Ending Weaning Trauma

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How to have the horse you hope to find:Years ago I developed a way to wean foals that did not create trauma. I used this approach for over twenty years. During this time, I learned that horses that grew up being weaned in this manner were smarter and had a deeper sense of well being created by the trust they had in human beings.  I feel one of the biggest opportunities we have to build trust with horses can be accomplished at weaning.

There were two reasons that I did not want a foal to experience trauma. The first being my understanding of the suffering that they go through. Ripping a foal from its mother as a way to wean is torture. I also felt that by avoiding the trauma I would create a super horse that could connect with humans. What I discovered was that less training was needed, and horses that were weaned without trauma were amazing partners as family pets and as performance horses.  They excelled at the top of their ability.

I began the process of weaning at around three months, or when the foal was interested in eating along with his mother. Inside their 80 by 50 foot paddock I set up a corral that was about 12 by 16 foot. There was a bar across the gate that the foal could go under, but it restricted the mom from entering. This way the foal got to practice separation on his or her own terms and the mother could call the foal out if she needed to.

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At the afternoon feeding time I put the foal’s food down in his corral and waited for the foal to enter. Then I put the mother’s food down on the other side, close to her foal. When they were both focused on their rations, I closed the gate so the foal could not get out. When the foal discovered that he or she was locked in and wanted out, I would open the gait. (This act built trust in the foal. Instead of taking him from his mom, I was returning him.)

If he had not finished his food I would lock the gate so he could not get back in. The foal was fast to learn that he needed to finish his food before he left. If mom became concerned about the separation, I would accommodate her by returning her foal to her. In no time they had the routine down. (The adjustment time was in the hands of the foal and his mom.)

I increased the time before opening the gate when the foal asked to be let out. This built tolerance in the foal to accept being away from mom, without trauma. When the foal could wait for 20 minutes with no concern, after he had finished his food, it was time to move on to the next step.  I would feed mom and lead her foal to the next paddock where the foal’s food was waiting. I would return the foal to mom as soon as the foal was finished. In some cases, I would return the foal even before he was finished so he would look forward to returning. The foal was now around four months old.

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running foal

By six to eight months, they were no longer worried about being separated and they no longer looked for one another. The foal became interested in exploring life without mom. By six to eight months, mom and offspring no long experienced anxiety being separated for any length of time. The foal lost interest in nursing and the mother dried up.

Weaning foals in this manner, along with shaping the character of the foal with the Waterhole Rituals, turns out a horse that is quite different than a foal that has experienced trauma. The foals that were weaned in this manner naturally enjoyed human company and training. Being lead on a rope is quite natural to them, and they shy less or not at all. They are more willing, secure and optimistic. They get into trailers easily without the need for training. They accept saddles easily, and less bomb proofing is needed. Being ridden was natural to them. Of course there were some that took a bit more care, still they took less care than horses that had experienced weaning trauma.

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Note- I think it is very important not to keep a mom and foal together for too long as they will develop a dependence on one another. If left together too long, it takes someone experienced to remove this dependency without causing trauma. Many decisions need to be made on the spot; when to allow and what not to allow.  For adult offspring or two horses that experience separation anxiety, I use the same system I do for weaning a foal along with the Waterhole Rituals. I got the same good results…no trauma experienced.

What I wish for every horse lover is that they could experience a horse that was raised without the trauma of separation, to feel what a horse is REALLY like. I wish for horses, that their relationship with humans offer them a better life and that trusting them would be natural.

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I know the damages of trauma, first hand, from dealing with my own trauma of separation. Trauma is like a scar on the body. It is always there to remind you. Trauma effects your first reaction to others. With time, it can be repaired through good relationships that heal. The Chair Challenge program develops a special bond and heals trauma both in horses and humans. The Chair Challenge is an in-depth guided program. It is the suggested prerequisite to the Waterhole Rituals course. Both programs can be started at the same time. Love to hear from you. I do read all your comments.

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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Time is the Tortoise that Wins the Race

Firelight is in his new home at Horse Spirit Ranch with Lynn Hays, the owner. Horse Spirit Ranch is a boarding haven for horses. He is about 40 minutes from my ranch. At Horse Spirit Ranch there are trails, two round pens and two arenas. Boarding accommodations include group fields, private fields, paddocks, and stalls. Lynn has a great arena for horse play at liberty. There is most always a time I can turn my horse out.

On the weekends, often, clinics are being held by well known horse trainers and life coaches. I now teach out of there as well. The home of War Horse is also located there. They provide equine assisted psychotherapy for corporate leaders.

Fraklin IllonaFranklin Levinson and his wife Ilona provide riding and training instruction at Horse Spirit Ranch. They also put on these great community get togethers called "Horse Talks" once a month. The subjects shared are better ways to connect and communicate with horses. You will feel like family and everyone is welcome. I am there if I am not giving a private lesson or clinic myself.

This week while I was Sharing Territory with Firelight, feeding time rolled around. I sat with him about two hours. I noticed that some horses were in a hurry to get fed and some were not. I also noticed that the ones in a hurry were fed loose hay and the ones that were fed in hay nets were happy to wait for the bag to arrive and ate much slower.

When Firelight got his hay net he carefully picked at single pieces of hay, drew them out and chewed them up well. I tried to help him by pulling the hay half way out of the net to make it easier for him to eat. He had no interest in the hay I fixed for him. I then pulled hay all the way out thinking that would make a difference. Still he kept his mind on little pieces of hay he could gather for himself. I think that he was getting much more nutritional value from how well he was chewing up his food. I came to the conclusion that a good way to feed a horse is to have some loose hay in a feeder as well as a hay net, this way a horse can eat his preference as he would choose to do in nature.

That day I approached my horse with the same consideration. First I hung out doing nothing and then I worked Firelight.  Then afterwards I Shared Territory for a few hours. In this manner we felt we had experienced a complete well rounded day together. We filled our needs for companionship.

Tortoise_and_hare_rackhamI also did some journal writing. I wrote about my relationship to time. Time appears to move quickly and slowly depending on how I am experiencing the moment. I am reminded of the fable of the race between the tortoise and hare. The hare lost because he thought he had all the time in the world and fooled around till it was too late while the tortoise kept to the task of moving forward.

I remember years ago thinking that if one gets caught up with keeping your nose to the grind stone one could loose the ability to enjoy having fun. There must be a balance between work and play. As I was growing up my family would repeat to me “All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy.” Today I understand that all play and no work makes me loose perspective on life and my ability to cope. Having fun all the time isn’t good either for I no longer want to be responsible. I find that doing daily chores then becomes a drudgery and I get depressed. There has got to be a balance in life.

In today’s world we spend more time being busy and loose our ability to be truly productive or present. The result is the stress we are carrying around with us. Being in the company of horses releases my stress. Fearful concerns are set aside and my body, mind and soul join with Firelight’s. Sharing Territory is a time of renewal where I find my groove. I am able to slow down and get in sync with the rhythm of life. Time does not race, I do. Time does not slow down, I do. When time no longer seems fast or slow I am in the company of horses and in these moments I am experiencing life to the fullest. I have learned that life is a never ending practice of the choices I make and horses always help to bring me into balance.

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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Develop a Partnership not a Well-Broke Horse

Carolyn and Panadero
Carolyn and Panadero

I remember years ago in the early 80’s designing a brochure on Liberty Training explaining the purpose of the clinic. I went into detail on how Liberty Training developed the horse to have a desire to learn, perform and follow your lead. After reading the brochure, people actually expressed the fact that they did not care what the horse experienced as long as he was not abused. What they wanted was obedience and submission. They felt the first thing a horse needed to learn was that a human is stronger and that the horse needed to bend to the will of his master in all circumstances.

They liked to use the phrase a 'well broke' horse. They felt a horse that was going to enjoy being trained would not be dependable, though they could see that my horses were more dependable than they thought a horse could be.

A well broke horse will perform what you ask but is in no way connected to you or even wants your direction. He just does it. All he is do is performing because he learned in the beginning he has no choice.

If you asked a dead broke horse to do something that he has not been taught to do he will not be able to perform because he is just a robot and will need to be trained in everything you ask out of him.

"Times they are a changing..."

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As Bob Dylan sang "Times they are a changing" and nowadays people are looking for a relationship and want to communicate with their horse rather than tell him he must perform whether he wants to or not.

Trainers are now emphasizing that partnering with a horse is the most important element in successful training. I saw on Facebook a quote from Ray Hunt; "You don’t make him learn. You set it up so he can figure it out. You have to give him that dignity. Once you start giving, you won’t believe how much you get back." What Ray is talking about is a win-win for both horse and human and is the secret to bringing out the best of a horse in the shortest amount of time.

The foundation of Liberty Training is to produce a partnership you can depend upon rather than a well-broke horse. It is also a study of the nature of horses and how to increase your leadership potential and understanding.

Instead of showing a horse who’s boss it’s better to show him that he or she can trust your leadership and that it’s not a trap but a benefit to their well-being. Care must be taken to warm up a horse so that he feels a connection and wants to follow your lead, even when using tack.

What drove me to connect with the true nature of horse and form a partnership with them in their world was that I didn’t like a horse having to go through a training method that would cause him to give up his sense of self or thinking he had to follow human leadership no matter what.

What I wanted was to find a magical partnership with a horse from knowing how to bring out a horse’s trust and desire to be ridden rather than just creating a well broke horse. Well broke horses have had their spirit removed. They know they must do what they are told and some of them may like that kind of life but I was looking for something else.

So where and how do you start to develop a partnership?

Let’s start with a couple of easy, baby steps:

Step 1- Always start each day completely relaxed. Give your horse your full attention and put your agenda aside. Having an agenda and focusing on your horse can make him nervous. Pause a while to give your horse some time to feel safe in your presence.

Step 2 - Seek permission to approach your horse so you may put on his halter. Spend some time, 3-5 minutes, waiting for your horse to come up to you. If he doesn’t come, then try walking up to your horse. If your horse moves away take the pressure off your horse by walking off in the opposite direction. If your horse walks off he feels pressure and does not want to connect. Wait for your horse to settle down in one spot and become relaxed then repeat in a very slow easy manner. Take as long as it takes.

Once the halter is on, feed your horse a treat and then remove the halter and leave. Do this exercise a few times and your horse will put the halter on himself. He will equate putting on the halter as a good thing. This is a very important step to use even if your horse is easily haltered because your horse will now be more at ease and see you in a more positive light.

TIP: This is how to fix horses that don’t want to be caught.

Whatever you are planning on doing, your horse will show more trust and willingness because you waited for him to feel safe and you asked him to go with you when he was in a willing mood.

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The origins of this approach

If you’ve read my book ‘Naked Liberty’, you will know well the story of how as young girl I managed to integrate myself into a herd of wild horses over the course of 3 summers.

After the first summer of observing and studying the wild horses I found myself approach horses and everything in my life differently. I felt I had not really learned anything but when I got back to my own horse Mustang I watched myself be more of a leader, one he understood better.

I also had more respect for his personal space and knew better in how to communicate with him and companion up with him before we went out on a ride. The result was that when I sat in the saddle I could read his mind more clearly and because of that I could make better choices in how to support his focus, trust, willingness and desire to follow my lead.

The question I had always asked myself about whether my horse really wanted my company was no longer a concern because I knew how to truly read a horse and understand his natural desire to connect. What made the real big difference was using the wild horse’s social bonding rituals I had witnessed.

Other than the fact I was just a child at the time, what made my study of wild horses different is that I didn’t look at horses with a dispassionate eye as a scientist would have. Instead I was a participant. I become one with the herd.

Participating with a herd, being accepted and able to participate in their social games opened my heart to know deeply the true nature of horses. I found that horses are rich in a culture which teaches horses how to care of the needs of others in the herd.

It is natural for horses to enjoy flexible boundaries games with one another. Personal boundaries increase when a horse needs space from another horse and disappear when both horses enjoy being together in soft moments in unity and harmony. These fluctuations of personal boundaries helps deepen the bond between individual horses.

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The Waterhole Rituals show you how to use flexible boundaries to communicate with a horse that would bring out a horse's desire to bond and follow your lead.

With my own horses what I do once the halter is on is start Sharing Territory with him for several minutes so it becomes a ritual. It takes the edge off a horse and builds a habit in the horse to self adjust to calmness. In a short time you can depend upon the horse self adjusting his calmness and connection with you.

This way you have a two way connection, human to horse and horse to human. When your horse is fully focused on you and also relaxed, your horse will be in the proper state to follow your lead.

My approach with horses will help you develop your leadership in how to balance the give and take in an amazing way without having to behave aggressively toward your horse.

It will support you and your horse’s natural development from a performance based approach to a relationship based approach. With a performance based method your horse must follow your lead whereas with a relationship based method, you allow your horse to learn and grow their connection with you.

Taking time it takes to meet that need will brings about a magical partnership. The result will be that your performance training and riding experiences will be the best they can be.

The Waterhole Rituals start with the Chair Challenge which empowers you to connect and grow the bond with your horse effortlessly, easily and naturally from your and his natural loving instincts to bond.

Discover the Chair Challenge
Discover the Chair Challenge

To us horse lovers, horses are the greatest companionship animals on earth. If you have read up to this point, the partnership dance at liberty is calling you!

You are the true student of your horse. You will become the leader he is hoping to find through the Waterhole Rituals. Hope to see you in it soon.

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

Warmly, Carolyn

10 Reasons Why You Should Begin With Liberty Training
10 Reasons Why You Should Begin With Liberty Training

The Benefits of Liberty Training

The benefits for you of Liberty Training © and working at liberty

  1. Your horsemanship skills will accelerate such that you will be able to handle issues with your horse you could not fix before.
  2. It will bring unity and harmony between you and your horse.
  3. You will see an improvement in your horse’s response to your leadership with any and all pursuits on the ground and under saddle.
  4. Your horse is easier to read than with tack, which gives you a better understanding in how to go about your communication with your horse.
  5. Often you will safer than when using tack as you are not physically attached to your horse, especially when he becomes.
  6. Helps you learn how be more effective with your body language.
  7. It improves your all-round in relating to horses and this only continues to grow.
  8. Your instincts kick in to action and guide you in how to approach training your horse.
  9. Deepens the bond you share with your horse.
  10. It is a perfect daily warm up by exercising the bond, trust, respect, willingness, focus, connection and energy as a way to re-establish the willingness of your horse to respond to halt, walk, trot, and canter in a controlled rhythm for a perfect performance under saddle.

The benefits for your horse of Liberty Training © and working at liberty

  1. Most horses give up their ‘vices’ without you even having to address the issues.
  2. Your horse will be much more willing and engaged during show performances.
  3. It will work and improve all horse from shy horses, dominant horses, food aggressive horses and horses that are not trained to seasoned horses, young horses, old horses and even fearful horses.
  4. Your horse will be much more responsive and connected with you under saddle, whether you are riding a show horse or a family riding horse.
  5. It will bring your horse feelings of safety and security when with you.
  6. It helps develop healthy muscles and allows your horse to enjoy spontaneous freedom of movement.
  7. It increases your horse’s desire to learn and perform as now he finds it exciting and fun to be with you.
  8. It brings profound well-being to your horse’s spirit when he does not feel pressured.
  9. It develops your horse’s intelligence because he is excited to learn new things and to perform for you effortlessly, easily and naturally at liberty.
  10. It will bring your horse so much joy when he is allowed to spontaneously dance at liberty because it matches the social interactions of a herd.
  11. It will create a healthy ego in your horse from knowing he shares a 50-50 partnership with you.

Benefits to you for all your equestrian pursuits:

  1. Dressage riders can balance the energy and focus of the horse so that the horse brings the appropriate energy needed for what he is being asked to perform, from a relaxed walk on a loose rein to an extended trot with suspension.
  2. For cutting horses, reining and working cow horses, Liberty Training is a way to warm the muscles up to be able to move freely in spontaneous movement. It will also increase the desire for a horse to work a cow.
  3. For pleasure riding horses, it will bring about relaxation and a more dependable ride.
  4. For competitive horses over fences, Liberty Training allows a horse to listen to their instincts and take directions, while at the same time deepening his ability to be in sync with his rider.
  5. For English pleasure and Western pleasure, Liberty Training develops a horse to be in tune with his rider and focused on listening to the rider’s aids.

* NOTE: 'Liberty Training' © is a copyrighted term registered and belonging to Carolyn Resnick

A Code Of Conduct that will help your Ability to Connect Deeply with a Horse while Communicating and Training

A Code Of Conduct that will help your ability to connect deeply with a horse while communicating and training. Training a horse at libertyIf you are dancing with horses at liberty it is paramount that you practice this code of conduct that brings about a good relationship with a horse while communication and training. It is based on when to respect your horse’s personal space and when you should ask your horse to respect yours.

I first learned how horses create relationships from my experiences as a child observing horses in natural wild horse herds. At this time I discovered a code of conduct that produced a sense of well being and brought about a shared trust and respect. I discovered that squabbles over sharing territory and food settled down when the code of conduct was upheld and shared.

I have since followed this code all my life and it is the answer to an unbroken ability to stay in alignment with a horse. When I interact with horses at liberty and follow this code of conduct, horses respond to me as a family member that they trust and respect. In no time at all, following this code, a horse will choose to follow my lead and feels safe doing so. This code of conduct is universal to all living creatures, even humans.

This is how it works as it relates to human behavior. If we are invited to dinner we follow the social etiquette of the host. For example; when the host would like us to sit down at the dinner table we respect this custom. We also are careful not to over stay our welcome and we don't take off right after eating as that would be rude. We also do not ask for more food if there is no food left on the table nor do we take food from another person’s plate and so on. All of these behaviors fall under a single code of conduct that we learned from our elders.

Pixabay Image 743905Often times this code of conduct is taught to a horse soon after birth by their mother. The foal learns when it is ok to nurse and when it is not ok. The foal learns to respect the needs of his or her mother. This creates social awareness. The instincts of the foal at birth, along with the lessons he learns from his mother and the social interactions he shares with a herd, develop appropriate social behavior which contributes to getting along with other horses and forming friendships. The earlier a foal learns social behavior the more social conscious he or she is throughout it's life. The later the opposite is true.

When a foal looses it's mother and is raised by humans it has no idea how to get along socially. He or she most always will have problems wanting to listen and understand how to fit in. There is a name for this condition it is called Orphan Foal Syndrome. Orphan Foal Syndrome is easy to prevent by training a foal that there is a time to nurse and a time not to nurse, like a mare would teach.

When a foal is born he or she knows to follow it's mother instinctually. It also knows how to move away from anything that would try to approach. In the beginning this behavior is what makes it easy for a foal to learn the universal code of conduct regarding personal space, respecting how another horse is feeling in the moment, and how to behave around food.

Photo by Lynn HayesWhen a horse walks up to you, he is entering your personal space just like a guest that you may have over for dinner. In this situation he will listen to your wants and needs more easily. If you do not set your limits a horse can become pushy. It is important that you take the leadership role in regards to your personal space requirements. The limits you set need to be flexible for this is how a horse learns how you want to be treated in the moment. When your horse walks up to you, the more willing your horse is to leave your personal space the move you can let down your boundaries. If your horse then begins to be pushy again you go back to setting your boundaries higher. If you enter your horse’s personal space, you then need to follow his lead and respect his feeling and right to his personal space. It is a back and forth shared relationship. When this code is practiced and upheld trust, respect, and friendships are formed and a great harmonious connection is achieved. The dance you share at liberty is then shared As One.

What you learn working a horse at Liberty with my method will support anything and everything you do with a horse. What you learn about horses in these course will amaze you. This class is for you if want to grow your leadership, and grow a deep bond while learning how to develop your horse’s instinct to follow your lead. You will enjoy the journey and so will your horse. I hope to see you in the class.

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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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.

Warmly, Carolyn

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Free lesson - 24-Carrot Toss Game

Find the golden connection through the 24-carrot toss game. When I feel deeply connected to a horse in the moment and he wants to follow my lead our teamwork is extraordinary. To get to that place a horse needs to feel this same feeling with me. It can be normal for a horse when a horse follows the direction of his trainer that they can become nervous or unwilling or unfocused or overwhelmed. This game may help to overcome these attitudes. It will cause your horse to see you more clearly as his leader. It will cause relaxation and a sense of well-being through the interplay you share with your horse while getting in sync with him.

This is a game that will develop a habit in your horse to work with you closely. Your leadership communication aids will be lightly given because you will have the full attention and willingness of your horse to participate in the most natural way. It will cause a horse to relax and enjoy being directed by you.

How the game is played:

You are training at liberty or you could start with a fence between you and your horse for your safety without tack. If you feel the game is getting out of hand by your horse progressively becoming more agitated then discontinue.

All you are doing at liberty to gain leadership is to toss a piece of carrot at the moment your horse is relaxed and connected with you and not trying to reach for the carrot. Your horse will learn that you are in charge of the carrots and that you toss them in the moments that he is relaxed, willing to wait, and focused on you. In this state your horse will listen to your leadership for you have his respect and his attention. Your leadership is fun to your horse because there is a carrot in it from him.

Put your focus on when to toss a carrot and when not to. This will help your timing in when to toss the carrot to shape your horse’s attitude to follow your lead. Having your full focus on when and when not to toss a carrot your horse will understand more clearly what you want him to do.

The result of playing the game is to establish a clear leadership with your horse to follow you effortlessly, easily, and naturally. Knowing when to toss the carrot will give you the key to the best teamwork ever. You will be teaching your horse to pause before you send him out to get a carrot, which will help to get your horse into a state of neutral. You do not want your horse to have an agenda, the agenda being wanting the carrot and showing it through any form of nervousness. When he is like this and you toss the carrot you are teaching him the behavior he is exhibiting that you do not want. What you want is his full relaxed attention, with no apprehension. Your focus will be on watching to see that your horse does not cause you to toss a carrot out for him because he or she wants you to.

I see this happen with a lot of horsemen when teaching or asking a horse to perform a trick. The horse takes over the horseman from a flawed premise that a horse after performing a trick ALWAYS needs to be rewarded immediately. You can reward immediately for a couple of times but you must give up rewarding immediately as soon as possible for this reason - the horse will start performing the trick quicker to get the carrot. Then the horseman tries to meet the needs of the horse. When the horse sees this response from the horseman he gets more impatient and agitated. This can turn into rude behavior. The 24-carrot toss will fix this problem.

You want to put your focus on getting your horse to work at your pace rather than the pace he would like. If you work with the horse’s pace you most likely will loose your leadership position with him. What you are looking for is a seamless interplay.

Notes: If your horse is not so interested in carrots before you start the game just feed him a few to develop his appetite. For a food aggressive horse he may not be ready for this game and if so consider taking my online course to remove his aggressive behavior regarding food. You might try starting the game with him with a fence between you. If he becomes more agitated he might work through it or you could keep your sessions to 5 minutes throughout the day. In a weeks time he should come around.

Some Side Benefits:

This game will bring you closer to your horse and improve your horse’s IQ by how the game challenges him to work with YOU. Practicing the game will develop a habit in your horse to follow your lead when you need him to. Working with you will be the best part of your horse’s day, which will help to continue to deepen the bond.

The practice of the 24-carrot toss will also help to take the spook out of your horse when you go to ride him from warming up the connection and teamwork on the ground. The 24-carrot toss is a great way to promote your horsemanship skills. You will see clearly how to manage your horse’s energy and behavior to bring out the best connection that in turn will lead to a perfect performance in teamwork.

If this game is fun the outcome will amaze you in how your working relationship will improve. If the game is not fun please discontinue it and consider doing a coaching call with me. This exercise is particularly beneficial for horses under saddle in cutting events, competitive trail, hunter and jumpers, Liberty and any horse that needs to keep an eye on what he is doing and on you. It can help the Dressage horse not for developing his attention to a sight line but how it develops the team working skills needed for dressage.

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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10 Reasons Why You Should Begin With Liberty Training

'Liberty Training' © - A Definition:

"Liberty training is designed to bring a horse a sense of freedom and safety without using any tack, including no halters or rope. You work with a horse at liberty in a free, open environment where a horse does not feel constrained or restricted. This is performed in a large pasture or a rectangular arena, not in a round pen."

General guidelines for training at 'Liberty':

  • Never use any tack, including a halter or a rope.
  • Never use force or punishment.
  • Your horse always has the freedom to say yes or no.
  • If your horse leaves you, you must then leave him so as not to pressure him.

If you don't, your horse will lose his sense of freedom and will no longer volunteer performance and put forth his best effort.

10 Reasons Why You Should Begin With Liberty Training
10 Reasons Why You Should Begin With Liberty Training

The origins of the term Liberty Training

Liberty training with Carolyn Resnick
Liberty training with Carolyn Resnick

I first came up with, and coined, the term 'Liberty Training'© in 1976 *, when I began teaching the method at the training and breeding center I had at the time in Sonoma County, Ca, which was called Stonehenge Arabians.

The idea of training a horse without tack was not the way people used to start a horse in foundation training at that time. What I was bringing to the world was new.

This is why I called it 'Liberty Training' as the horse was completely free and at liberty from the start. There was no training with tack first and then we took the tack off. It was training without tack and then later you could add tack and ride how you wanted.

I had also done a successful clinic in Palm Springs for the Palm Springs Arabian Association, where I worked with 20 horses as a demonstration of the value of training at liberty. My audience at the time was around 150 people and each day it grew larger and larger as people really liked what they saw and heard.

The first ever Liberty Training video

Then Lawler Enterprises came to me and asked me to do a video of my method and so my first video was made, which was simply called 'Liberty Training'. This was the early '80s and was the first time the general public had come across training at liberty and yet now it is taught by everyone.

As a result of the video, I began to do a lot of clinics around the U.S and people started learning Liberty Training. Equestrians loved the results of the connection that they developed with their horses at liberty and what’s more, the results were permanent.

They were able to work a horse at liberty by getting a better connection at all levels in their relationship with their horse. They learned how to call their horse off food and walk and trot doing intricate patterns with their horses at their side better than they could with tack.

Their horses gave up their unwanted behaviors without their owners even having to address them and were much more willing and engaged during performances.

The results were almost instant

Training a horse at liberty
Training a horse at liberty

My students told me that they found that their horses were so much more responsive and connected with them under saddle, from show horses to family riding horses. They also found that their horsemanship skills zoomed forward in such a way that they were now able to handle issues with their horses that before the clinic they could not fix.

Students would write to me and tell me that they now enjoyed bringing their horse along from a new ability they acquired from just a three-day course with me. The secret was the freedom of my Liberty Training where a horse had the freedom to say no, which flipped a switch in him to bond naturally and follow your leadership. In this freedom both the horse and the human are able to connect in their own way, which brings about a living connection horseman could depend upon.

However happy my students were, I was over the moon. I was an overnight success. I had a tiger by the tail. In other words, I had a clinic every weekend either at my ranch or on the road. This went on for three years and then I put my focus on exclusively traveling on the road to bring horses and humans together in this new way – at liberty.

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For two years I traveled with Laurie Parker, my travel manager, giving clinics across the U.S., from California to Florida and back again. I was booked most weekends. Laurie handled the bookings and the driving.

Before my book 'Naked Liberty' was written, while giving my clinics, I used to share a bit about my childhood learning the culture of horses in nature and getting accepted into their community. While sharing my stories, people used to say that I needed to write a book. At first I thought I could not write a book. How does one write a book of words where there were no words but just thoughts and feelings. But I did want to share them and over many years I managed to write a book about my childhood with horses sharing the experiences that were important lessons that lead me to training horses at liberty and the method I teach today.

The next phase of my life came from after the publication of 'Naked Liberty' and Stormy May’s documentary video 'Path of the Horse', which took me to the next level and enabled me to take my clinics online and then I was able to reach the equestrian world globally.

Everyone can learn and benefit from working at liberty

Carolyn Resnick
Carolyn Resnick

My Dad was my mentor and without his guidance my life with horses would probably be like most people, as I would not have cultivated my gift. I would have set it aside and followed standard methods of training horses that would have removed my innate nature to connect deeply with horses. He said something to me once though that I later disagreed with. He said, "You can not teach people how to connect with horses. That is something you were born with."

However, I felt that everyone could learn to connect in the same way that I found to connect. I felt that everyone had an innate ability and that I could awaken this within them. My feeling was that horses and humans have a lot in common and I wanted to get people to see the similarities.

I saw that Liberty Training would teach a person the skills to be able to communicate and train a horse from their own natural abilities. I could show people how horses respond to our influence without using force and on the horse’s own terms. It was my gift with horses and I found that I could share this gift easily with others because it is so simple.

How I got people to acquire this kind of leadership was to have them lead their horse at liberty to their favorite music after I had worked with the horse to bring out the magnetic connection.

This connection is a dependable connection, like when a foal shadows its mother and how horses are able to move in unity in a herd. This ability to feel and direct a horse from a magnetic connection instantly opens a person up with how to fit in with a horse and lead at the same time. It is quite magical. It brings out the type of leadership a horse would choose to follow.

I heard over and over from people who had taken my three-day clinic, "Oh why did I not think of that? Of course, it is so simple and easy. I can do that." These students were able to step into their own ability to connect and train their horse.

How you start and what to avoid

Carolyn and Panadero at liberty
Carolyn and Panadero at liberty

The first thing you need to do is to surrender the opinions of others as well as your own and leave your agenda at the door, so that you can step into your own natural talents you were born with in order to train a horse from their own instincts. By observing a horse in this way you will find that your horse becomes alive to his true nature, and in that state of mind he will be open to a feeling of trust and will naturally follow your leadership.

What you are looking to do is bring out the social side in your horse by waiting for him to come to you on his own terms. This will bring out his instinct to fit in, bond, connect and follow your lead. This is only true though if the horse is not being forced.

So often I see pressure being used to make a horse comply with what a trainer or his students want, all in the name of 'Natural Horsemanship'. There is nothing natural about that for a horse.

The same goes for forcing a horse to bond by confining him in a round pen, which just brings about his prey mentality and his natural fear and resistance. Yes, it might be effective in the moment but it is usually not long-lasting so you have use the same coercion the next time and the next time. More importantly though, it goes against the whole nature of the horse.

Little by little, his spirit dies until all you see is that horrible, blank stare where the horse has simply given up and checked out. Have you ever noticed that? When you do it's a result of this sort of continuous pressure and very sad to see.

The irony is that most people think that training at liberty takes too long and something you should only do later when the horse is fully trained. But the opposite is actually true, it takes more time and skill to train using pressure. Whereas you need next to no skill to train at liberty and it's far more effective because once the bond is in place and the trust is set between you, ALL training becomes so much easier.

If you find you are not getting along with your horse during your training together, it will be because you are being too aggressive or too ineffective. To fit in and be a leader at the same time is generally not natural for people, especially women. In the human world, leadership often brings with it a feeling of entitlement, which scares a horse and brings out his resistance. Fitting in as a leader is what brings the partnership alive.

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If you take away nothing else from this article, please remember this: When your horse can work with you at liberty and feel a sense of freedom, he stops acting like you are the predator, which in turn opens the door to a whole new world of possibility between you.

Your horse is not lazy or stubborn or mean or dumb - horses learn faster than we do - all they want is to connect with you and dance.

Carolyn Resnick's Waterhole Rituals
Carolyn Resnick's Waterhole Rituals

Ultimately what Liberty Training will bring you is a completely different horse – one you never even knew existed. It will be more like having a highly trained, herding dog who feels a bond and enjoys his work, rather than an unhappy and reluctant stranger.

So what are you waiting for?

Carpe diem - seize the day and start Liberty Training your horse today!

Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.

Warmly, Carolyn

P.S. If you are current student of mine, I'd love to read of your experiences of working at liberty using the Waterhole Rituals and during the internal launch of the Chair Challenge, so please share in the Comments below - thanks!

10 Reasons Why You Should Begin With Liberty Training
10 Reasons Why You Should Begin With Liberty Training

The Benefits of Liberty Training

The benefits for you of Liberty Training © and working at liberty

  1. Your horsemanship skills will accelerate such that you will be able to handle issues with your horse you could not fix before.
  2. It will bring unity and harmony between you and your horse.
  3. You will see an improvement in your horse’s response to your leadership with any and all pursuits on the ground and under saddle.
  4. Your horse is easier to read than with tack, which gives you a better understanding in how to go about your communication with your horse.
  5. Often you will safer than when using tack as you are not physically attached to your horse, especially when he becomes.
  6. Helps you learn how be more effective with your body language.
  7. It improves your all-round in relating to horses and this only continues to grow.
  8. Your instincts kick in to action and guide you in how to approach training your horse.
  9. Deepens the bond you share with your horse.
  10. It is a perfect daily warm up by exercising the bond, trust, respect, willingness, focus, connection and energy as a way to re-establish the willingness of your horse to respond to halt, walk, trot, and canter in a controlled rhythm for a perfect performance under saddle.

The benefits for your horse of Liberty Training © and working at liberty

  1. Most horses give up their ‘vices’ without you even having to address the issues.
  2. Your horse will be much more willing and engaged during show performances.
  3. It will work and improve all horse from shy horses, dominant horses, food aggressive horses and horses that are not trained to seasoned horses, young horses, old horses and even fearful horses.
  4. Your horse will be much more responsive and connected with you under saddle, whether you are riding a show horse or a family riding horse.
  5. It will bring your horse feelings of safety and security when with you.
  6. It helps develop healthy muscles and allows your horse to enjoy spontaneous freedom of movement.
  7. It increases your horse’s desire to learn and perform as now he finds it exciting and fun to be with you.
  8. It brings profound well-being to your horse’s spirit when he does not feel pressured.
  9. It develops your horse’s intelligence because he is excited to learn new things and to perform for you effortlessly, easily and naturally at liberty.
  10. It will bring your horse so much joy when he is allowed to spontaneously dance at liberty because it matches the social interactions of a herd.
  11. It will create a healthy ego in your horse from knowing he shares a 50-50 partnership with you.

Benefits to you for all your equestrian pursuits:

  1. Dressage riders can balance the energy and focus of the horse so that the horse brings the appropriate energy needed for what he is being asked to perform, from a relaxed walk on a loose rein to an extended trot with suspension.
  2. For cutting horses, reining and working cow horses, Liberty Training is a way to warm the muscles up to be able to move freely in spontaneous movement. It will also increase the desire for a horse to work a cow.
  3. For pleasure riding horses, it will bring about relaxation and a more dependable ride.
  4. For competitive horses over fences, Liberty Training allows a horse to listen to their instincts and take directions, while at the same time deepening his ability to be in sync with his rider.
  5. For English pleasure and Western pleasure, Liberty Training develops a horse to be in tune with his rider and focused on listening to the rider’s aids.

* NOTE: 'Liberty Training' © is a copyrighted term registered and belonging to Carolyn Resnick

Free lesson on Liberty Training © - Why Liberty Training © the pause and the dance brings about a magical connection under saddle

Free lesson on Liberty Training © - Why Liberty Training © the pause and the dance brings about a magical connection under saddle. The foundation training at liberty to prepare a horse to be ridden with tack or otherwise starts with training the pause and then leads into the dance. I have found that training of the horse with the right balance between the pause and the dance brings about a most successful foundation training and warm up program. By balancing the pause with the dance one is able to create a horse that will stand still in a relaxed frame indefinitely when asked and go forward when asked effortlessly, easily, and naturally. This balance of requests will produce a horse that can be ridden without effort and a horse that will take care of his rider.

You start with asking your horse to stand and then when he will, and it is natural for him to listen to your request, you then teach him to go forward. At first you go back and forth asking for the halt and moving forward in short increments because if you stay in one too along it can erase the desire to do the other. So in the foundational work you are aware of a balnce needed between the two. On a slow horse you are focused more on the go and on a spirited horse you are focused more on the pause.

This balance response is created in your warm up at Liberty on the ground and then again under saddle. When a horse will stop and go easily a horse is easy to direct from the willingness you have created in your horse to these responses. Always keeping this balance in mind when you are in charge of a horse wether he is a finished horse or green.

Warming up your horse at liberty each day to the balance of the pause and the dance will prepare your horse to have this balnce when you ride. Continued work at Liberty your horse will be able to stand relaxed and to move out slowly from the rider’s request or to move forward in a moments notice into the tempo of the riders request. Even in an energetic performance a horse can be relaxed and listen to your direction. This is achieved from this balance of the pause and the dance by working and playing with a horse at liberty with this in mind.

This is why I never bother with the vises a horse shows under saddle like running away, bucking, bolting, baucking, pulling on the reins, running through the reins, wont go, can't stop, shying, just to name a few. All those behaviors have been trained onto the horse by improper management of the horse or simply that the horse was not warmed up properly. Because of taking care of this balance brings about the perfect performance under saddle. From this daily warm up training at liberty you can tune up your connection with your horse so that your riding and training under saddle is experience in perfect union.

Warming up a horse at liberty you are able to warm up your approach to direct your horse and your horse is getting to practice a performance that you might be asking out of him under saddle. Foundation training breaks down easily to practicing on halt and go, pause and whoa, fast and slow, left and right, large turns and turns that are tight in a relaxed manner, in a rhythm that brings you to a magical dance in haromy and unity without the resistance or the fight.

Working at liberty from the ground as the warm up is a better choice than warming up under saddle. You don’t ware out your horse’s body from the extra weight on your horse’s back. It is a lot safer to ride a horse that has been warmed up from the ground and aother reason is once the alignment and connection are present when you get on to ride the ride is experienced in unity and harmony. Your horse will feel your presence and will look forward to the ride, he is at his best with a desire to follow your lead.

Something important for beginning riders to be aware of: if you are always asking for performance without pausing in halt and relaxed walks, your horse can become nervous so that he loses the ablity to halt and enjoy the pause. We have this in comon with horses when we do not take time for the pause. The practice of the pause keeps the mind in a calm state so that the mind then can function at its best. The opposite is also true if all you do is sit on your horse in halt and move around slowly. A horse will eventually not want to go forwards which will possibly open the door to the baulking behavior. Any time you ride it is important to focus on balancing the pause and the dance to keep the connection with your horse at its best with the same focus you use in liberty training through the Waterhole Rituals.

If on a particular day your horse is nervous and antsy this means that perhaps a horse has been put to the task in continuous movement with not enough pausing, relaxing walks and hanging time. By adding the pause in his daily warm up in your liberty training and when riding, your horse becomes “right with the world.” If your horse is right with the world your horse will feel right with you. This state of well being will cause a horse to stand quietly in a strange place or under strange conditions without having to be managed to keep him calm and to perform effortlessly, easily, and naturaly.

When the pause and the dance become out of balance the result can be a horse that will pick up bucking behaviors. Warming up a horse at liberty with the Waterhole Rituals some days you will be working on the pause depending upon your horse's behavior and other days on the dance or going back and forth between the pause and the dance in a way that brings their balance into alignment. My favorite way to figure on what I need to adjust in my horse is to imagine putting a 5 year old child on my horse and ask myself the question, "is my horse going to take care of my child?" This way I am able to visualize where I need to put my focus in my liberty warm up program to have a horse that is dependable and willing. The easy way to develop the perfect connection under saddle is at liberty where in freedom, relaxation, and exuberance are easily expressed and managed. Balancing your horse's daily energy should help your partnership in performance and support your horse's physical and mental well being. I invite you to leave a comment.

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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How to Communicate, Train, and be with a Horse in Freedom

How to communicate, train, and be with a horse in Freedom: In every domestic horse there is a free spirit looking for his freedom. Let’s bring back the free spirit of your horse so that he can TRULY bond with you in the training process. This is what I will be offering in my next Online Waterhole Rituals Course. You will be learning a method of Liberty training without the confinement of a round pen, tack, or need for treats as bribes. It is my belief that all horses need to be started at liberty in a free open environment. It’s not just the dream of a deeper connection; there is a practical reason to approach your horse in this way. The practical reason is that a horse becomes more dependable and your training comes along much quicker and without effort.

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The Waterhole Rituals removes the prey response, which brings out the strength of a horse to know how to connect with you and learn new things, causing your horse to absorb your training lessons like a sponge. The partnership that grows out of it is beyond measure. After a horse is trained in my Method, when you go to use tack the horse feels it is a communication that is natural to him rather than using the tack to control him against his will.

A little bit of my history; in the beginning before I joined the wild horses in Garner Valley, which you may have possibly read about in my book “Naked Liberty”, I had plenty of practice training horses at liberty using my Dads rules. The first rule was that I was not allowed to use tack while practicing how to train a horse when he was not present. The second rule was that if a horse became resistant, excited, or concerned I was to stop the training and wait for him to become relaxed and willing. The last rule was that if what I was training him to do did not come easily, I was to change the subject or quit. He came up with these rules because he did not want me to get hurt. These rules will help you stay safe as well and they are a great guide in how to approach the training of a horse in the most artful way. I follow these rules even today. In the years I experienced following these rules at liberty when my Dad was not around, I learned how different a horse behaved when he saw me as a companion rather than a predator, or just an inconvenience.

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Carlsbad Sunset

It is also who we are inside that makes a big difference in how a horse chooses to respond. The energy inside of a human spirit is what brings a horse along quickly. When using tack, treats, and round pens, a person can lose their inner quality that connects them to the horse. Their focus is more on an agenda, than on developing a relationship. Focusing on an agenda rather than the relationship causes a horse to not feel safe, which triggers the prey response and removes a horse's natural willingness.

A human's agenda can even stop a horse's reasoning ability by causing a horse to step into the survival mode. When a horse learns from a survival mode, what is left is a slave mentality and a false bond. The false bond can be seen easily in a horse, for the horse gives up expression and interest. He just does what he is told and what he can get away with. Allowing the feeling in the moment that you share with your horse, brings the dance alive.

I am offering more program related to this subject in my new program - The Chair Challenge. The chair challenge is designed to bring you to the kind of consciousness that can relate to a horse effortlessly, easily, and naturally. The program is a self-realization experience that starts out as an inner journey to let go of concerns and agendas that could hinder the progress of your horse's training. Sharing Territory and letting go of agenda opens an amazing door that brings about a dance that most horsewomen and men are looking for.

Discover the Chair Challenge
Discover the Chair Challenge

The online Waterhole Rituals program has three phases. The first phase is finding your true nature. By Sharing Territory in this guided program you will download an inner knowingness in your ability to create a willing connection with your horse. The second phase is learning how to communicate with your horse in a free open environment and how to produce a working partnership from a bond at Liberty. The third phase is focused on keeping a willing connection while training and performing at Liberty. In this phase, you are working on being able to bring your horse's energy up and down at will to match what it is you are asking for.

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In a nutshell, you are both the trainer as well as the student of the horse. You use your horse's guidance by his response in how you approach your horse. The purpose of the online course is for the student to learn how to work with a horse as an individual and know when to allow and when not to allow and when to lead and when to follow to keep your position as a leader in the eyes of your horse. It is not about being kind or strong, it is about knowing this.

All successful trainers that bring along a horse easily do not bring agenda to a horse, what they bring is intent; the kind of intention that magically moves mountains. What takes place in the moment directs the approach you take in the training of the horse. 

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

Warmly, Carolyn

Here is a fun video showing a student learning the Waterhole Rituals and more...

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What are the Carolyn Resnick Waterhole Rituals?

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First of all, I want to welcome you if you are new to my blog and to explain the new online Waterhole Rituals course that will be starting on May 29th. It is a course in how to work and play with your horse at liberty and get amazing results. You will learn how to be a friend to your horse and how to lead so that the friendship deepens and the leadership is effortless. From the relationship you achieve in the course your horse will begin to match your movements like a foal matches his mother’s movements. You will learn how to send your horse out and call your horse back to you, along with your horse circling around you at liberty and being able to ask your horse to stay in one place as if he is ground tied.

From the practice of the Waterhole Rituals you will able to keep your horses’ attention on you and he will follow your lead from the ground, which will translate to the saddle, and anytime you may need the cooperation of your horse.

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The Waterhole Rituals Online Course is a co-creative course that develops your horsemanship skills though the collaborative interactions you share with your horse at liberty. You will learn what to allow, what not to allow, when you need to fit in with your horse, and when your horse needs to fit in with you. Through the process of learning how to dance with your horse at liberty, you will discover more about your natural abilities and how to approach your horse using your own instincts and values.

My method is built on natural bonding rituals that are instinctual to horses. Through the practice of the Waterhole Rituals you will develop an understanding of how to connect with all living creatures.  You will begin to learn about yourself more deeply and discover a way to be a leader in the eyes of your horse without using force.

What are the Waterhole Rituals?

The Waterhole Rituals are natural bonding rituals that I learned from watching wild horses in nature. They are the rituals that create harmonious communication within a herd. You can see many of the bonding rituals very clearly when two horses first meet and while then are grazing. Through shared grazing spots and claimed grazing spots they develop a unified herd and social awareness. Horses train each other to fit in socially within the herd and how to keep a position of respect with one another in their everyday relationships. This is my secret and I will be passing it on to you by showing you how to approach the training of a horse in a similar way, to be harmonious with your horse.

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The practice of the Waterhole Rituals will deeply benefit any and all horse and human relationship; from trail riding, to training and performance, to every day management as they open the door to your OWN true nature.

To understand what it is to work with a horse at liberty, these are the rules you will be following to bring about the true nature of your horse; to connect with him and give him a desire to learn and follow your leadership.

Rules to follow using the Waterhole Rituals

In each Ritual there is an outcome to be achieved. How you achieve it is in your hands by following these basic rules:

  • You do not capture a horse against his or her will.
  • The only time you are to influence a horse is when he is relaxed.
  • If you excite a horse the horse should be able to go back to relaxation in less than 3 minutes.
  • Take a pause for the same amount of time that a horse became concerned.
  • If you create fear in a horse do not repeat what excited him, but rather move on to something that would bring back the trust and willingness of the horse to follow your lead.
    • In many cases it can be a good lesson for a horse to become excited to bring up his energy, but not if the trust is disturbed beyond three minutes. Bringing up a horse’s energy is desirable but not to be used to force a horse to do something that he does not want to do or to punish him. Bringing up a horse’s energy can return his focus and grow the bond deeper, but not if he feels threatened. He must feel like a dog at play and that the connection has improved from the energy you developed in him. We all know what that looks like.
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What is so different and special about the Waterhole Rituals?

They bring awareness in how to create the want and the desire in a horse to dance in partnership with a human. What is different about the Waterhole Rituals is that they shed light on understanding the true nature of an individual horse from the same approach that horses use to get to know each other. The Waterhole Rituals teach people how to connect with their higher self and how to learn from the direct experience, just as I have done.

What is the Therapeutic aspect to both species?

The Waterhole Rituals are therapeutic for horses because it gives them social activities to do and it gives them a sense of family with humans that a horse would normally experience in a natural herd. The daily practice of the Waterhole Rituals grows a horses’ sense of belonging. Since the Waterhole Rituals are the natural rituals that horses engage in to increase their bond and connection to the herd, they bring meaning to a horses’ life.

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The Waterhole Rituals are therapeutic to humans in very much the same way as with horses. From the direct experience of growing a deep bond with a horse, something awakens within a person to bring about a deeper meaning to life. From the practice of the Waterhole Rituals a well-being springs forth so that the student is able to discover their natural instincts for communicating with a horse. During the process of learning the Waterhole rituals I have seen people develop a deeper kinship with all living creatures. From the heart and soul exchanges that occur between horse and human; broken hearts heal, the lost find their way home, and for the student of the horse it brings a deep sense of joy and growing connection.

There are many similarities between horses and humans and unlimited insights that I will give you in my online course. These similarities, between horses and humans, cause deep bonds that are magical.  The Waterhole Rituals are the perfect way to deepen the understanding of your horses’ true nature and personality and how to develop a more willing partnership with him at liberty.  In searching for this kind of connection with your horse a person awakens to THEIR true nature and finds a UNIQUE connection with their horse.

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

Warmly, Carolyn

P.S. The online course is now available after taking the my new the Chair Challenge.

Discover the Chair Challenge
Discover the Chair Challenge

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Positive Energy is in the Air!

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“Positive energy is in the air.” I read this statement on the front cover of a Bed, Bath, and Beyond catalog this morning that I had received in my mailbox today. I was quite delighted that this statement could be found on the cover of a chain store catalog that sold bath products and many household needs to the general population. To me this means that the mainstream consumers are beginning to see the need for taking an active role for bringing positive energy into one’s life. It is not about the things in our life. It is about the positive energy we bring to our “things”. “Things” being all matter, whether that is our possessions, friends, strangers, loved ones, earth, plants, animals, or atmosphere. In little tiny ways we can make a difference.

My husband and I owned a 13 acre horse ranch, Stonehenge Arabians - Dances with horses, in Sonoma California. It sat smack dab in the center of wine country. We breed and trained Arabian horses and grew Napa Gamey wine grapes. We bottled a Gamey Nuevo wine from what we grew. It was a wine you served during the holidays. In the first two years we stomped the juice out of the grapes with our feet. Everything I touched was approached from a labor of love. The positive energy we poured out came back to us from a never-ending stream of consciousness that continues to enhance my well being even today.

Every day I spent two hours in the morning preparing the ranch to create positive energy for all that lived there. I approached my chores in complete awareness and joy. I was creating positive energy in how I approached my chores of raking, pulling weeds, grooming, saddle soaping tack, cleaning the feed room, cleaning stall walls, dragging the arena, feeding animals, cleaning waters, picking up poo, repairing what was broken, working in the garden, and so on. The list was long, but it caused my every day life to bring me greater joy for being alive.

The joy that emanated from me was palpable which caused my horses, cats, dogs, students, ect… to deeply connect with me in this magical space. One of the things I learn about life is that taking action to create harmony and beauty in the environment we occupy is the answer for getting rid of the things that stand in the way of the connecting’s we long for.

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Being awake to what it is that you are doing makes you feel more joyful. This is uplifting to others, radiates positive energy, and sends more well-being out into the world. I believe this is our purpose on earth and from this practice comes a deeper sense of fulfillment and the connection we may feel is missing. It is the Zen practice of, “chop wood/carry water” that unveils the deeper meaning of life and good heath.

Training horses is a lot like this. Training a horse, for both you and your horse, can be the best part of life by what you bring to each other in the relationship. If self-realization and Sharing Territory with your horse is interesting to you, you might like to look into my new program the Chair Challenge, which is a set of guided meditations designed to bring you an ability to know your horse and yourself more deeply. These guided meditations will bring about a beautiful cross species bond. It is the first stage of the practice of my Waterhole Rituals.

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My method of training a horse is not a method of training. It is a method of practice where horses and humans grow into an alignment. From the every day practice of the Waterhole Rituals a partnership arises were a human may ride a horse from a bonded trust. A non-imposing leadership is shared and a way of life that flows effortlessly, easily, and naturally is discovered.

If you are interested in the Chair Challenge program it will offer you a more in-depth practice of Sharing Territory, which will help to grow your bond to prepare you for the online course.

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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Free lesson on how to train a horse to rein with light aids:

Free lesson on how to train a horse to rein with light aids. I always like to share how to train a horse from my life experiences. Life experiences through story telling are an excellent way to learn because you can see better in how you would like to approach your own horse. It opens the door to your imagination and creativity.

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Carolyn Andree

What made be think of this lesson was a trip I took last week with Andree to attend the Arabian horse Show in Scottsdale, Arizona. I can’t wait to go back next year! After visiting Scottsdale we then went on to Sedona to visit my high school and enjoy those great big red, red, rocks and canyons in nature. I also wanted Andree to see how beautiful the desert was. As I was reflecting on our trip, I realized I needed to write a blog and give a free lesson.

The high school I attended was Verde Valley School where I took my horse, Lover, who was a four-year-old Arabian. Lover was from the Kellogg’s Ranch and she was a beautiful chestnut mare. She came into my life at the age of two and was only halter broke. I had started her under saddle at three. When we arrived at the school she was green but very dependable.

I was looking forward to showing her while I was there. I found out they had no horse shows and that the only thing they had was a rodeo that offered barrel racing. So I had no choice but to enter her in the barrel racing. This was going to be a challenge.

What I am about to share with you will help you to create a horse to have the lightest of rein aids whether it is green or experienced and it is fun, if you like training horses that is.

Think on how you might develop a green horse that would respond to light aids at top speed. I figured this out through meditation. We had an Indian Kiva that John Brown built where I went to meditate and to figure things out and develop a spiritual awareness.

I sat for some time in neutral before I asked myself how I was going to train Lover to run with the wind and go where I wanted her go. To this point when she ran I went where she went and she sort of took directions from me, if she was in the mood.

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I had half of her training for Barrel racing on her because she could run like the wind and was very, very fast. Now all I needed to do was to get her to listen to where I wanted her to go and to neck rein while doing it. At the time she did not even neck rein. I had never trained a horse to neck rein, but I could figure this out as I went along. I want to point out to you that passion is the mother of all inventions. If you are not passionate it will slow things down for you, but do not worry because you can do it. The plan I am about to share with you is one I have used all my life. I hope you will try it and let me know how it worked for you and what things you learned along the way.

What I did was walk in the pattern next to her until she showed that she understood the pattern. Then I trotted with her until she got the pattern. Then I ground drove her to the pattern in walk and then in trot. I found her to be very light to the rein aids. I then began riding her around the barrels in walk. When she went wide I then would stop her and recalibrate her direction and stop her again until she was willing to stand without being held. I reined with a direct rein, with one rein in each hand, and used the neck rein along with the use of direct rein together. She already new the pattern, so it was quite easy. Once she began to walk the pattern without the rein aids I moved her into trot doing the same pattern and then when she could do the same thing in trot we moved into canter and trot transitions. Then when she could do that we then worked the pattern in canter. When she could do that without the rein aids she was light to the rein aids any time I used them from the connection we had developed together and I could run the barrels at top speed and all I needed to do was stay on.

The joy I got from taking it slowly I wish I could share with you but it is too great to put in words. I can only say that it is like a meditation and a dance in harmony and joy. In two months Lover and I had produced a miracle. I entered the barrel race and we won it. It was not the winning that mattered it was the feeling of accomplishment and the journey we shared together which brought us to a deep connection.

I can say that my experience with Lover was greater than I could have experienced with my own kind. Nothing could beat it. What happened in her training is that her rein aids were so light that they came from a thought and a shift of my seat in the saddle. From then on she would try to figure out my message that I would send to her through the reins. If I wanted contact on the reins she would give it to me or if I wanted a lose rein. I went on to show her both in English and Western dressage and jumping. You can do that at Arabian shows. We were hooked on the dance of adventure. I hope this story helps to inspire you.

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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What Happens in Sharing Territory at Liberty?

Photo by Teddie Ziegler
Photo by Teddie Ziegler

Liberty training when coached in the Waterhole Rituals is such an amazing experience. It is like being a child again living a dream where you can really communicate with the natural spirit of horses. It is a self transforming experience. Being in real time at liberty in a free open environment, a horse can be truly seen. In this venue it is simple to understand the individual make up of the horse.  It also causes a horse to be more willing to connect and follow your lead.

This liberty training approach, when no force is used on a horse, opens the door to an ability to connect with the true nature of a horse. It is an experience in real time where one learns in the most natural way from the horse’s response. Communicating with a horse when a horse is free, you find out your strengths and your weakness.

Being guided in the Method by Teddie Ziegler, Linda Salinas, or myself is a co-creative experience between you and the horse.

When tack is used with a horse for teaching a person how to read a horse, it just does not work as well as it does starting out without tack in a free open environment. A horse does not show his true colors when tack is used.  Yes, you can work alone at liberty but, working with a master coach is more valuable. Alone, a person can only choose to interact with what they already know. Working with a master coach, you are able to step out on the leading edge to enter the world of nature.  Working with a liberty coach is magical when one can experience energies and connections that you have not worked with before or even knew existed.

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An example of how differently a horse behaves at liberty: I had a horse that when I first got him I could easily spray him with fly spray, if he was wearing a halter. It even appeared as if he liked being sprayed.  He was trained that well with tack, but without a halter on as far as he was concerned hell could freeze over before he was going to let himself be sprayed. We had no bond at the time.

What you want to have is a horse that would stand and wait to be sprayed whether he was at liberty or not and that you used no tack to train him to stand.  Once I had developed a bond with him he was fine with me spraying him at liberty. I was able to change his conduct from the practice of the first Ritual Sharing Territory only. I did not need to practice using the spray bottle, he became willing. This is the power of the first Ritual. There is much more to this Ritual than people have any idea in how deep it goes. It is not just sitting in a chair in a field or paddock and waiting for a horse to make a connection with you. If this is all you did you would not be in the right state of consciousness to be able to connect with your horse when he comes to you for a visit.

Sharing Territory you need to spent some time preparing yourself to be present to the moment and fully aware of the environment like a horse. So when your horse comes to you you have something in common with him. Feeling an intimate connection with the environment, a horse will see you more clearly and you will see him in the same light. In this awareness you naturally will be able to share a common language that is pretty amazing. That is the magic of taking time to get in the zone of connection.

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Photo by Teddie Ziegler

Sharing Territory is a time to grow your spiritual understanding and to grow your awareness in the moment that will help you to connect to the true nature of horses. Sharing Territory is an opportunity for self realization and is a way to step into your personal power. It will enliven your spirit which will help you to awaken to your true nature.

I have created a program called the Chair Challenge that has developed the Ritual Sharing Territory into an in depth program through 21 days of guided meditations to bring you to a state of well being and to a consciousness that will meet and connect easily with horses. From Sharing Territory with horses, horses have made me a better person and trainer. What I learned from them is that the connection with them brings about a partnership great than anything I could have trained a horse to do. I found a better version of myself and a way to connect with all living things.

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Discover the Chair Challenge

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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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Developing a Horse to be Dependable in the Wind

Carolyn Resnick
Carolyn Resnick

The Waterhole Rituals can help with any number of problems that could crop up with a horse once you have laid the foundation training with them. Here is an example: You can use the Waterhole Rituals for training a horse to be dependable when the wind is blowing. The wind can cause a horse’s energy to rise and be on guard. Choosing to train or ride on windy days has its challenges. If you have a very sensitive horse that is high strung, it can be a challenge throughout the life of the horse. How to handle these times is to train your horse to see these days, that the wind is blowing, as enjoyable when he is in your company. You can do this by following some simple Waterhole Rituals exercises during the days that the wind is blowing. When you practice the Waterhole Rituals for this purpose you will develop a high strung horse to be calm in gusty or high winds, or even storm like conditions.

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Trinity

When you have developed your horse to be calm in the wind you will be amazed that you have taken your horse to the next level of connection that is heart warming and safe. I do not need to explain how to do the exercise I am about to share with you for you already know them. From this new point of view in using the Rituals to develop a horse to work in windy conditions watch how differently you approach the practice of the Waterhole Rituals. What you will learn about yourself is how you have developed your skill in relating to your horse and that you also know how to fix a problem that you did not know that you had the skill to fix, just by setting your attention in that direction.

Knowing “ why” is very important in your approach for anything you do. If you are focused on playing with your horse using the Waterhole Rituals you will not have fixed your horses response to the wind. If you are focused on dancing at Liberty you get the same result. Your approach will be different and the outcome will be different by what it is that you are wanting to develop in your horse. What I want you to learn about horse training is that your intention will change your approach of the Waterhole Rituals in a positive way.

Photo by Teddie Ziegler
Photo by Teddie Ziegler

Students in my online course use the Waterhole Rituals first to develop the bond, trust, respect, focus, the magnetic connection, and the dance. After that we can see that they can be used for any number of behavior problems as well and advancing the training of a horse for most any disipline. Using the Waterhole Rituals to advance the training of your horse you will discover the trainer within from your natural instincts that has matured from the experience that you gained from the earlier practice of the Waterhole Rituals.

Here is the order of Exercises to use developing a horse to be dependable and relaxed in the wind:

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Photo by Teddie Ziegler

When the wind is blowing practice Sharing Territory, then Intimacy Bucket, then Standing in the Box, and last Eye Contact. You move to each exercise only when the horse is completely relaxed and wanting your company. It might be that for a week you would only be doing Sharing Territory and so on. This is a good time to develop a solid horse in the wind during the winter months when the weather is inclement. Also remember the Uberstreichen exercises are very helpful. They can be found in the blog history along with the Standing in the Box exercise.

It is my intention that you are training horses not for performance but as a way to connect and grow your ability to know yourself more deeply and to learn how to fit into the true nature of horses. When you do that you fit into the true nature of yourself evolving your consciousness. Your becoming congruent with your horse and with your body, mind, and spirit. Being able to advance the training of the horse advances your ability to be congruent and full hearted.

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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Ranch!

Carolyn
Carolyn

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Holidays... however you celebrate it. 

I hope everyone is able to have a very joyous and safe holiday season. Our office will be closed for the holiday season until January 7th to be with our families.

Love, Carolyn

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It's Colic Season Here...

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Teddie and Jazz

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The weather here has been up and down, hot and cold, with quick extreme temperature shifts.  This is causing problems with the horses in the area. Yesterday Teddie's horse Jazz almost coliced showing bizarre behavior and had stopped eating and passing manure. We kept a close watch on him along with having our wonderful vet, Dr. Mat Mathews, come out to give his opinion. Mat said no fever, no gut issues, and no apparent problem but just in case to keep an eye on him. Mat also said that he had an abundance of calls within the last 12 hours and most of his older horses were having problems with colic.

That was yesterday, today Jazz is now eating and doing everything else normally again and his spirits are good. Jazz is 26 years old, he does not know he is old as he is very health horse. I think this is because of the amazing connection and attention to his care that Teddie gives to all her horses.  Teddie has owned Jazz since he was a baby.

With the drastic changing weather of hot and cold it is hard on horses and especially the older ones. Teddie was ahead of this situation and because of her precautionary measures he made it through. This is what she did: she gave her horses Robin’s tea (we have the video below explaining how to make it) and this helps a horse's water intake.

Jazz and Teddie
Jazz and Teddie

Also, two weeks at the start of the new season (weather change) she feeds a mixture of half a scoop of equine senior, a splash of flax seed oil, a pinch of salt, a splash of red cell, and a scoop of Sand Clear with some cut carrots for taste. This helps clear the sand they may have eaten, and helps move things through a bit easier so when the weather changes there is no added strain on their digestive system.  So far so good and it has been working for many many years.

Please let us know your stories and if you have any secrets to keeping colic away.

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

Warmly, Carolyn

How to Train your Horse to Learn Tricks Quickly and in a Relaxed Manner

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Jazz giving kisses

How to Train your Horse to Learn Tricks Quickly and in a Relaxed MannerTraining your horse to do tricks is a lot of fun for you and your horse. When I was a child my father sent one of our horses to a trick horse trainer. I was so excited. I remember our first visit to see what Flashlight had learned. Her first week at school she had learned how to say "yes" and "no" and how to stand on a pedestal. I was thrilled. I was so proud of her and I thought this trainer was a genius. I know that those of you who are trick training your horse must be experiencing this same amazement and how much fun you are having sharing with your friends the tricks you have trained your horse to do.

Here are some handy hints in how to speed up your horse’s ability to learn tricks.

The first lesson to teach a horse, so that everything goes smoothly, is that your horse stays relaxed and focused on you.

Jazz "Standing In a Box"
Jazz "Standing In a Box"

A very important trick to teach is the “Pause” Trick. This way the horse will stand still and will wait between his tricks to be directed to his next trick, because he gets a treat in the beginning for standing still. Many times a horse that does tricks gets in a hurry. When a horse offers a trick when you are not wanting him to perform, it is hard to get his attention back on you to be able to teach him a new trick or even listen to you in what trick you want him to do. The “pause” trick will make all the difference between a well schooled horse and a horse that gets frustrated from not getting the treat fast enough.

Tip:

It is a myth that you need to reward a horse right away for a new trick learned. Reward your horse with your voice or the clicker immediately, but then take your time giving the treat. This way you will not develop a horse that gets upset with you from you not getting the treat to him fast enough. Never get into a position where your horse would cause you to speed up giving him treats because this will make an unhappy horse.

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Jazz and Teddie

When handing a treat to your horse wait until your horse is standing and his ears are forward. Your horse will learn this quickly. After your horse’s ears are forward if your horse then puts them back again give the treat anyway. Once he gets the idea, you then can then choose to give him a treat only when the ears are forward.

How to train your horse to stand still:

Tie your horse up and give him a treat and when he is still give him another treat. He will begin to fuss because he will want another treat. Tell him to wait only once and then stand still and wait him out. When he is still give him another treat. In no time he will learn to stand still when you ask. Once he learns this then teach him to do this at liberty. This way any time you say “wait” he will stand still like a statue and he will be eager to wait for his treat.

Applying these hints to your program will bring about a deeper connection from the relaxation that they will provide. Your horse will be more focused on you and learn the tricks you want to teach him much faster.

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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How to Develop a True Bond and Communicate with a Horse at Liberty

My online classes started last week. It is not too late to sign up for the course on the Waterhole Rituals. Latecomers are welcome for the first three weeks of class.

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I want to welcome all of my students who have joined me this Fall. While the class is going on I will write my blogs to enrich your experience while you are in the program.

In my book “Naked Liberty” I wrote about Strawberry, a horse that established how I approach a horse before training. This is the secret I want to share with you so you can enjoy a willing partnership with your horse, like I had with my old horse Strawberry.  You might like to read the chapter titled “National Champion Everything” at this time. It starts on page 37.  It might help to empower you while using my method.

What I feel that I am bringing to the equestrian world is the missing link in how to develop a true bond and how to communicate with a horse that causes a horse to trust you, respect you, to be attentive, and to want to follow your lead. Training methods are not focused on developing a true bond with a horse like the one I had with Strawberry.

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Carolyn 2

The ones that speak of developing a bond like round pen methods do not create a true bond. The reason for this is that training a bond in a round pen the human imposes his presence on to the horse, which opens the door to fear and mistrust. This causes a horse to surrender to the human’s presence because he has no other choice. The bond is fear based.  This is starting the relationship on the wrong foot. Even the practice of catching your horse each day, you are starting out on the wrong foot.

When you walk up to your horse without permission the horse sees that you have entered his space and that he needs to set his boundaries by moving away. What you want to do instead is have the horse come to you without your influencing him to do so. This way the bond is genuine.

When a training method continues to pursue a horse the horse sees the trainer as a predator and further pursuit causes a horse to surrender and do what he is told. He learns that being close to a human he is less traumatized than trying to escape. He surrenders like the picture of a horse I have seen on Facebook where the horse is tied to a plastic chair and thinks he must stay there due to the fear of what would happen to him if he left it.

The time it takes to allow a relationship to bloom will dramatically decrease the time you usually need to train your horse.  When a horse is not defensive and feels secure his mind is open. When a true friendship is shared a horse will respond to you as if he was already trained or he will only need just a bit of direction. All you are training a horse to do really is getting a horse to respond positively to a request the way you intended him to. That is simple with the bond is there.

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In the online course you will learn a lot from seeing all the different ways I approach each student in how to go about using the Waterhole Rituals with their individual horse. There will be times that your horse will need to listen to your leadership when he would not want to and I will help you over those hurdles. You will learn when to ask, how to ask, and how strong or light to be with your aids. In most cases you will not need to touch your horse. If you need to use the reed, it will not hurt the horse because the reed can only give a suggestion. Most everything will be addressed with body language only.

Training a horse through the Waterhole Rituals your treating your horse like how you would like to be treated if the tables were turned. Your mission is to develop a desire in your horse to seek out your company, not by moving his feet to start the process but by waiting for your horse to come to you. When he approaches, you then can guide your horse easily by having his full attention when he is open to following your influence.

What caused the horse to learn quickly are mainly these three guidelines only.  First that he feels the bond in the moment of your request. I will show you how to set him up for that. Second is how you ask and I will help you with your approach. And the third is choosing an exercise that will flow easily in your horse’s advancement of his training.

Trial and error and the program I design for you and your horse will develop these abilities.  I would suggest you write these guidelines in a workbook that you set up for yourself. I will be pointing them out throughout the class.

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As we begin to Share Territory with a horse waiting for the horse to start the bond is the self-realization part of the course.  This is a time to get truly present to the moment. Sharing Territory is a time to clear out all the things in your mind to access your intuition. Getting in touch with your true nature will empower you to have a natural ability in communicating with your horse.  Your heart will become open and like a child you will naturally know more in how to grow the relationship to build the respect of your horse while the bond is growing.

What you are learning from your horse is a universal way to communication with all living things.  Through communication you can create well being, cooperation, trust and willingness in others to support you in your needs. Developing this ability will also cause you to want to do the same for them.

Thank you for this opportunity to share with you what gives me an ability to achieve the relationship and dance at liberty that I share with horses. The joy it has brought me throughout my life causes me to want to share with you in this online school. See you in the classroom. Finding the uniqueness in your horse as an individual will help you find your intuitive nature. The course is a spiritual journey in self-realization through the training of horses through at Liberty. Please come join us.

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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Learn Natural Horse Communication Online

DSC01768The online program is on natural horse communication. Horse to human and human to horse. The class learns how to communication with a horse from a bonded trust in harmony and unity. In the class the student learns to build a relationship with a horse when the bond is shared between horse and human through the Waterhole Rituals at liberty while training him. What takes place in the moments of the bond is vital in how the relationship develops with a horse. The class is also focused on developing the student’s vibrations. Having the right vibrations will draw a horse to you magical and respectfully. When you have this kind of energetic awareness you understand how to use your body language to influence your horse to follow your lead. This part of the class is a journey in self-realization. Through self-realization one develops a deeper awareness and insight into how to connect and communicate with a horse; your body language will take on more meaning and cause your horse to follow your lead naturally.

I take each person, step by step, through the progressive levels of the Waterhole Rituals. The class learns how to how to be, and what to do, to be able to bring your horse's performance forward. Once you have gained this kind of understanding, everything you do with a horse will be achieved from your own insights in to how to relate to a horse in any given situation.

Carolyn and OsoHorses are social animals and much of their well being comes from the relationships they share with one another. These relationships and interactions open the door to trust and respect. Through these interactions bonds grow deeper and body language becomes highly developed to a point that a message can be sensed and understood from a shift in movement from the intent of the messenger.

Horses learn how to respect each others needs from social interactions. As a foal grows the elders shape the character of the foal to be in harmony with the herd he is living with. When a foal is born he is born with his own personality, just like humans are. What he experiences in his life plays a big part in how he sees the world. How he sees the world creates his understanding of life and how safe he feels in his environment and how considerate he is to other horses and humans.

When trust is gained from developing a bond the negative relationships you may have with a particular horse drops away and what is born out of this is a deep friendship and willing partnership.

From my years of watching how foals are raised in a herd, I created a program in how to develop a horse's character to fit in harmony with his handler and how a human may let a horse shape his or her behavior so a trusting partnership is born.  It is truly a 50/50 partnership where you learn how to develop a horse's desire to follow your lead.

In my online course I guide my students in how to win a partnership with their horse at liberty as the bond is being shared between horse and human by following seven horse rituals that are natural to horses. You can read bout them in my book Naked Liberty.

Photo by Ginny CarrMy Fall online course is starting on Oct 11th of this year. In the course you will learn how to use body language and where to be in relationship to your horse that will get you the response you would like and how to interact with a horse at liberty to keep the connection and willingness of the horse alive and growing. You will learn that negative behaviors can be handled effortlessly, easily, and naturally like magic. You will learn how a horse sees your relationship, who your horse is in relationship to his personality, and how to go about communicating with him to get the best results.

In this course you will learn about the true nature of horses and how to communicate with them so that your horse trusts you, respects you, and is willing to follow your lead. From this partnership you have formed with your horse whatever you are wanting to bring to your relationship, like further training of riding methods, will flow as if the horse has already read the book.

My interest is to develop your own style of leadership from following your own perspective in how you need to approach your horse in my program. Every other week we work together on what exercises would be easy to bring to your horse. My focus is to develop a horse at liberty in the most natural way from what is easy for you and what is easy for your horse. I look to grow the partnership in baby steps. This way you feel that you and your horse are in charge of the program and the learning.

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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The Kick and Pull Horsemanship Lesson

pull The kick and pull lessons given to children or adults is not how to start them out on a horse. Usually beginners are put on a horse with no preparation. The reason you don't want to start like this is that it causes the beginner to feel that it is the job of the horse to please them.

Basically we are creating a thoughtless culture where just our own needs are being met. Approaching riding lessons in this manner makes slaves out of the horses and people who feel no allegiance to what the horse is feeling.

Children and adults need to work on a farm for a while getting to know the horse from the ground - spending time with the horse, Sharing Territory in the same way all animals in a farm get to know each another and in the way bonds are formed. Riding a horse should be a privilege not a right.

One need to know a horse well enough to be aware of the daily feelings of a horse; maybe the horse does not feel like being ridden, maybe your teacher does not know their own horse well enough, maybe the horse should never be ridden, maybe it is alright to ride the horse for only 10 minutes at a walk. A lot of "maybes" need to be considered to be a person that is as much a caretaker of the horse as they are to themselves.

If your child only knows the kick and pull version of horse riding your child is not learning how to develop relationships in life. Life is about knowing how to make connections and develop flexible thinking to see their needs and the needs of others.  The first experience riding a horse makes a big difference to the rest of your life in how successfully connected you are to a horse.

young-girl-with-small-horseI was started out the best way possible. Strawberry and I knew each other from a bond we had formed from the ground and all the work I did to take care of him. My Dad put me on Strawberry because he was a horse that would take care of me. If I lost my seat he would do anything in his power to save me from a fall.  This caused me to be a confident rider. My Dad showed me how to ask him to go forward, stop and turn him.  It was a lesson with subtle aids. I was to think forward and let my seat urge Strawberry forward and then relax and then Strawberry would go. Then he said, "that is all there is to riding". Well that felt really good. I got that accomplished in the first lesson so I felt like a natural.

This is the first thing you want a student to feel when taking their first lesson. After my 5 minute lesson he told me to do what I wanted to do and left me alone as he watched from a distance. I was three and I was glad my lesson was over so I could ride on my own with the wind in my hair at a walk.  I was enthusiastic. I wanted to stay on the back of Strawberry for as long as possible. I still remember everything about that day.  There was no kicking or pulling. I must say that riding a broomstick I was very aggressive from watching cowboys in the movies, but because Strawberry and I were bonded it never occurred to me to ride him like he was a wooden stick with no heart or soul.

Horseback riding should start out with allot of understanding and connection with the particular horse that you are going to be taking a lesson on.  There should be lots of time to bond, like holding a rope while the horse grazes on delicious grass.  This is a good way for a new person to get connected to their horse.  When kicking and pulling are suggested this means that you are not ready, you do not have enough knowledge to be on that horse.

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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