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.
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.
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:
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.
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