By Yvonne Jansen
How many words do I need to describe Jason Alexander Wauters? When I watch him work with horses, I frequently feel “It is so true” and “It is complete”. Does it lie in his feeling for detail and his view that every detail is of identical value? After all, he says this about himself: “Details are what influence the human mind and my job is to help people become aware of them.”
If I look back on Fakir’s move last Tuesday with Jason leading him during a fierce spring storm,
I witnessed two and a half hours of leading with Fakir striding down the roads of Zeeland with confidence, patience and absolute focus. Whenever Fakir found the going difficult, Jason stopped and gave him time along with the assurance that he was always with him. Jason had carefully considered the advantages and disadvantages of moving him on a day such as that beforehand.
“We’re going,” says Jason. “It is important for Fakir to have a place of his own.” I have such enormous confidence in both man and horse that I do not entertain any doubts for a moment.
Slowly I drive ahead in my car and view their progress in the rear-view mirror. Jason’s cheeks are glowing, his lips curved in a warm smile. His eyes focus gently on Fakir, his hand clear and consistent before the horse’s nose on a loose lead. When Fakir requires time, he receives it, so too leadership, to continue, not to remain trapped by a mind full of worry, but to keep on moving.
Because I know Fakir well, I am aware that, if this task is completed so that it becomes a positive experience for the horse, it will amount to a “piece of art”.
What I see during this two-and-a-half-hour trip, which I am privileged to view from the front row, shows me that watching this process is the most exciting experience I can immerse myself in at present. This is because every detail is of value and it is precisely when working with horses that the devotion of such attention reveals its worth.
This is true and, as Nick says, “It just makes so much sense”.
Fakir and Jason move past flapping flags, fallen trees, passing vehicles and through a village where people are standing at the window. Once we arrive at our destination, I wonder whether we will promptly turn Fakir out into the field. No. Jason waits and centres Fakir for as long as it takes until he calmly walks behind him imbued with trust after yawning extensively, a sign of what the horse has been processing during the past few hours.
A great deal of patience, calm and focus pass through me, once I understand the message behind this. Jason is a professional through and through. He has an unrivalled feel for what a horse really needs. He is also acutely aware of what a human needs in relation to a horse (or without one).
This is because it is precisely his feeling for detail which makes him aware that he sometimes needs to stay truer to himself. His desire to satisfy everyone often leads him to ignore his own needs. He would like to help the whole world, so to speak, but by caring for himself better he may be able to do this in accordance with his own needs. He wants to share a message of love with those surrounding him but, as far as he is concerned, those surrounding him encompass the world. By considering himself and cultivating his feeling for detail in terms of space and time, and hence feasibility, he will be able to evolve to become who he is: “I am because I give and I am because I take”. He has his family and friends to help him in this respect.