wings of a equestrian mother. She taught me the disciplines of patience, tender care, respect of the power horses command, and the deserved devotion it takes to understand the beauty of owning our own horses.
I am a new found Montanan with a passion for outdoor adventure and helping other fellow luminous beings. I entered the arena of Horse Time because of Lori's infinite compassion to create a unique experience with children and adults that have challenges and special needs. I help Lori to offer a relationship for all humans who want to receive the gifts provided from one of the only animals on this planet who can communicate with our spirits on the deepest level. Horses crave our love and attention. Horses are precise, cautious, intelligent, joyous creatures who thrive to work, please, and play, unbridled by an inherent symbiotic vibration of all 6 senses. Lori's program has opened my heart to a new way of speaking the language of horses. The approach of Horse Time is catered to the specific needs of every individual in a therapeutically holistic environment, not just a generic cookie cutter, time-based system.
I also work with children as a Direct Support Professional and a Respite Provider through the CDC (Center for Child Development) in Missoula and in Hamilton, MT.
It brings me such joy to encompass all of my passions through Horse Time to see the ear-to-ear smiles on children and parents who hurdle many obstacles in life.