We had the good fortune of connecting with Liz Polanco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liz, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business started when I finished my schooling in Equine massage level 2 at the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage.
I had previous certification in Therapeutic riding Through PATH Int. as well as having gone to school in Boulder Psychic Horizons Center, learning how to manage my psychic abilities and animal communication for 3 years.
The barn where I had been teaching Therapeutic riding for over 12 years was getting sold in October 2019. It truly was the perfect time to me to go ahead and start my own buisness. Then 2020 happened.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What sets me apart from everyone is a label that I can never narrow down.
Certified in Therapeutic Riding through PATH International. Level 2. I got the opportunity to work with people who ranged in cognitive disabilities, emotional disabilities, able-bodied individuals, young and old. I didn’t just keep to riding lessons, I also worked on the ground with my students. Always having the requirement to work with a horse on the ground as I believed this was the best way to learn connection. Mostly teaching centered riding and connection with horse.
It always made me happy seeing my students smile, laugh and genuinely love the entire experience. They never wanted to stop.
Being at Good Reception Ranch taught me a lot as well. I worked with younger horses as the horses at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center had mostly older horses. All docile and trained to work with people with disabilities. The horses at Good Reception Ranch ranged from 2 year Olds to 20 year Olds. A lot of them giving me a challenge. I would work younger horses, getting them exercised, saddled, and ready for trainers. It was always fun working with the foals, halter training and walking them out with mom. Learning to work with spunky colts and fillies as it pushed me further to become the strong horse person that I am today.
Went to Psychic Horizons Center to develop my own psychic abilities for 3 years including animal communication. This was an interesting chapter in my life because I battled my own inner doubt. I have been pushed to not believe in that kind of thing from my family in the past. I would be so embarrassed of my own ability that I would just close it off. It proved to be the wrong thing to do because no matter how much I ignored my intuition, it would always come back 10 times louder. I couldn’t handle it any more so going to Psychic Horizons was the best thing that could have happened to me. I learned how to be in tune with myself and my surroundings as well as keeping myself protected correctly. Receiving information in an energetic way without becoming overwhelmed. Developing my animal communication along the way.
I certified in Equine Massage Level 1 and 2 at The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. I wanted to learn more about how I could help horses move better through healing touch and massage. This seemed like the right thing to do. I learned so much form horse anatomy and how to massage horses that I now do other funny little critters like goats, pigs and cows. I’m happy to inform that any animal that receives a massage from me always falls asleep or is in total bliss.
Everything took years to master. I learned to be completely in the moment and to give myself a break. I had to learn that I couldn’t be a perfectionist at everything that I learned no matter how frustrated I got at myself. I teach patience, kindness and awareness for a reason. I want my students to see that the hard work that they put in their lessons takes time, compassion, and awareness of self so that they can go and apply it to their own lives. It’s learning to conquer a fear or learning to connect with an animal on the ground big or small and how they can take that and see what’s going on in their lives and how to shift that vibration in the moment to address anything thrown their way.
I want people to give me a chance to show you what I can do. Weather It’s animal communication , massage, or riding lessons or horse training. Let me share my magic. I promise you won’t regret it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I feel like I’d drag my friend everywhere I’d go. You can’t go wrong with animals so places like the Wildlife Animal Sanctuary, Denver Zoo or Cheyenne Mountain Zoo would be high on the list. Anything to do with animals is a priority!
Food is also important, so I’d take them to Sakura Japanese Cuisine for sushi, Protos Pizza. Maldos Coffee & Boba, Modern Market Eatery, Las Palmeras Mexican Restaurant and flavor of India. All in Longmont.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Mica Graves has been my mentor for years. I met her in 2004 at The Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center when I was 14 years old and followed her to her family’s ranch in 2011. I learned EVERYTHING about horses through her. She pushed me when I thought I couldn’t do more, showed me my potential and always was there to encourage me to be better, work harder, and to prove to not only myself but people around me that I was a force to be reckoned with. That woman helped me in more ways then one, always having my back and believing in me. I wouldn’t have blossomed into the person I am today without her. She’s still around keeping an eye on me and continuing to push me when I need it and I am for ever grateful to her and her amazing family for the continued suport.
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