This is a picture of my horse Stoney, who I had since he was two months old. He is performing Levade, one of the Spanish Riding School movements that is trained with tack. I trained Stoney to perform Levade without tack, at liberty in a full-size arena. I was able to do this because of the bond of the friendship I shared with him. By working with Stoney at liberty, I did not make the mistake of teaching him when he did not want to listen. Because he was free to choose, Stoney was able to lead me to a true understanding of horses, horse training, communication and leadership. He taught me to look for the big "yes" that is inherent in all horses.