Having horses in our lives is a passion like no other (well it seems that way to horse lovers!).
Some of us are lucky enough to have a horse come into our lives that turns tradition on its head and forces us to look for other ways. Mine is a beautiful black mare called Foxy Lady. Foxy is a catalyst for change. She has had a marked impact on my life and the lives of many other people and horses.
Foxy showed me that without freedom of the mind, our horses lose their beautiful movement. Horses that are trained under an obedience model, even pressure and release methods, slowly bit by bit become automated in their movements, flat in their bodies and lose the interest to connect with their human. Many of these horses will trip and/or spook. Trainers can struggle to see why their horse has spooked. A great deal of spooking is caused by horses that are in an automated way of going. Their minds are under the control of the trainer and every now and then they snap out of this and spook. With tripping the horse is so busy following instructions that they forget about their own body or no longer feel connected to it and then they trip. Creating this automated way of going in our horses is the opposite of connecting with your horse.
So what is missing?
It’s simple. There is no conversation. The trainer is busy asking for what they want. The trainer is motivated by achieving their goals and the task at hand. They are not encouraging their horse to tell them how it feels. If we want our horse to enjoy their time with us, then we need to understand and encourage them to tell us how they feel. If we approach our horse the right way, then they most certainly will be asking to be involved with us and perhaps take us for the best ride of our life!
Join us as we uncover the essence of this change and the positive effects that it brings to our lives on so many levels. Enjoy the “Living the Horse” Trailer and we hope to see you at the cinema!
Ribbleton Attunement – Working in harmony and inspiring responsiveness