Oct 17th, 2013 by Carolyn Resnick
The Waterhole Rituals come alive, but not from following a recipe of do “this” and “that” and then your horse is magically trained. My Method does not give you the results that you are looking for by doing “this” and then “that” but rather, the benefits of the Method come from your personal approach to what happens in the moment. You start each day with your horse by quieting your activity and your mind. In this state of being you can tap into your own natural abilities. Being truly aware of the moment and the vibrations that you are sharing with your horse will help you to enter the horse’s world and know the magic that he can offer you as a true teacher. In this awareness you learn to lead through communication and by using your natural instincts.
My Method offers many purposes. One of the first purposes of my Method is how to open your heart and get back to your natural instincts and your creative self. You develop your ability to lead. You learn how to set limits as a way to train a horse that he will resonate to, where he would choose your leadership over his own. You learn how to choose a course of action that will get the results that you are looking to achieve.
For those students currently in my program, choose an exercise that seems to be the easiest one. What makes an exercise easy is that you completely understand why you are doing a particular exercise and can clearly see how it will get you the results that you want.
Once you have chosen the exercise, your first step is to pause and wait to see how your horse’s behavior, in the moment, might influence how you are going to approach your next interaction with him. Waiting and observing your horse will put you in the zone to know how to approach your horse at any given moment. When you are in this zone, it is almost like you are on automatic pilot and something is guiding you in how to train your horse. From this approach mistakes will not have a negative impact on your choices. Mistakes will instead have strong benefits.
What occurs in the moment with your horse will let you know what step to take next in order to bring my Method alive. I have lots of exercises to do this. Some will work with you and your horse and others will not. You and your horse get to choose which exercises you want to do. It is easy and fun because you follow the line of least resistance. Work with what you and your horse resonate with and you can see how that particular exercise will grow the bond, trust, respect, focus, communication and the performance of your horse. What you are creating with my program is a new you and a new horse. You will grow an ability to know how to go about building a heart-felt partnership with a horse.
What my current class is learning right now is that my Method is not a walk though program or a paint by numbers class. The first step we take is to look ahead and then figure out how you want to influence your horse so that both you and your horse feel a true heart-felt connection. You wait to influence your horse when you are both in neutral. In other words, when you have no agenda that would influence the energy of either you or your horse.
The next step is to wait and see where the ball rolls. Does it start with the actions of your horse or with you? If the ball is in your court, then imagine the different approaches that you could take next, and pick an approach. Remember this is a courtship and not all courtships go smoothly. Let the moment, your horse, and your caretaking leadership be your guide. Your horse’s response will guide your leadership approach. Many times you will find that you come up with your own way of approaching the lesson that you want to teach to your horse.
Good leadership practices comes from a “request” not a “demand”. This is a strong place to work from. When it comes to working with your horse in the Waterhole Rituals, working free at liberty while sharing personal space, when you ask him to leave your personal space no matter how he feels about it he must go no matter what, it is not a choice. This builds respect, interest, and desire in your horse to learn and perform. This can be done in a graceful manner. In the future, when you are training your horse from the saddle or on the ground with tack, it will never be necessary to force your horse to perform anything that you ask.
I hope what I am sharing with you is helpful to you in how to approach your horse effortlessly, easily, and naturally.
Have a great weekend! Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.
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