The horse that changed everything.
It was November 15th, 2010, one of the coldest winters in Sweden in 150 years. Mats was home alone and Ylwa's horse Jeenial was very ill. He went with him in meters deep snow but when the vet came in the morning he was sentenced to die. But we fought for him, it took an abdominal opening and 3.5 hours of surgery
but he managed it against all odds.
A long recovery period had begun and something happened in our view of horse handling and riding. By only hanging out with a horse that has been through something so traumatic, and having no requirements to perform anything, a very special contact emerged. It was like trying to learn to walk and talk again and we named our experiences to the H3 method. He taught us that as long as we take the time to listen and try to understand what the horses want, we can learn a great deal about ourselves. And he made us aware of our own body language and the unconscious signals we are constantly sending out.
For three months, Ylwa and Jeenial only worked from the ground up to build him up, and when it was time to start riding again, it was important that the wonderful contact that had developed should not be destroyed. The courage to dare to let go of control in the reins did not really exist from the beginning and a diversionary maneuver was required to make it work. Horeback archery became the solution. Since that day, we help between 150 and 200 Teams every year to build relationships with each other. Because without a relationship, it's hard to do anything at all.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE WORLD
Ylwa and Mats answered yes to that question and in 2011 they started the company DHA which stands for Dalecarlian Horse Academy. Dalecarlian comes from the Latin word "Dalecarlia", which simply means Dalarna, because that is where they live. They wanted to help create a better world for both horses and humans
by spreading knowledge about the H3 method. You'll always have to start with yourself.
Since they both have a past as a Knights, it also became a matter of course to pay a Knights oath
in three words as guiding stars. Three words that permeate the entire business:
A knight's first task is to protect and defend the defenseless, it can sometimes mean that you have to follow your convictions even though your own self risks losing it. Because ot this, it is required Courage.
A Knight must carry a conviction that the world can change for the better. They work to create improvement and they believe in change. But to be able to do that, it takes Trust to all individuals you meet.
A Knight must respect and have understanding for his Teammate, because together you must achieve a goal.
Therefore, one must renounce one's Ego in favor of Teamwork.