As a child horses were my sounding board. They helped me filter experiences so that I could focus on what was good and healthy. My relationship with these four-legged healers made me who I am today – a skilled horse trainer, an award-winning riding instructor, a compassionate energy healer, and an intuitive equine therapy practitioner.
I have been training horses and riders for 30 years. Through decades of working with children and adults I have seen that much more goes on in the ring than just a riding lesson. I have witnessed how people grow and heal when they come face-to-face and heart-to-heart with a horse.
I expanded my professional practice to include massage therapy after graduating from the Southeastern School of Massage in Jacksonville, Florida. In 1999 I began my studies at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. As a Brennan Healing Science practitioner I combine high-sense perception and hands-on techniques to help clients discover the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual blocks that create “dis-ease” in their lives.
I earned certification in the EAGALA process of equine therapy to expand my healing practice. The EAGALA method of using horses as healers validated what I have seen happen in my own life and in healing work I have done with others: Horses open our hearts and minds to insights that we may not be able to imagine on our own.
Horses have been my companions for most of my life. I got my first pony when I was four years old and have been riding ever since. When I graduated from high school I wasn’t sure what was next. School was not my favorite place to be. What I did like to do was spend time playing with and nurturing young children.
My love of children and my experience as a nanny led me to study early childhood development in college.
My personal experience with a child diagnosed with autism inspired me to specialize in working with children whose special needs require creativity and sensitivity. With these special young people I learned the importance of setting boundaries. I followed their lead toward activities that spark their interest and help them learn their own life lessons.
What I do at Campbell’s Lane Farm is much more than teach people how to ride horses. I listen, observe and offer ideas that suit the needs of each client. In this safe environment people of all ages experience lessons that follow them off the farm and into their relationships with family and friends
Through millions of years of evolution horses have become hard-wired to survive by sensing what is around them with acute accuracy. These instincts keep the horses safe and let them determine how to act in their best interest. This same keen awareness allows them to mirror the inner lives of people they invite into their healing field.
We humans tend to live behind the masks of our roles, professions, beliefs, and wounds. We obsess about the past and worry about the future. Horses see through to our hearts where insights arise when we pay attention to what these healers show us.
Horses invite you into their healing field.
Campbell’s Lane Farm in Preston, Maryland, has been a place of comfort and welcome for over 100 years. The 50-acre farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore was owned by Anne Altvater’s grandparents for 69 years. She was a frequent visitor to the farm during childhood. Her memories are filled with days spent playing on horse-shaped swings built by her grandfather.
Anne took over the farm in 1999. In the following years she began training horses and coaching riders who have gone on to earn ribbons and develop self-confidence. Riders and visitors alike breathe more deeply as they step onto the grounds of what has become known as “tranquility acres” of Campbell’s Land Farm.