Carolyn Resnick Horsemanship: Liberty Horse Training

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

honeyI’m sharing this in hopes to make a difference and shed some light on how horses think, reason and process. The reason I find that this is important is that in the training of horses, for centuries, there is an attitude not to let a horse get away with something. It is thought that if you allow them to get away with something that it will become a negative response that the horse will hold onto. This isn’t the case.

I have loved, lived and been with horses all of my life. The purpose was, and is, to look at them closely to get to know them deeply realizing that in my lifetime I will never completely figure them out. However, through my years of focus on this subject I have learned many things about them. My knowledge has separated me from the equine community in the standpoint of how to approach, train and bond with a horse.

I know this video isn’t very good because it was an “out-take”. The reason it is an out-take is that it didn’t fit with what I want my students to do with their horses. The thing that is important is that Honey needed to be worked closer to the fence and I should have not allowed him to make the turns in the corners so far away. It wasn’t the path that I wanted him on. The other part of this was that I was doing serpentines that were truly unnoticeable. I did this exercise to put enough pressure on him so he might object like he did, that is what I wanted to share and I’m happy that I have this footage.

The thing I wanted everyone to notice here is that the reason Honey freaked out is that he felt the pressure of his lesson and shied at something that was unbeknown to me. But this business of him shying would not have happened if I had put him in the right state of being before we started. After his freak out I did not respond to it in any way and because of that it was never an issue for him again. We’ve got to learn when we are working with horses to stay on the subject of the training, don’t lose your focus, allow outbursts and a horse will learn more rapidly.

This approach will also cause you to see life and others from a new perspective. What it will do is cause you to respond to a horse differently and the result you receive from this different response in many ways could be life changing. You will find more comfort and support in your life that you didn’t believe is truly there for you.



This is a short blog. I hope it has some meaning to you and may you have a wonderful weekend. Watch out for new horse and human sightings and maybe that new human sighting will be you. May the horse be with you.

Let’s put videos from YouTube in this blog so we can share them. This is my offering.




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73 Responses to “I’m not Proud of this Video on Horse Training”

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    Hi Carolyn,

    I just saw this video of a facebook page I subscribe to which is: Wild for Wildlife and Nature. The pictures they post are incredible. I just saw this video and thought it was worth the post.


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    susanne meehan says:

    Susanne Meehan (EEC spring 2011), Ireland

    Dear Carolyn and hello all!
    Wishing you you all a very happy new year.
    All the videos are so inspiring!!!Horses have so much to give if people would only let them.
    My big dream for this year is to come out to you Carolyn and learn from you in person. Have you any Waterhole ritual courses this year? I have somehow lost my confidence and would like to start at the very beginning.

    warmly, Susan

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    Carol Caddes, San Juan Capistrano, CA, EC 2011, EC 2012, BTWR 2011, 2012 says:

    Hi Carolyn

    Enjoying Norman so much.

    i have a question: This may seem so fundamental, but I would like clarity. The vet says he needs to be walked a lot. Great by me. He’s still new to the stable and me. So share territory first (1/2 the time) then walk. And if he gets anxious on the walk take him back and then start over on the walk? He tends to want to take me for a walk, so either I slow down or speed up?

    Thanks for the video. Just loved it. The explanation prior helped me see the serpentine, etc.

    As always, I’m very grateful for you.

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    Jannie Smit (IC Spring and Summer 2012 BWHR 2012) says:


    Are you still ok for a 10 min. coaching call today? 5pm for your time?
    Do you want me to give you a call at that time?

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    Anna-Karin Hägglund (In a box and 2010 and EC spring 2011) says:

    I would like to share this one:

    I hope it will work :)

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    Katherine Harberd, UK, Spring 2012 IC says:

    Thank you Carolyn. I love what you say. I want to come and work with you but probably can’t get there until 2014. My horses are definitely becoming more patient and willing by being asked to ‘wait’ (like wait in the stable with the door open before walking out) so I will practice this kind of activity more. You say ‘force him to eat an apple’ … do you mean, open his mouth and shove in a piece of apple? I assume you mean to find ways to make your horse do something he would actually like so he becomes accustomed to being made to do something and not to mistrust (like ‘forcing’ him to take a syringe of carrot puree). Is this what you mean? Kx

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    Carolyn, could you perhaps elaborate a bit more about the ‘leading by the foot’? Do you mean picking up a foot and then the horse should walk with you while you hold that foot up? And how would you make him understand how to do that? Or do I misunderstand things here ;-)?


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    Dear Katherine,
    I remember when I first started to force feed a horse against his will. I was a child and I ran across horses that would stiffen up around people and didn’t want to accept direction. I thought to myself if I forced a horse to do something he really wanted to do like eat an apple we would, in time, trust me and relax. So I took a horse to a corner where he could not get away from me and then helped his head still against his will then tried to put an apple into his mouth so fast that he would object and at the same time used my strength to hold him still. We would struggle. I would win and then he found out that he did to. If I could not get him to eat it I would bite a piece of apple off and fed it to the horse pushing it into the corners of his cheeks and then holding his mouth shut. In no time my horses learned that they liked rough handling. Trust came. My horses looked forward to the rough games.

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    Dear Marja,
    I simple tie a rope to the foot and lead him this way. You can use another rope on his halter to use to help him along to transend from the lead rope to the foot rope. The back foot I would need to do this in person. Pat I thing and many other natural horseman have info on this you might check there.
    Hope this will help.

    Much love,

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    Katherine Harberd, UK, Spring 2012 IC says:

    Dear Carolyn. Thank you for talking about leading by the foot. There’s a lovely description of doing it as light and kind and easy as can be in the book ‘True Horsemanship Through Feel’ by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Diamond. It’s a good old-fashioned American read too but has not taught me as much about developing feel as you have. Kx

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    Thank you Carolyn for explaining about the ‘foot leading’. I also like what you wrote to Katherine about the ‘ruff stuff'; you’re always so good at inventing things that are brilliant by their simplicity :-)!

    Katherine, thanks for the tip about Bill Dorrance’s book, because I have that one!! I just didn’t remember there was something in it about the leading by the foot.


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    Katherine Harberd, UK, Spring 2012 IC says:

    Fabulous. We are going to have a lot of fun this year … and some ruff stuff too! Kx

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    Dear Desiree,
    Thank you for sharing and continuing to ready my blog. I so enjoy you and your horse.


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    Great you tube one of my all time favorites.

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    Dear Teri,
    Thanks for checking in!

    Big hug,

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    Thinking of you.

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    Dear Sandy,
    Thank you for your comment, It is how I hoped people would appreciate it.

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    Dear Wilma,
    It is so important to warm the connection first and establish the bond and respect daily. Thanks for checking in.

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    Dear Linda,

    When I was growing up with horses people were intrigued as I saw horses as my best friends. It really delighted them. In our small circle it seemed like everyone connected with their horses like I did, but I think it was like that because they knew that I was a child and they wanted to connect with me.

    When I got older that was when I hit the wall. When I left my circle of friends and stepped into the big world nobody cared. The way I won their trust was to compete and beat people in the show arena. Then they wanted me to train their horses.

    As life evolved, people became interested in how I was actually getting my horses to perform so well. This is when the world opened to me. What has taken place over the last 30 years or more is that I enjoyed sharing with humans in what was important to me. It is this concern for maintaining that special connection a horse wants to have with you that causes all these methods we have out there to work.
    i.e. The idea of the Horse Whisperer. But in reality the horse whisperer didn’t really care. His only concern was to not abuse the horse.

    I remember someone telling me that a family dog is more dangerous to an intruder than a shutzhund trained dog. To a trained dog it’s only his job, if you hurt him he will quit. A family dog you have to kill him. There is the difference.

    When you put relationship first, what takes place is what we are all wanting. I’ve spent a life time figuring out each step of the way that a bond needs to evolve as the training evolves. It is a living organism, what you share between your horse.

    This organism, if it is nurtured, our dance with our horse, as far as I’m concerned, is divine. But I’ve always been a bit of a nut. :)

    Warmly, Carolyn

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    Dear Elodie,

    It was such a pleasure working with you. I love your YouTube. I do believe you are gifted in knowing how to travel into new spaces with horses.

    I’m looking forward to watching you grow your understanding of horse training and the dance.

    Warmly, Carolyn

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    Dear Tessa,

    Foundation not only works for the horse but it works for the human too. What I see is going on for you is not enough time in feeling comfortable in the environment of horses.

    How this was never a problem for me is that my dad always put me on a horse that no matter how one was feeling they wouldn’t spook. I didn’t know horses could spook.

    This made me a very strong rider because I didn’t believe the horse spooked and I wouldn’t play into it. And through having a strong foundation a horse couldn’t unload me.

    I’m so glad to see that you are enjoying your progress, the journey that you have taken has really empowered you. Thank you for sharing.

    Warmly, Carolyn