This is an actual letter I received: Dear Carolyn, Would it be fair to say, that your work is not “horse-training”, but instead a creation of allowing. This allowing is the expression of two beings existing in their truth? Would it be fair to say that instead of training, your work gives behavior a place to exist that mirrors a relationship – mirrors the strength of a bond established?
I am trying to wrap my head around just how truly different your method is from the others. The others operate from doing, forcing and demanding. While your work has no limitation, because of just how beautiful it can be.
I was so excited to get this letter as it gave me the opportunity to speak to you about my feelings on this matter. I love to talk about the freedom you give your horse while training and the amazing relationship that this freedom brings about. It is all about a real relationship that makes sense to the horse. Your letter definitely speaks from a heart driven position and my method also comes for this position as I have always warned people not to slip into “the trainer’s mind”. One of the differences, and there are many, between my Method and another is that the focus is on giving freedom to the horse in order to control the trainer’s influence to suite his needs and well being in the moment. We are training the horse as we are discovering the magic of nature. We know what our goal is but the map we follow is in the hands of the horse. You’re only directing the horse when the horse is willing and relaxed.
My Method teaches you how to be congruent in the dance with your horse. It also helps you to find your “authentic self”. There is a code of conduct in nature that horses and animals instinctually understand and this code is an integral part of my Method. By learning this code of conduct and communicating more effectively with a horse you heighten your spiritual connection with all living things, bringing you back to your "authentic self" and showing you how to dance with the free spirit of a horse. In that free spirited dance it is the intention of my Method to “train” the horse to follow your lead in all matters.
Yes, there is an allowance that exists at just the right moment. There are also boundaries and limits given at just the right moments as well. This comes from the freedom you give your horse to do as he chooses while you are training him. This freedom causes you to be able to communicate and lead within this universal code of conduct, which creates a deeper connection. Acting within this code causes a horse to trust you and to see you in a positive light. In a free choice environment there are no training mistakes big enough to stop the bond nor the dance from growing.
Your ability to successfully train your horse does not necessarily happen because of your intelligence or your ability, but rather from the freedom a horse has to be who he is and from the capability to say when he does or does not want your leadership. Your horse has the freedom to stop your influence when he chooses. This freedom keys a horse to naturally want to follow your lead. Never taking away the freedom of a horse to respond as he wishes, develops your leadership to be more appropriate and gives a horse a stronger desire to look forward to your direction. This in turn creates a horse that wants to learn the lessons you are offering him. This brings you much closer to an inter-species bond. However, this bond is a real, actual, heart-felt connection and not a mirrored image of one.
As horse trainers, our focus is to create an optimistic nature in the horse in order to want to dance and connect with us. The trainer is also focused on creating a horse with the ability to exercise his instincts and sense of well-being by sharing a friendship with you in the training process. You recognize that your horse knows the path he needs to take for himself and you support that path as his trainer and his friend. Because your horse is free, your horse will always accept your communication with an open heart.
Through the freedom we give the horse, and the freedom we maintain for ourselves, we discover a leadership that a horse is drawn to. In this process both horse and human are uplifted to a feeling of great joy from the training experience you share with one another. The experience of breaking through to both worlds, horse to human and human to horse, brings an awareness of the universal connection to all things by knowing each other's true nature.
There is still time to register for my online class that starts September 14/15, 2014. This would be a great opportunity for anyone out there reading my blog who would like to discuss beginning or continued training in my Method and the Waterhole Rituals.
Have a great 4th of July weekend! Watch out for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.
CAROLYN RESNICK - Escondido, Ca and Online:
November 20-November 23, 2014
December 11-December 14, 2014
September 14/15, 2014 (starts)
Done at the Ranch in Escondido, Ca - Anytime you want!
LINDA SALINAS - Certified Instructor - Canada & Denmark Clinics:
Self Realization through the Training of Horses at Liberty
CANADA - August 1-August 3, 2014 DENMARK - August 22-August 24, 2014
TEDDIE ZIEGLER - Certified Instructor - California
Available for Private Lessons, Private and Group Clinics in the Waterhole Rituals and Self Realization through the Training of Horses at Liberty.
For more information email Teddie at email@example.com