One of the greatest skills of an instructor or trainer is the ability to wait.
They say, “Let the horse be a horse.” But what else can they possibly be?
Associations can work for us or against us. For example, a horse could associate the trailer with a negative experience. How do we change that?
In the last few years I’ve heard a many an equine myth. We could probably write an entire book on them – I’m sure it would be hilarious – but for now let’s focus on the horse’s eyes and vision. Pardon the pun there.
What is it, about a horse
That allows them to trot their way
Into our hearts
And become a part of us?
Riding or working with an anxious horse can be intimidating, especially if we’ve had a mishap or suffered an injury. It’s important to recognize that when our horse spooks, they’re also struggling with a confidence issue. But as a team, we can work through these struggles together as we build strength in our relationship.
What we learn in the process of working with a young horse, starting or restarting a mature horse or working a horse through troubles is invaluable. These are the skills that will make you a proficient rider. And the time will come where you’ll have to help a horse or have the opportunity to start or restart one.
Going through the anguish of losing a good friend is tough.
Liberty exercises are fantastic in order to build a trusted leadership connection: a relationship that reaps benefits when you’re in the saddle. What true liberty work really does is cause you to become proficient in speaking the language of the horse and put it to practical every-day purpose.
I just returned home from spending a great couple of days with my parents. Mom is a talented pianist and vocalist. She played the organ in the church every Sunday in the village I grew up in and has sung in choirs for as long as I can remember. On Sunday evening, the United Church […]