The Online Waterhole Rituals CourseIf your horse could talk I’ll bet he would say, “Please let’s take the course so we can get to know each other better, where we both can get to be our authentic selves, so we may dance at Liberty effortlessly, easily and naturally”.
We still have a few seats available in my next online courses on the Waterhole Rituals. We only have 10 seats available for the Insiders Circle. In the Extended Circle we are already over half full. Both classes start July 22nd. We would love to have you join us.
From the positive feedback we have received, the course is a wonderful medium for everyone to learn the Waterhole Rituals. My program is created to support and enhance all equestrian pursuits.
You and your horse will share bonding rituals natural to horses to deepen the connection and enhance the performance of your horse. These rituals, when shared by humans and horses, develop an ability to match each others movements like a mirrored reflection. It is the most nurturing dance you can experience with a horse from the ground. Your movements become one with a horse without training and without thought. It is a way to put well-being into action for both you and your horse. Time will disappear.
What you get out of this course The purpose of the course is for personal empowerment and self-realization. As you grow the relationship with your horse you gain a sense of personal empowerment. Through the freedom you share with one another, you exercise a feeling of well-being that brings you an awareness to a universal connection to all things. How your horse responds to you brings your authentic self into action.
Further training and traditional methods will be a breeze with the partnership you have formed from the Waterhole Rituals. If you are a knowledgeable rider, the partnership you have developed on the ground will significantly improve your horse’s performance and connection under saddle.
This course is designed to transform your leadership to be effective and inviting from a new perspective. You will learn how to shape your horse’s character to fit in harmony with you, from the well-being and respect you offer each other. Your horse nurtures your well-being and you nurture your horse’s well-being from the experiences of the Waterhole Rituals. No more using leadership when the horse does not want to follow your lead.
You and your horse will guide each other in how to be in a harmonious friendship. There will be times you will need to be very clear about asking your horse to leave your personal space for social reasons, to maintain respect. In bonded relationships with horses he or she can become too self-serving. This is a normal tendency for both horses and humans when relationships are close. You will learn how to balance your relationship with your horse by allowing your horse to be “who he is” by considering his point of view and at the same time not letting him take over in a pushy manner. You will use healthy flexible boundaries, not written in stone, to create a working bond. Each horse and human is different, each moment is different. The Waterhole Rituals fit with all the different attitudes in the moment and personalities of horses and humans alike.
What we do in the course We do not get into a power struggle at times of resistance. We pause and when the horse is happy, relaxed and feeling the bond, we practice the ritual or rituals that would bring back willingness, attention and respect. When these qualities are present, and the connection with your horse is in harmony, we have an optimistic horse.
In the course you will practice how to keep the partnership at its best until it is natural to you. The speed which you will travel through the process of the rituals, I will set for you. This is why I believe my program works so well moving you forward. I find it to be the secret of my program. Some of you will choose to do just a few of the rituals; others will dive in and experience them all. Wherever you are in your progress, is where you need to be.
Your focus in the course is to learn how to use Waterhole Rituals to develop a working partnership with your horse through your leadership training at liberty.
These are the steps we will be taking in the course:
1st step – is to achieve well-being by Sharing Territory and getting back to your authentic self and personal empowerment through my guidance 2nd step - is forming an inter-species bond to build the connection 3rd step - is to shape your horse’s character and attitude to fit in harmony with you 4th step - is to dance with your horse at Liberty through a magnetic connection in friendship
In this class there will be all levels of abilities, experiences and people supporting people. The approach and guidelines I ask everyone to follow are:
• It is good practice not to suggest anything to a fellow student on how to handle her/his horse unless they ask for your help. • Always look for the good and well-done in a fellow student’s work. • Don’t over focus on where a fellow student should improve because you might miss the magic that is truly happening.
Qualifications To qualify for this course you will need to be able to send your horse away from you at any speed and you will not be “sad” by doing so. This is necessary for me to be able to coach you effectively. If you do not qualify with your horse and would like to qualify and get over feeling guilty about driving your horse away, then I will put a class together for you if we have enough interest. So please write to me on the blog to let me know if you would be interested in this class.
A little tip that might help you to understand why driving a horse away from you is a very good thing to do: It enhances the bond and increases a horse’s well-being and attitude towards life. Driving away is how horses in nature build their partnerships with one another. It is how mares and stallions start their courtship. When you use it in relation to the rituals, a social order, your horse will no longer look at you as a predator. Your horse will see you as a family member and that you want to connect more deeply with him or her.
At first your horse will not be happy with sending him away. However, he will quickly become very happy and grateful. When you can move into this space you will discover a whole new world and a new way to be in it. By teaching your horse to move away from you, any time you ask, will cause your horse to respond to aids as light as a fly’s touch in all aspects of his training and riding. Taking this time with your horse, on this point, will remove most all resistance towards your leadership. The trick is not to be punitive with a closed heart. You send away to create a deeper connection. Horses are quick to read your emotions and energy. What people have is a tendency to interact with a horse from their own needs. How to reach a horse is by connecting with them through their own social system. The Waterhole Rituals is the social system of horses that works like magic for horses and humans.
My style of coaching My style of coaching is to guide you to your next step and point out what I like and how to build on that. It is the same way I approach a horse in training. My main focus is to keep you inspired, motivated and in charge of your program. Horses and humans alike have no fault insurance in my class. Working with your horse, you offer leadership in the moment of the bond. You will need to have courage to break the connection in order to deepen the connection, in certain cases. Ask for space from your horse any time you feel it could enhance their willingness and respect for you or if you need space for any reason. Your horse has that same right. With dogs we can gain respect and willingness by ignoring unpleasant behavior. With horses we do it by moving away from a horse or asking him to move away from us.
All animals have a code of conduct and what I am discovering is that the horses’ ways are working for many species. How I think this is happening is that it develops in the human an ability to connect with most anything. Then we learn how to create order and leadership by nurturing the relationship. From the rituals you develop a deep empathy and gratitude to accept what you have and from this acceptance you have the ability to create something out of what you have.
What you will learn You will learn when to pause, when to lead, when to follow, when to support and when to direct. You will also learn when to break the connection to deepen the connection and when to change the subject in order to keep the friendship in harmony. Using the Waterhole Rituals as a guidepost is a universal way to communicate with family and friends. What you learn will translate into your daily lives. With this, now you have the tools you need to not let others take advantage of you. These tools will help you to develop strong loyalties and deeper friendships. You will learn how to build connections with others by learning to really listen; when to relate and when to pause and how to treat others to win their support. You will be more interested in bringing well-being to others from this practice.
If you take the Insiders Circle class, I custom design your lessons just for you and your horse on the conference call. I also coach you, on the conference call, on any videos you send me. You will have a library of videos to guide you that will be added to your lessons every two weeks. The Extended Circle and Insiders Circle students will get to see all the videos of all the students. In the past not all Insider Circle students sent in videos. However, we hope to raise this number. The office staff is available to help you if you need some technical support. It is all very exciting and a step-by-step program that will not leave you behind. Everyone can reach me in the classroom to report progress.
What Extended Circle participants will not receive is the personalized coaching by me on the conference calls. You pick your program from watching the Insiders Circle student videos and listening to the MP3 files and choosing to follow an Insiders Circle student’s personalized program, which you feel would most fit you and your horses needs.
If you are brand new to my method, I generally suggest that you start in the Extended Circle in order to acquaint yourself with my method. Then you could choose to take the Insiders Circle. After you have done both of these online classes you could take the Beyond the Waterhole Rituals Clinic here at my ranch with my horses. You may also bring your horse to one of my clinics, if you wish. You will make forever friends during these courses. I also do 3 and 5 day private courses at my ranch.
Staying in Touch and Making More Friends I have a website where all the alumni stay in touch. At this site you can continue to get to know each other and share your experiences with horses. We have had horse trainers, other people with other methods, health and nutrition experts, healers, veterinarians, animal communicators and anything else you can imagine in the classes. There is allot of exchange and support from the expertise that is offered between students. If you are not in any of these fields and you are just looking for a better relationship with your horse, you will be sure to form friendships easily. I would also like to add that I often find that my students have a lot in common with one another. They are using the horse as their guide along with trial and error. No one is arrogant, they are all looking to connect, and all are horse lovers.
Please join us in an adventure with your horse that will last a lifetime.
Watch out for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you. Warmly, Carolyn
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