Carolyn Resnick Horsemanship: Liberty Horse Training

The Foundation for All Equestrian Pursuits Through the Horse-Human Connection.

Here is the information I promised my current online Waterhole Rituals class on how to develop a draw on your horse at Liberty dancing for the “call up”.

Photo by Teddie ZieglerWhat the class was doing in the “call up” was stopping and “backing up” when the horse was not in front of them. This makes it hard for the horse to see his handler. The class had a tendency to be behind the horse in the “call up”, which put the horse leaving his handler, making it more difficult for the horse to want to return when called. You want to be in front of your horse for the “call up” for his initial training.  In this position the horse is coming towards you when you are backing up.  In this position it is easy for the horse to return.  Since you are working in a rectangle the rectangle plays an integral part in helping you to be in the right position for the “call up”.

When you are influencing your horse to move independently from you, with lots of energy in trot or canter, you will notice that you are closer to one side of the fence line than the other. When you go to call your horse up what you want to do is to stop your driving aids by not moving forward and then proceed by pulling back and move to the other side of the fence line so that when he turns to go down the fence on the other side you are then in front of him. This way when you invite him to join you he is headed towards you, which makes it natural for him to then “come up” to you from your invitation. He also has two eyes on you, which causes you to have the full attention of your horse.

Photo by Teddie ZieglerRemember at first when he is coming up to you that he might be slow, at a walk rather than trotting all the way up, and this is “ok”. He will evolve into coming all the way up in trot from a week of practice or less.  When he comes to you at a trot, ask for companion trotting and take him to a destination when he can take a break for about 5 minutes (more or less) and then you can repeat the exercise. You want your horse to feel very proud of himself.

If you feel you cannot slow your horse down when he is coming up to you, step towards your horse to slow him down.  If this does not work, send him out again in a way that keeps the flow between you. What I mean by this is do not send him away punitively.

Photo by Teddie ZieglerYou do not want your horse charging you and you don’t want to lose your influence when he is coming to you. Your horse needs to look for your direction as he is coming up to you in how you want him to approach you, whether to slow down or pick up speed.  You regulate your horse’s speed, theoretically by moving forward or backwards, moving backwards creates more speed and moving forward slows the horse down.  Do not work on this speed control in the beginning because your horse first needs to get the idea.

In the training of your horse, you will need to adjust your horse’s response to you daily. Start each day as if your horse knows nothing and work from this point of view and see where it takes you that day. Whatever your horse offers you that day, be fine with it. It is normal that some days will be great and others will feel like you have slipped backwards.  Understanding this will help you to relax and enjoy the journey.

Photo by Teddie ZieglerThe Waterhole Rituals really will help you to keep your horse brilliant and loving life.  In my life I have found that it is easier for people to train a horse to a championship performance than to “keep” a horse a champion.   If you remember that the Waterhole Rituals are about focusing on the adjustments of your horse’s attitude, you will be able to do this.  The trick is knowing how to “keep” your horse feeling responsible and enthusiastic to the performance that you are asking from him.

Whatever takes place it is in your hands and the results of your horse’s attitude and performance is of your own doing.

Thank you for being in my current online Waterhole Rituals class. This class was enthusiastic which made it a lot of fun for me and I want to thank you for loving your animals like you all do!!

Training should be the best part of a horse’s day.  Just remember he will have times when he does not like doing things, but when it is in balance with what he likes it actually creates more interest and enthusiasm in his attitude.

Have a great weekend!  Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.

Warmly, Carolyn


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  1. Liberty Training in a Free Environment
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  3. The Best Approach in the Training of Horses

32 Responses to “Free Lesson – How to Develop a Draw on Your Horse”

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    avatar Colette Deschenes says:

    Hello Carolyn!
    Just a note to say “Thank you SO very much for your continued efforts in providing us with insights :) My older horse is not well and I have therefore not be able to take Vol au Vent away for exercise. Today, the older love was well enough for me to practice more the WHR with Vol au Vent within sight… We had such a lovely time, Mr. V was happy and we had a nice little dance! A real joyful treat for both of us!

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    avatar Camille says:

    Hello! Thank you for this free lesson!

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    avatar Ginny Carr Los Osos, California EC Holly says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    I went to see Holly today, very much wanting to “try something” with her after the clinic. After connecting with her and some grooming and reciprocal movements, I decided to put a pile of hay in the middle of her pen and practice head up/head down. She does this without food but today with the hay it was difficult to get the head up. So I sent her from the pile and asked her to “wait” a few steps from the pile until I took her back and said “head down”. It was good! She gets more connected the more I send her away. At first she seemed pissy that I was making her leave the pile, but she got the idea and she started coming back with a look on her face of curiosity or wondering what I would say next. She got her head up when I asked a couple of times so then I decided to take her up to the tack area just for a little rinse, and then I took her on a walk around the ranch where I practiced leading her, stopping, starting, taking her to an area that was new to her. She started looking around with a little bit of spooky energy but I did not get spooked by her spookiness! I asked her to turn her head straight and led her with calm confidence and we had a great day. I am not concerned about days that are not so “good”, because I have learned from you about evolution and faith in the journey. But today was great and I just wanted to let you know. Thank you for all your great teaching and care! Happy Thanksgiving to you and Teddie!

    • 17.1

      Dear Ginny,
      I am so glad the exercises and Rituals worked for you and that you got the idea that by sicking to your program your horse would melt naturally into your leadership and in the process a deeper bond would form.
      Thank you for your support at my clinic. It was a pleasure having you as a team member.


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    avatar Robyn Bardas says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    Just checking in, and lovely to see the new member of the ranch, as well as you in the pictures.
    xx Robyn

  5. 15
    avatar Natalie says:

    Great lesson, very precise and meaningful, as always!
    Thanks and love,
    xxx, Natalie.

  6. 14
    avatar Marcia Basarab says:

    Thanks for the extra help! Very much appreciated

  7. 13
    avatar Sandy Filippi says:

    Just love all the “extras” you share! Wishing I could come to California; maybe someday! Thanks Carolyn!

  8. 12

    Checking in and many thanks Cx

  9. 11
    avatar Anki Church says:

    Checking in.

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    avatar Michelle Stewart says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    Thank you for the lesson I’m personally not there yet but makes sense !
    I truly enjoy the Liberty Training and so does my horse. It truly builds layers of bondage with your horse.

    Love that you share xo

    Thank you


  11. 9

    Checking in, and thank you Carolyn for these tips on the draw :-) .


  12. 8

    thanks for the lesson, Carolyn

  13. 7
    avatar T. Houtman says:

    checking in, thank you!

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    avatar Ulrike Kraft says:

    Dear Carolyn,

    thank you so much for this free lesson! It will be very useful to me once I’ll start doing faster work. I keep waiting to find suitable humans to play the Carrot Game with to work on the gas pedal and the draw, but so far it’s only happened once with one of my five horses. I’m only just starting to get the hang of LFB and what energy is required when. I have mostly been concentrating on that, ST, Hello and politeness around food. I’m not in a hurry and I love how using your method lets things evolve naturally.

    I have one question:

    “When he comes to you at a trot, ask for companion trotting and take him to a destination when he can take a break for about 5 minutes (more or less) and then you can repeat the exercise.”

    When I ask for companion trotting, will I turn around to match his direction of coming towards me, or will I let him circle around me, or even stop first?

    Thanks again for sharing the video on animal communication last week! My children are having a lot of fun talking to our animals and that they actually physically respond to what they are asking them to do in their minds.
    One of our dogs was really funny: I asked her to stay away from the road because it’s really dangerous and she said that she is never going to listen to that because the road is the only interesting place and she’s taken herself down to the butcher’s shop and back and she was fine, so she can really look after herself, thanks very much!
    I’m still laughing about it although I didn’t really like her answer. At least it confirmed that she has to stay inside or in the dog run, if unsupervised.

    Thank you again and again!


    • 5.1

      Dear Ulrike,
      The Carrot game can help but put you in front of your horse. This is why it works so well in teaching the draw if you have a back up person to encourage your horse forward.


  16. 4
    avatar Karen Hammers says:

    Dear Carolyn,
    I have been watching you on the web for several months, and I am so excited to come and take your Dances with Horses class in the spring. I have a question not sure if you will answer it without me being a student right now, however if you could just direct me a little I would be forever grateful. I have a 21 year old Paso Fino that was rescued from a ranch, he was in a turnout approximately a quarter of an acre with another horse that passed away just before I got him. I went to see him and he was very calm in his environment, and felt he would be really good around children I am affiliated with a rescue that works with at risk kids. I loaded him in the trailer for the hour long ride home, and it is like I was given a different horse. He is so fearful, paces, shakes, uses his head as a weapon on me, he does not bite, kick or strike, but you can see in his body language he is scared to death. I have had him for six weeks, and he has taken to my older Arabian who is in the next stall, so I am able to pony him around, but I cannot make a connection with him, and am at a loss of what to do with him. I would like to bring him with me to your clinic, however my work does not allow me to attend until the spring, and I feel like I am being unfair to him, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Fondly, Karen Hammers

    • 4.1

      Dear Karen,
      I do not want to be a broken record but Sharing Territory is what I would suggest and let him come around in the time he needs. We do not take horses in to my program until there is a bond and trust with the student. The reason being that your whole time here would be Sharing Territory and you can do that from your home.
      This is my advice for now when he is not paying attention to you and is pacing do not let him close to you. Ask him to move way from you until he is calm then let him connect with you.
      This breed can be very fearful by nature and taking it slowly and Sharing Territory works nicely with fearful horses.


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    avatar Alexandra Lalieu & Prince Sahran, Neversink, NY (EC Spring 2013, IC Fall 2013) says:

    Dear Carolyn,
    Thank you for posting this extra lesson to help us!
    I delight in the way your WHR encourage me to find creative solutions to questions that come up during my study. I was about to ask you a question here, but as I was writing, I was putting myself in your shoes… at that moment, a possible solution popped up in my mind!
    Thank you for encouraging us, not only how to think for ourselves instead of simply giving us answers, but also teaching us the foundation of knowledge: awareness of our Oneness with Nature, through which which ALL answers are available…it is…like a Waterhole.
    Blessed be!
    Alexandra Lalieu & Sahran – Neversink, NY, USA – EC Spring 2013, IC Fall 2013

    • 3.1

      I really enjoy you being in my class and I hope you continue your studies with me in the future.


      • 3.1.1
        avatar Alexandra Lalieu & Prince Sahran, Neversink, NY (EC Spring 2013, IC Fall 2013) says:

        Sweet to hear you say that, Carolyn! Yes, I will continue!
        Blessed be,

  18. 2

    Dear Carolyn–this is wonderful! It really does make sense, and looking back through my videos of him, I can see the difference in Galahad’s response depending on where I was standing when I asked him to come. He’s trained via roundpenning to turn and face me when I move away from him, but now I understand why sometimes he’ll come up and sometimes not.

    We’ll practice this! Thank you!

    – Kay

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