Mar 6th, 2014 by Carolyn Resnick
A good thing to know about training horses is that when you introduce something new to a horse for the first time it is natural for him to not know what you are asking. Saying that, it is still our responsibility to set him up to be prepared and willing to figure out what we are asking him to do. That means giving requests in smaller or easier segments in order to prepare your horse for the next part of his training. You would not start training your horse to jump a 6 foot fence if he had never jumped before.
Someone said on my last blog that she felt the horse I had talked about in that blog was frustrated because he didn’t understand what was being asked of him. She may have been correct in her assumption, but it brought up a subject that I would like to discuss with everyone today.
It is natural in nature that everything is learned from not knowing.
And this is what makes horses easier to train than people. So if you run into this problem with your horse and you feel he is frustrated choose an exercise that you have confidence … Read more
Feb 27th, 2014 by Carolyn Resnick
I watch a lot of YouTube videos.
My computer tells me about 5,200 so far and counting. My focus is on animals, nature and horse training. One time I watched about 5 hours of training a horse for a mustang makeover by a prson that scored very high and she was very good at handling a mustang. She explained every detail of what she was doing. The horse was a wild mustang that was scared and reacted in fear by running around in a stall while she was desensitizing the horse to touch with a pole. She talked in soft tones of encouragement to the horse and little by little she got compliance and then moved on to the next step.
Each step she took she got the same response, a feeling of apprehension and then compliance. Each step was way over the horse’s ability and at first he could not perform what was being asked of him, but little by little he learned the lesson. She ended up with a very well trained horse that in her mind was done the easy way with love and compassion. What I noticed was the terror in the horse’s eyes … Read more
Feb 20th, 2014 by Carolyn Resnick
The horse whisperer knows to exhibit an ability to “own” his personal space because he understands that the horse with the highest ability to control his personal boundaries is the most respected in the herd. Actually sharing personal space and setting boundaries is the courtship in how bonds are built in natural herds.
The reason respect is important is that it will bring about a magnetic connection where a horse will choose your leadership and you will have the full attention of your horse.
When personal boundaries are respected they are no longer needed. At that moment a magnetic connection is there for the taking.
This is the key to bonding with a horse. It has nothing to do with tack or capturing a horse against its will. You need to set boundaries in order to remove them.
All of this and more will be covered in my online course that starts March 16th and 17th. Hope to see you there.
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I would also like to thank everyone who participated in the Webinar this past Monday on the code of conduct. We had such a great response we took … Read more
Feb 13th, 2014 by Carolyn Resnick
Getting your horse to follow the code of conduct with you is easily gained through the practice of Reciprocal Movements. This practice will open the lines of communication and develop a horse that will choose your leadership over his own. Remember in my book “Naked Liberty” I wrote about Reciprocal Movements and how important this activity is while Sharing Territory with horses, even as a meditation.
Sharing Territory as a meditation is the first step before moving into Reciprocal Movements. This puts you in the right state of being, so you are vibrating energy that brings a sense of well- being to your horse. This also gives time for your horse to become aware that he or she is sharing this same energy with you. You are looking for resonance, first doing nothing that will later move into a dance of Reciprocal Movements in harmony. The word resonance means re-sound, which indicates a flow of vibration between two things, in this case between horse and human.
How to communicate with your horse through energy:
Make a picture in your mind of what it is that you want to communicate with your horse. Allow that picture to influence your feelings so … Read more
Feb 5th, 2014 by Carolyn Resnick
It amazes me when I look up to see overhead black clouds of birds making patterns in the sky and not one bird falls from the sky from having collided with another bird. How is this possible? The birds are flying so close to one another in some of their maneuvers that the sky can not be seen at all. The swirling patterns are changing so fast that these birds must be flying at a rapid speed and still no accidents happen.
Just think of what it might feel like to experience the flight of these birds:
Alternatively, we as humans in cars, with all of our laws and staying on predictable pathways going in one direction, can’t help but have mishaps and accidents.
What creates harmony in movement?
There is a code of conduct within nature that creates order and harmony. Within the code of conduct there is an ability to dance in freedom and harmony with others. These birds uphold this code of conduct. Natural horse herds also follow this code of conduct.
Following this code can wake up your ability to reach this synchronicity and your instincts to sail in freedom, sharing a magnetic connection and a … Read more
Jan 30th, 2014 by Carolyn Resnick
The energy of this YouTube is the energy I have planned for the Academy…
The Academy is coming right along.
Soon we will be offering our first certification program in the Waterhole Rituals. The Carolyn Resnick Academy is a school that prepares and certifies student trainers to be able to teach my Method. I have appointed Teddie Ziegler the Director of the Academy working with myself and Linda Salinas. Teddie has practical knowledgeable and details of my Method using the Waterhole Rituals and how I want my method to be taught and represented to the public. She will also soon have knowledge of starting a horse to a finished bitless dressage horse in the training of Teddie’s project horse, Oso.
There are Four Certification Programs:
- Certification in “Sharing Territory” which includes everything needed for the understanding and practice of all the exercises in the first Waterhole Ritual in the Carolyn Resnick Method.
- Certification in “The 5 Heart-Felt Strings of Connection” which includes everything needed for the understanding and practice of the first six Waterhole Rituals in the Carolyn Resnick Method. The 5 heart felt strings of connection are what are used to create the dance at Liberty.
- Certification in “Liberty
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Jan 23rd, 2014 by Carolyn Resnick
Here is the story I promised you in last week’s blog.
Gloria White, who was 14 years old, wanted to put her horse, Cody, in training with me so she could show him in English Pleasure. I screen my clients very closely, wanting to pick horses and people that are choosing a path that I believe is really meant for them, so they can experience the dream they want to have with their horse. The other thing is that I want my clients to be realistic in what it will take to produce a harmonious dance with their horse.
I was never about fixing problems, though it seemed to be something I would end up doing by getting enthusiastic about the story that I might be able to bring a happy ending to. This was the case with Gloria and Cody. They had a rough time together, when I first met them, due to the damage of previous aggressive coaching. Gloria’s hands were blistered from pulling on Cody’s mouth so hard because a former coach had told her to do so. Cody was traumatized to the point of standing in his stall and holding his breath. His body, from the … Read more