Timing your Leadership Communication at Liberty
This blog is a guide post in your leadership communication using The Carolyn Resnick Method of Liberty Training.
When a horse is in control of what he chooses to learn, he is your report card in how effective you are with your leadership communication. By allowing the horse to respond as he chooses, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to communicate with your horse.
Have you ever wondered what leadership is?
A leader is someone who makes a request. As a leader, applying my Method, you direct your horse only in the moment your horse is relaxed, willing to listen and you have your horse’s full attention. With this approach your horse will naturally have the desire to follow your lead because he feels no resistance. In my Method there is no drilling, persisting or asking a horse to face anything he does not trust.
In my method great attention is given to the mood of the horse so that the horse feels safe, optimistic, and connected. The feelings and tone of the trainer creates the mood of the horse. Attention to the training is secondary to the attention of keeping the horse in the right frame of mind, secure, and focused.
You begin each day choosing a lesson that would gain the bond of teamwork that you had the day before. This process will best engage the horse to connect with you and feel ready to take on new lessons. You should not grade the horse’s progress. All your attention needs to be kept on developing the quality of the friendship, connection, and the bonded interactions shared in the training process. Having this focus shortens the overall training of the horse and brings about an amazing partnership in the performance that you share with your horse.
What I am pointing out in my blog is that the timing of one’s leadership is essential to bringing about a willing performance from your horse; the moment of request, the moment of influence. Knowing when to ask is predicated upon recognizing the moment when your horse can put forth his best effort. Blaming the horse will cause you to go off on a tangent which will lead to more time needed in the training of your horse.
Practicing the timing of your leadership will grow your ability to read your horse and know how to bring him a sense of well being. That is when you enter the moment together. You and your horse are as one. The energetic alignment between Horse and Trainer is then achieved.
Have a great weekend! Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.