Carolyn Resnick Horsemanship: Liberty Horse Training

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

We become students of life while training horses using the Waterhole Rituals.

TrinityWe also become students of the horse by shaping our leadership so that we may bring well-being to the horse. This kind of effort can uncover the secrets of life that empower the human spirit. It opens a door, which allows us to share a connectedness with all beings.

I have learned from horses that when I lose the connectedness while training, if I wait until it returns, my horse will be more willing to follow my lead. Then the dance we share together will have a greater meaning than if I had insisted without that connectedness.

Universal Code of Conduct

There is a special code of conduct in nature that opens the lines of communication. I learned about this code of conduct while on my journey communicating with horses. Both animals and humans rely on this code of conduct in order for our oneness to be shared. Generally, we do not “know” what this code is, even when we rely on it. I set out to define this code of conduct so that I could guide others that wanted to communicate with horses, for a spiritual friendship while training a horse.

I found this natural universal code of conduct by allowing a horse the freedom to choose to follow my lead and the freedom to leave my influence at any time, without consequence.  

The Waterhole Rituals

 Using the code of conduct that the Waterhole Rituals provide, a horse will have a natural desire to follow your lead and you will also know when to follow your horse’s lead in order to better facilitate the training and communication with him.

As a child I discovered a tangible approach to training horses that I developed into what I call today “The Waterhole Rituals”. The Waterhole Rituals are meant to guide people toward this gift of oneness with all living creatures and to give people an ability to communicate easily with horses. The formula is so natural and easy to follow.

I offer online courses in the Waterhole Rituals that I believe are the best way to start, or even continue, a person’s journey training and communicating with horses. The purpose of the online courses is to give students the tools necessary to create this special oneness with a horse, which most horse lovers want to achieve. 

Finding a connection to the spirit of the horse originates from the heart.

Photo by Linda SalinasBy having a true heart-felt connection with a horse, one will have a natural understanding of how to go about training a horse. Coming from the heart brings one fully present to the idea that through leadership we can create the harmony we are seeking in ourselves and with others. It takes stepping into the unknown, without expectations, to make that special connection with a horse.  It will come unexpectedly and quite naturally.

It is a kind of leadership that allows a horse to choose to bond of his own free will.  That may not seem like leadership, but it is because of our intention in choosing the natural process to build the bond the way nature intended. 

Photo by Linda SalinasLeadership takes many forms; from action to inaction, following to leading, and working with the individual nature and emotions of a horse. Being able to utilize this awareness opens many doors to personal empowerment, beyond what has been learned about training horses.

From allowing a horse to choose to follow our leadership it teaches us how to be graceful in our leadership behavior. You will learn a deep understanding of leadership and you will gain a better attitude about any and all relationships in your life. You will know better how to influence others to follow your lead and how to create more meaningful bonds. Knowing this you will also better understand how leadership plays a part in fulfilling the well being of others. Never should leadership have anything to do with force. You will also have more patience and fewer disappointments in the performance of your loved ones by learning to accept any and all behaviors. 

Horses have a culture that evolves through relationships.

Long time herds live in a harmonious society where there is no dispute about rank.  These horses are leaders and work together magically. I call them “leaders of leaders”.  They share a one-minded consciousness that works together in unity as a whole.

In a newly formed herd there are two behaviors taking place.  There is a pecking order behavior created by dominant horses and there is also lead horses and their behavior.  Dominant horses have no interest in leading and lead horses have no interest in being dominant. Lead horses lead only when a horse is willing to follow them for care-taking reasons and dominant horses create lasting bonds with the horses they battle with and these battles create harmony with one another and a more social nature in the individual horse.

These two worlds coexist through the pecking order behavior that is going on with the dominant horses while the entire herd is in harmony with lead horses.

Horses have a pecking order behavior that creates “leaders of leaders”, which then removes the need for a pecking order in a harmonious herd. A long time herd shares a one-minded consciousness that is to be studied and admired.

It is a rich culture that I believe mimics our own culture, in many ways. (i.e. horses live in a community, they are social creatures and the individual horse is transformed by the culture he or she lives in.)  Of course, there are some differences as well.

One of the differences between horses and humans is what we rely on in life.

Jayne and Fire LightHorses listen more to their instincts, which continues to grow their connectedness to one another. Humans listen more to their intelligence, which helps them to lose their connectedness to one another. Developing intelligence is not heart driven, while developing instinct is heart driven. Connecting with the heart driven instincts of horses helps us to get back home to the things we as humans have lost, from being lopsided with too much focus on intellectual growth and human reasoning.  To become more balanced we need to get back to instinctual reasoning, which opens the door to our heart and the understanding of the needs of others. This was seen in the video in my last blog about the animal communicator.

A horse communicator knows when the horse is receptive to their leadership and when the horse is not receptive. They also know how to let the horse lead without loosing their leadership position.  It is the spiritual journey of the horse communicator to find the path that leads to harmonious communication and the dance. 

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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16 Responses to “We Become Students of Life while Training Horses using the Waterhole Rituals”

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    Carolyn Resnick Method Carolyn Resnick Method says:

    Checking in ….

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    Sofia Rivas says:

    I love how deep your thinking can go. You have the ability to take from the past and present to make us feel what are we going to do in the future. Thank you Sofi

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    checking in

    thanks Carolyn

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    Checking in.

    Karin

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    Tamara Blits says:

    I love you Carolyn! Animals are my best friends. Thank you for helping me. I understand everything you do. You are the best!!!

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    Tamara Blits says:

    This is the best blog, coming straight from my heart! My horse is so smart. I brush him all over; He flexes for a treat. “No just wait, I’ll give you a treat”. I clean his feet, I will give him a treat. He is so good. He used to be so afraid of me touching his ears; but now he lowers his head, for grooming. He gives me kisses. Most important , He follows me all around. I have a scarlet macaw, and she is my best friend too. I let her choose where she wants to be. She is very happy with my love, and her freedom.

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    Diane Ursch, April, Missouri says:

    Thank you, Carolyn. What a sensational blog. Your ability to penetrate what we see, or perceived reality, in order to reach the heart of the matter continues to amaze me. I learn every day from what you share with us.
    Diane Sent

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    Jayne Forster NooNoo,IC,UK says:

    Thank-you,Carolyn.

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    Thanks Carolyn

    for your words “It is the spiritual journey of the horse communicator to find the path that leads to harmonious communication and the dance”.

    I Lurn every day from the horses and animals, i ame greatfull i can.

    Quot..from “Nelson Mandela”

    If you see something good, give a compliment. If you see something wrong, offer your help to.

    Lots of love Monique

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    Dear Carolyn,

    What a lovely blog and one that touches my heart. It is precisely what you wrote about that caused me to fall in love with your method. It has been life changing for me in so many ways, on so many levels.

    I am thankful that your method has impacted my life and the life of horses in such a positive manner.

    It is a beautiful way to live.

    I hope your clinic is transforming.

    Much love,

    Linda

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    Nancy Sgroi says:

    WOW! Its amazing that you are able to put these concepts into words. Thank you for the amazing thought and effort that you put into this. Sometimes I experience this but could not attempt to put it into words. You state it so clearly. Intellect really does separate is from instinct. I always wondered why when I really tried hard to hear and speak to animals i’ve failed, it is consistent though when stillness envelopes me and i am in the same moment that the horses are. it is natural, joyful and peaceful when this communication occurs for the most part but it is sometimes unsettling because I can only effect what happens to my horse . Since he is boarded I must tune the others out. Since it is obvious that we can hear each other it feels rude and is kind of sad. Some I can not hear at all. Are they just choosing not to communicate with me?
    I have frequently wondered if you would think it wrong when Warrior takes the lead. I am pleased to hear that its normal. We switch taking turns most of the time. Thank you again Carolyn, for this wonderful blog.

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    Dear Carolyn,

    Checking in from Escondido! I loved this blog post, which speaks to such an important lesson I’m learning in your clinic. This paragraph really stands out for me:

    “Horses listen more to their instincts, which continues to grow their connectedness to one another. Humans listen more to their intelligence, which helps them to lose their connectedness to one another. Developing intelligence is not heart driven, while developing instinct is heart driven. Connecting with the heart driven instincts of horses helps us to get back home to the things we as humans have lost, from being lopsided with too much focus on intellectual growth and human reasoning. To become more balanced we need to get back to instinctual reasoning, which opens the door to our heart and the understanding of the needs of others.”

    Yesterday you suggested (strongly!) that I stop analyzing and judging what was happening and just BE in the moment. You said that there’s a time for experiencing…and afterwards, we can talk about it.

    That makes so much sense, though I never thought about it before.
    If I get caught up in my feelings, emotions, and judgements about what is happening (which, alas, has been my habitual way of being), then I separate myself from my animal nature. Horses and other animals experience the world, and they interpret and learn from it, but they don’t rationalize or intellectualize about it. Their instinct-driven experience—heart-driven, as you put it—does not separate them from each other and from the world.

    We humans, on the other hand, tend to constantly judge, evaluate, and seek meaning from what we experience. I think you’re suggesting that all that intellectual activity inserts a layer, or a veil, or even a wall between us and our actual lived experience of the world—and we lose our sense of being connected with all of life. Wow!!

    So this new understanding is one of the life lessons I’ll take home with me from your clinic.

    I’ve already seen the change for the better: That amazing dance with Trinity yesterday could NOT have happened if my busy brain had been engaged in evaluating my performance. But with your help, I was able to experience a magic moment of deep, instinctual, heartfelt connection and playfulness with him. I will never forget it.

    Thank you!

    — Kay

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    Jannie Smit, Australia Ivanhoe and Paradox says:

    Thank you for this great blog Carolyn.

    After being with a classical dressage trainer for a month with Ivanhoe I have learned that the natural created bond and leadership is so important when you start training your horse.

    As a leader it is your responsibility to guide your horse with all kindness and understanding and to allow mistakes and be very happy with every single little try. But if during this training we focus too much on the result and not enough on the journey together we can loose that bond and leadership. Than it is so important as what you mentioned in this blog ……….

    “I have learned from horses that when I lose the connectedness while training, if I wait until it returns, my horse will be more willing to follow my lead. Then the dance we share together will have a greater meaning than if I had insisted without that connectedness.”

    It is amazing to see how willing horses can be and how hard they try if you are willing to listen to and be there for them.

    Jannie

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    Ulrike Kraft says:

    Dear Carolyn,

    thank you for your new blog!
    I’m happy you were talking about the video of the animal communicator again. It gives me the chance to tell you about an experience I had with Misty one early morning after I watched Anna’s video for a second time. I actually started a topic at Ning so I could share this story:

    Misty finally connected with me after I watched Anna’s movie for the second time, early before dawn when the rest of my family was still asleep. Once they all got up I went outside and I found Misty at the top of the hill looking over the rest of the herd grazing in the bottom paddock. I thought if Anna said the thoughts will translate into words if that’s what the mind needs and the other way, the animal will understand thoughts thought in words. Now I don’t have to worry about getting the image right or getting the right feeling.

    So I asked Misty if I should do her hind hooves now so she will be more comfortable and I promised carrots. She said, “You’re right I am starting to feel pressure here and on this part of my hoof.”, and she moved it according to what she was saying. I asked if she wants to come with me then and I fix it, but she replied: “Not now, I’m just enjoying the morning sun after a hard night of hail storms. You should try it! I’ve noticed your shoulder is sore you should turn it to the sun!” So I did and I looked at her and her mane was pure silver in the morning light. Then I looked around overwhelmed with a feeling of love, joy and bliss and I looked at our shadows melted into one, what looked like I was sitting on her back. She looked at it too and said: “Yes – one day!”

    I felt like jumping up and down but instead I lay over her back with my arms where I would be sitting. In a timeless moment we started breathing in synchronicity with our ribs pressed against each other.

    Later that day the herd went back down there but Misty tried to call them back up. After a while of them not coming back I decided to lead her from behind down the hill to join the herd. It went really well and I was thinking of the mirror game as well. When we got down there I started pulling out weeds and Misty stuck with me rather than joining the others. I started heading back up to the house thinking Misty will stay with the horses, but she followed me. I stopped, she stopped. I went, she followed. Suddenly I noticed her giggling and I realized that she was LFB me! I let her do it for a while because I felt that it is an important step for her and a way for me to gain her trust. I was just happy for her to interact with me since she used to ignore me completely. Then I paused long enough for her to catch up and we said hello. After that I had another go at LFB her and by the time we reached the house we both had big grins on our faces!

    Thank you Carolyn, for being my guide and teacher in this exciting and wonderful journey called life!

    Ulrike

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