Rollkur No More: Uberstreichen Exercises Beginning Theory Lesson 1

Second Annual Free Course, Winter 2011
Introduction to the Course
Today is the first day of my free Uberstreichen Exercises course for the winter! For those of you who are new to this class, I want to send out a warm welcome! For those of you who took my class last winter, welcome back! The schedule for the course and the blog will be the following: Tuesday’s blog will be the Uberstreichen course, and Thursday’s posting will be a regular blog. Now, let’s get started!

A Quick Note: I want to gently remind everyone that since these exercises are my own creation and intellectual property, I own the rights to them exclusively. This class is for you to learn and benefit personally from these exercises on my site only, no permission is given to copy or reproduce this material for any reason.

A Brief History and Purpose of the Uberstreichen Exercises
“Uberstreichen” or more correctly, “überstreichen,” and how I am using it, comes from a term in dressage that means to release the rein or reins to check if a horse is truly in self-carriage. This is how I know of it. My exercises were named by a dressage rider, competitor, and friend of mine, Libby Ouellette. The Uberstreichen Exercises train the horse to step into self-carriage from the releasing of the half- halt rein or reins or from your back relaxing if you are not using reins. The purpose of the exercises are to enhance the forward expression of the horse’s gaits. They improve collected and extended gaits by giving the horse the ability to perform with ease through a relaxed, raised back of the horse. They support the horse’s way of going by removing locked muscles while simultaneously schooling the horse to respond correctly to rein and leg aids.

What the Uberstreichen Exercises Are:
The eight Uberstreichen Exercises are slow motion requests of the half-halt from the ground with no bit and a regular flat halter and lead rope. The half-halt is simply asking a horse to halt, and in the moment he will halt- and you feel he is going to, you ask him to move on. The purpose of the half-halt is to signal and prepare the horse to be able to perform a new movement when asked: like stop, change of direction, preparing for lateral movements, or change of gate or frame. The exercises cover the different ways we want the horse to respond to the half-halt. The UE’s will prepare a horse to perform upward and downward transitions of gate, to increase the engagement in the same gait and/or to re-establish self-carriage or a change of frame.
The good news is that you do not need to know all of this for them to work for you.

  • The secret to a well-performed half- halt is to have a sophisticated gas pedal and brake that work in relationship to the suppling and directional aids. The UE’s will develop this sophistication for you effortlessly.
  • It is all very technical, but does not need to be understood and can be used easily by anyone who has a basic good relationship with their horse because you have me to guide you.

What the Uberstreichen Exercises Will Do for You and Your Horse:
They will improve your riding aids immensely. They will also help in developing a well-balanced mental attitude of your horse. For you- they will create more respect and a closer personal bond with your horse, plus- your horsemanship skills and feel will greatly increase from their practice. I do these exercises to improve my communication skills even today and my skills are always improving after all these years. It will help your core energy, frame, and body language in concert with the horse. You will also develop patience and how to relax in, from, and for the training process.

A Note On the Release and Floating Hold
A good thing for a rider to remember is that a half-halt is not completed until you release the contact and the horse will step into self-carriage from the releasing of the rein. This is what creates elastic gaits. The Uberstreichen Exercises help a horse to step into self-carriage when the rein is released. This is important because if the rein is released, the horse can then perform freely and elegantly.

How I Use the Uberstreichen Exercises
I use the Uberstreichen Exercises on all horses, from beginner to finished schoolmaster. They have three uses. 1. I use them for schooling. 2. After the horse can perform them easily, I use them as warm-up exercises before riding. 3. I can also use them as a test to find the horse’s response to the rider’s aids, and then make the proper adjustment before riding so that my connection under saddle is at its best. But the underlining gift is that your horse will become happy, up lifted, responsive, and will look forward to training.
Once the horse has learned the Uberstreichen Exercises, my first ride is light and forward, and the horse is much more in balance than one started without this technique.

Additional Benefits of the Uberstreichen Exercises
I also use them to evaluate horses for clients. How a horse responds lets me know the skill level and how he will perform under saddle and what needs to be developed in his training for a better performance. With an untrained horse, they give me an understanding of the horse’s athletic ability, personality, and trainability. If I am going to ride a strange horse, I use them to evaluate the direction of my warm-up exercises under saddle.
Lessons will continue next Tuesday!

Homework for this week:
Please check in today in the comments section so we have an enrollment list. Just write: “I am enrolling in the free class.” In addition, please put whether you have taken the class before or not. If you like, leave a brief history and your interest in the Uberstreichens. In the future, please continue to check in so that I can see who is present and participating in the class. This way I can give you personal guidance. I will not be able to answer everyone’s questions who are enrolled, but your question will help me in knowing how to best serve the class.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you!
Carolyn

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Jocelyne Legault - last week Reply

I am enrolling in the free class, I have a 15 year old appaloosa who has a lot of problems on his stops and collection, hoping this will help

Rebecca - a few months ago Reply

Hi there Carolyn, I’m doing the Chair Challenge at the moment and would love to develop UE skills especially for our 21 year old pony who is very compliant but not very joyful. I’d love to bring more joy to her life!

ElizabethOwen - 6 months ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I have a 7 yo half tb and half andslusian and 4 yo half american saddle breed with arab znd andalusian. I did the outsiders group with you Carolyn and found it gave me a great basic knowledge and experience. I continue training my horses and this class looks perfect for me and them at this time. Thanking you for your knowledge and wonderful training opportunity. With love, Elizabeth Owen

Kim Nelson - 8 months ago Reply

Hi Dear Carolyn, I have not enrolled in the US classes before. I have been in the extended circle course and the chair challenge and have all your tapes and books. I hope to meet you someday and will somehow arrange it when my husband and I and three horses and four dogs complete our goal in Costa Rica. I love what you have taught me and I teach so many by my horses conduct and my enthusiasm about my deep connection to them!!! Thanks to you and your lovely team ! Excited about this next US adventure. I know our Creator in heaven Jehovah must adore you for your love of the horse! Xoxo Kim

Tamara Blits - 5 years ago Reply

Thanks for all your your good advice. I have been reading all the lessons, I have time for. My horse is so much more understanding. I will keep following you. I do appreciate all you do for so many.

Debra Turi - 5 years ago Reply

I know I’m late but have printed the first 4 lessons to take w/me to the barn. I would like to participate. I have never taken the class before. Read your book, bought the WHR, Pandora’s Journey, reading your blogs. I’m assuming that to participate I just watch for the emails every Tuesday and check in every week.

I think these exercises will give Skipper the exercise he is in desparate need for along w/bringing our relationship closer I hope.

I’m doing ST from now on and never sending in circles in the round pen again. Did that and our bond is broken! I was worried he was not getting any exercise with me just sitting w/him, since I never see him moving much, except for grazing. He’s 17ish, slow moving, FOOD ORIENTED TO THE EXTREME, dominant, but ohhhhh sooooooooo sweet also!

Debbie Turi

Brenda Adams - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I was out sick this particular day & just ran across Lorna’s question today, the 16th. That is a question I have as well, exept that that I only have 2 horses, the younger of the 2, my 4 yr. old gelding Chaska, being the one who needs most training. His pasture mate, our other horse, Star, is going on 10 yrs. old & is very well trained & gentle, so is not a problem when I am working with Chaska & I do want to bond with both of them, as we have not owned Star very long yet – around 6 mos. & have she has been used to us being around her for a couple of years. (we purchased her from a family who were boarding where we are).

Your answer to this question would be of great help.

Thanks so much for all you share!
Brenda

Kate Eden - 6 years ago Reply

Sorry Carolyn forgot to write “I am enrolling in the free class.” And I haven’t taken any of your courses before…although have the audio book of Naked Liberty (love the cover and of course the book!!! : ) My brief history is that I have love horses forever (well my forever) I live in Australia, and have always admired and envied the people who have had that special connection with horses….I have befriended a number of horses through out my life…probably had more natural connection with them as a child…..now as an adult I had the oportunity to own my own horse/s…and went on the search /journey of natural horsemanship ie: Parelli…I’ve had a lot of success with this method but found that I was still searching for more…didn’t quite have what I felt or rather my gut feeling that I needed to keep searching for that something else (couldn’t really put it into words…was just a feeling).. I did a few courses with Mel Fleming in Australia, which was more enline with looking at the horse as a whole and getting the connection -mind, emotion and body…through this and speaking and searching more I watched “The Path of The Horse”…and thats when I started learning about your method….

My own herd is Trinity 6 yo OTT TB, Danzer 11 yo Arabian, Annie 8 yo STB ex-pacer and Ellie 6yo bowed legged TB

Kate Eden - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn

I am signing in real late…I’ve just recently moved and have not had access to the internet…except when I could get to the local internet cafe. But I’m all settled in now and have daily access to the net….just wondering if I can still participate

Thanks for your time
Kate Eden

Candle Hill - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Please allow me to enroll in this course now, four weeks late. I won’t bore you with explanations; suffice it to say, I am glad to join the course in progress and will catch up rapidly. Since I took the course last year, my horses and I are no strangers to the benefits of the UEs. I look forward to refining my understanding of and ability to do these wonderful exercises with my horses.

Sheri - 6 years ago Reply

I am signing up late. I may not be able to do the exercises until it is warmer, but want to begin learning. I have a 13 year old Paso Fino. We have a good relationship, but he is still a nervous horse. I want to learn more and have a closer relationship with him. Thank you.

Susan (in a box) - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class (and catching up!) Very excited that you are offering this again as I missed it last time around.

Máire Kennedy - 6 years ago Reply

I am a bit behind here, Carolyn, but am enrolling in your free class. We did them last winter, Ben and I, and – we are both such slow learners! But they brought up lots of small resistances which were so interesting and such fun to work with. They showed me the value of tiny, baby steps and just how rich one simple exercise can be. With spring coming, rides in nature calling, these classes are very timely.

Many thanks,

Máire and Ben

Rebecca Harris - 6 years ago Reply

Hi

I am enrolling in the free class.

I live in Devon UK with 5 horses ages from 9 month to 16 years and I want to learn whatever there is avalible to make my relationship with my horses better and our communication clearer and thier lives happy.

Thank you for sharing you knowledge in this way

Rebecca

karin Piels-Hesselmans - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class.

Lisa Teniswood - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

late enrollment and doing some catch up work..

my horse, Nelly, asked me to say thank you to you 🙂

Patricia Kolman - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn, I am enrolling in your UE class. My gelding is 9 years old. Thank you for offering this class.

Michelle Twohig - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I’m enrolling in your Uberstreichen course again at this time because my horse, Dodger, and I are simultaneously working on collection and rounding under saddle. Last year when I followed your course, we were not yet at that point under saddle. Since we are now, I thought it would be great to follow your exercises again.

He’s already very comfortable and willing to relax into the halter and let me direct the motion of his head. That was fun to see!

Sabina - 6 years ago Reply

Hello,

As I am free of work today studying for an exam in a medical course naturopathy for horses…. I did not have time to read all your mail properly. So today I started learning but I got distracted and very curious by all the mail you send that I still had not read for two weeks! So I started reading them to catch up. To my surprise you posted some great exercises that I am eager to try out as soon as the weather will allow it. The uberstreichen exercise will be a good one for me and my horse as I am doing a lot of dressagework from the ground. Now I am trying to get her to trot by hand but I am feeling the pressure of her in my hand rising when starting so this exercise must have a good effect on her to get more into self carriage. As soon as I will begin again with training I will do this exercise and offcourse all the others (the meditation is also a good one). Thank you for sharing and if I start training again I will keep you posted what effects it will have. For now I will stay tuned in and absorb all the knowledge.

Regards Sabina

Corrine - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I’m enrolling in the free class – a little late.

I think these exercises will really help my horses and I!

Irmgard Lipp - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn, I have 2 horses and we live on the east coast, Canada. I am a newbie to your ueberstreichen program, but had a bit of an intro, when I first found your site last spring, but then it was well underway. I also participated in your “In the Box” program. Unfortunately, I am always time strapped and find it very difficult to participate as much as I want to.
Anyway, I am looking forward to the program this year. Thanks for offering it again.
Irmgard

Sam - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in this class, I read the posts last winter but did not try them out on my horse. I am keen to really do it this time.

Sue Kemp - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I have not participated in the class before and am looking forward to it very much. I have been doing the Waterhole Rituals with my 15 yr old TB x Connemara gelding for 2 months and the change in our relationship is amazing , so much more connected and meaningful to us both. I am hoping that the Uberstreichens will help him to be more relaxed and released to work in natural collection in a pleasurable way. Thank you so much Carolyn for all your help.

Carina Lindgren - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class and are also new to this

Mary Pepper - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I am enrolling in your class. Thanks for sharing. Mary

Rebecca Jones - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in your class. Bending is a major obstacle for my horse whose long back has condemned him in my trainers eyes as being less than able for self carriage and bending. I believe he can do it because he is magnificent at liberty with me. I think I’d like to try these exercises while I am pregnant.

Michelle - 6 years ago Reply

Hi – I am enrolling in the free class, completely new to your methods

Thanks
Mich

Jill - 6 years ago Reply

I would like to enroll in the class. My 20-yr old Arab was a wonderful pleasure horse for me when I got back into riding six years ago and then a great dressage horse as I increased my skills over the last 3 years but this year his knee has given out and (after various treatments) I have decided that liberty training is going to be our new learning journey together. I rescued a 5yr broodmare who I will get back to dressage and jumping on once she has this baby. So all teaching/learning is welcome!

Lynne Rayne - 6 years ago Reply

Looking over your method and it will help with our horses.

Toni Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Thank you for such a nice explaination of the UE. I will be enrolling in the free class. I took the UE course last winter, and it helped my mustang Lyle, (amd myself) a great deal.

Thank You,
Toni

Vickie - 6 years ago Reply

I would like to enroll in the class. I am a complete newbie. I have a OTTB that I inherited for my daughter. He is 7, athletic and full of energy and since I haven’t ridden regularily for many years I decided to work on the ground first. Have started natural horsemanship and discovered your blog. Interested in learning and improving my communication with my horse.

StephanieMorse - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class

Cheryl Snowden - 6 years ago Reply

I would like to enroll in the on-line course. I found your blog a few months ago and have been reading ever since. I recently listened (and relistened) to the recording of your uberstreichen call last year and am delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this class.

Cheryl

Carol Lewis - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. This is my first time. I read your book “Naked Liberty,” last winter and found it intriguing.
I have been studying Parelli Natural Horsemanship for some time. A friend of mine sent me a link to your site and blog.
I just joined GiddyUp Flix and have watched the “Waterhole Ritual DVD” 2x and am now watching Padero’s Journey…
I have been doing the “Loopty-Loo” exercise with my horse. Your work seems to include an ethereal quality that I really like, and the Rituals bring a new depth and understanding to my current knowledge and experience. I am interested in learning more!!!!
Because I am so isolated, in the mountains of West Virginia, I am often a distance learner. So your blog is much appreciated!!!!
Thank you, I look forward to more!!!!

Carol Lewis, Alderson, WV

Debbie Antolak - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, I would like to enroll in this class again. I did it last year with my Palomino but this year I want to concentrate on my 6 yr old Appaloosa, Joker.
I am working toward intro dressage tests, and just beginning this journey, so I am looking forward to trying these exercises with Joker.
Thank you so much for offering these classes again:)

Nicole - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolled in this class for the winter., and I have not taken it before.

Hi Carolyn, and everyone else who is reading this. I am very interested in learning abut the EUs because I think a natural way of connecting and build friendship with horses is the most beautiful thing in the world. I am in my late teens and without the money to buy a course from you, Carolyn, I will certainly soak up every bit of free knowledge I can.

I have had horses in the past, but only recently have I discovered the joy of natural horsemanship, as it is known by, though I only think of it as a peaceful and harmonious way of working with horses. I am buying a new horse, simply because I so much enjoy their friendship and I’ve found myself depressed without it. Hence why I currently don’t have the money to buy the course, I am spending it on getting a horse.
I’m eagerly looking forward to the next lesson!

Vicki Kerr - 6 years ago Reply

would like to join the class. very much enjoy….Vicki

virginia (in the box) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi, Carolyn, I forgot to add that I am enrolling in the class. I followed your class last year, but Snowy had had neck and back problems at that time so I did not want to perform the exercises until he had had the shockwave treatments for his arthritis in the neck.

I was really interested in the exercises because they really do seem to set the horse up to understand what is being asked of him as well as elicit happy cooperation. Snowy has some dressage background so it will be interesting to see how he takes to this in liberty.
Thanks,
Virginia

Sharon Ebersold - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn !

I would like to enroll in your UE class. I have been following your blog, reading your book, and enjoying it all! Thank you so much for offering this to us all!

Sincerely,
Sharon

Silje - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class! I followed the class last winter as well, but then I didn’t have a horse to train with. Now I have 2 three-year-olds that I’m curious to try the UE’s with:)
Thank you for this free class Carolyn, it is very appreciated!

shelley dunkin insiders circle - 6 years ago Reply

carolyn, i am enrolling in the free class and i was in last years class. thanks for the oppurtunity!

Marilyn (In a Box) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I am enrolling in the free class. Last winter I took this class and was able to do some of the exercises with someone else’s horse, as my young mare was not quite ready. This winter, I am really looking forward to learning and teaching my mare your Uberstreichen exercises! Thanks again!

Kath - 6 years ago Reply

I am in enrolling in the free class. Tica, my young QH mare and I will be starting with the first class in Tuesday and are really looking forward to it. She is only 2 years and 3 months old and unbacked but she and I enjoy sharing territory and companion walking. I have been inspired by “Naked Liberty” and this website. I started trying the UE exercises last year with my older mare, but she has developed health problems, so didn’t get past the first step.

Kathy Sparling - 6 years ago Reply

Hello, Carolyn,

I would like to enroll in the uberstreichen class. I’m looking forward to using your exercises to help my horses with their movement. Thank you!!

virginia (in the box) - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Great to see that the Uberstreichen exercises are back again.

Patricia (Pat) Pellegrini - 6 years ago Reply

Hi,

Just heard about this class and would like to enroll if it is possible.

I purchased a horse last spring after not having one for over 40 years. Our retirement allowed the possiblility of returning to an old love….just needed to do it. A lot has changed. There are all kinds of trainers and methods out there, but I seem to be attracted to those who teach how to develop a relationship of mutual understanding and trust through body language. It seem natural to me. Weird as it may sound, I also recognize having a horse is a learning process needed for my spiritual journey. It’s been daunting and wonderful at the same time.

I am soaking up as much as I can so this class sounds great. Hope I can jump in.

Thanks,

Pat Pellegrini

Ronda Hanning - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I have not taken it before.

Tracy Litle - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I am catching up having been 3 wks off line. I followed your UE classes last year while learning to use the WR and look forward to doing them with my horses this year. Thank you for offering the class again. I am excited to have the oppurtunity.

horsefever - 6 years ago Reply

HI Carolyn, I am enrolling in the free class. I have been following your blog for the last 2-3 years and am completely amazed with the change in my horses. I have also been practicing the U.E. but only the first 4-5. My TB had a problem with the first one (couldn’t stand me holding his head) but now he loves it since I made a game out of it at first. He knew after awhile that I wasn’t going to restrict him in any way.
Thanks for all your advice. You are such an inspiration to everyone who believes that building a relationship with our horse is the way. Thank-you.

Deannie Lunyk - 6 years ago Reply

this will be my first time in the course. I am a mobility challenged social worker who runs a therapeutic riding ranch.

Jackie Bowyer - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

I would like to enroll in the free class. I am 53, a first timer to the class, and a new comer to your blog. I still need to get your books and DVD’s.
I have 4 Friesians ranging from the ages of 21 months to 15 years old. The oldest is my broodmare, Minnie; next is my riding partner, a 12 yr old gelding named Armani; and the other 2 are Minnie’s daughters – 4 yr old Zada & 2 yr old Delphi.
Hopefully the classes I take now will still make sense to me when I get a chance to practice in the warmer weather. My horses get the winter “off” since we’re belly deep in snow here in the Midwest and I do not have an indoor ring. We just do a lot of hanging out together in the winter.
Thank you for offering these exercises.

Jackie

Judith Starr - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in too.
I have a 7-year-old Pinto gelding and am curious about trying out your exercises.

Chloe Elliston - 6 years ago Reply

I’d very much like to enrol in your UE class, but I’m not sure how to go about it?

Thanks!

Deidre Sharp - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class – thoroughly enjoyed last year’s and it was a tremdous help for several of the horses here at Horse Play equine rescue & sanctuary – thank-you so much!

Loriann Pye - 6 years ago Reply

Good morning Carolyn,
I am enrolling in the free UE class, which I have not taken before.
I just wanted to give you a hearty “thank you” for all the time and energy that you put forth into your blog, DVD’s and books. My husband and I would not have the wonderful relationships that we have today with our herd if it wasn’t for you!

LornaPerret - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I am enrolling in the free class. I have been following your blogs, watching your DVDs and reading your books. BUT I have not begun doing either the water hole rituals or the uberstreichens. I was hoping to enrol in your April(?) in box class. I thought this might be the best way forward for me and my little mare.
It seems to me that the water hole rituals should come before the uberstreichens? Also do you think I should just begin on my own before the April class?
Best Wishes
Lorna

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Lorna,
    I will soon be giving you information that will let you know if you should start with the UEs.
    If you like and feel you understand the Waterhole Rituals an their purpose go ahead and start them. Spend as much time Sharing Territory doing nothing as you do with all the other exercises combined.

      LornaPerret - 6 years ago Reply

      Dear Carolyn,
      When I share territory do I have be alone with my mare or can I sit in the field with my other two horses milling around. And if it is ok to sit in the field how do the horses know which one I am sharing territory with?
      Thanks
      Lorna

Julie - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class

I am a classical dressage rider with a natural background and am interested

Julie - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class

I am a classical dressage riding with a natural horsemanship background and am interested

Monica Tomkins (inner circle) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I am signing in again for your class this year. Having been with you and being shown the exercises, I have used them with my own youngsters and have used the intent of them within my work. I am very pleased that you are offering this session again, as I am finding that each time that I join in I learn more and more. I personally find these exercises give me a ‘special’ feel to my connection with the horse and I have a pony here that is ready for me to start using them.

Thank you, I am looking forward to it.

Monica x

Carol Stinner - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I would like to enroll in the UE class. I am so excited about it and will be following it with an 18 year old mare who has a difficult time relaxing and my new “baby”, 3 yr old Hanoverian who I have only owned a few weeks!
Sincerely,
Carol

amanda savill - 6 years ago Reply

Hi carolyn

I’m enrolling in the UE classes.

thank you very much for offering them.

I’m very happy to be doing them with you. I have looked at some of them on your blog. I thinkdoing them real time with you will make a lot of difference to my understanding.

I’m about to celebrate my first year with my first horse, a 13 yr Andulsian cross, Zeph (Zephyrus). He’s beautiful. He’s a combination of very soft and very strong and that seems to play out most in his head and neck. I recently understood very clearly that his feet will follow the direction of his head – sounds so obvious but it was an aha moment for me. And it made me realise we need to have lots of mutual understanding in relation to his head for anything much else to happen. He has not wanted me to touch his head until recently, nor the top of his neck. I feel the UE will help us.

Best wishes
amanda savill

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Amanda,
    This is so true. I like to say where the nose goes there goes the horse.
    Make a connection with the nose in friendship, respct and interactions you bring about the true connection.
    Were the eyes look there is where the horse will go. If he will look at me he will want to be with me.
    Were the ears turn is the wind into his mind.
    If we give our horses our full attention when we are with him we learn these thing with out having to consider them at all,
    all this knowledge just happens naturally.
    What you have learned is going to pay off you in a big way. Thank you for sharing this insight.
    Welcome,
    Carolyn

catherine lewis - 6 years ago Reply

I’m enrolling in the free ue class. This is my first time.

Amanda - 6 years ago Reply

I would like to enroll in the free class. I am new to your method and I have just ordered your book and DVD on the Water Hole Rituals. I am really looking forward to working with my 5 year old mare. I am looking for a natural way to strengthen my bond with her.

Sue McKibbin (In A Box) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn
this is perfect timing for me, I started the uberstreichen exercises with last year’s course, but decided to concentrate on the Waterhole Rituals first and then add the UE later, which is now! Thank you Regards Sue

Brett Prichard - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
My partner and I would like to enroll for you class. We have just bought your book NL and also your dvd The Introduction to the Waterhole Rituals and have found both very interesting. My partner has been a member of your blog for a year or so and has been interested in your method for some time.
We have a 4 year old Welsh Section C mare and an Arabian gelding.
Many thanks.
Brett.

Brett Prichard - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Having just purchased your book NL and the Introduction to the Waterhole Rituals DVD, we are very interested in your method.
My partner and I would like to enroll on your course.
We have a 4 year old Welsh Section C mare and a young Arabian gelding.
Thank you for offering this.
Brett.

linda - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in your Uberstreichen Exercise class for the first time with the anticipation of learning to be a better horsewoman for my horse and myself. I have been following your blog and devouring every word you and the commentators say about everything. I also watch your 7 Waterhole Rituals DVD at least once a week and practice them with my 19 year old racking horse mare. Thank you for the gracious invitation to share in your knowledge.

hannelies - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I would like to enroll in the free class.
I would love to start doing this with my paint mare, 20, Star.
On the other hand, I would like to start UE with Star’s daughter, Nikkidy, 2,5 as well. Nikkidy is a ‘bit’ clumsy and has had several severe accidents…do you think it is a good idea to do this with her or should I do other exercises. She is very curious and loves to be with me, to follow me and then all of a sudden doing her own ideas and take off, with or without a leadrope…
She is fun doing the Waterhole Rituals with….
Thank you for sharing so much with us.
Hannelies Bongaerts
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ritambhara Tyson - 6 years ago Reply

I’m signing up again, I feel I have a bit more understanding by seeing Stina’s and other student’s videos, they are really helpful. I’m looking forward to the classes with my 5 year old icelandic, Sonny.

DeborahUhrik - 6 years ago Reply

I would like very much to join your class! Thank you for this great chance to learn more ways to get in sinc with my 3 year old mares. Debby

Shelby Hume - 6 years ago Reply

Very interested in free class. I have been a student of dressage and Natural Horsemanship. Just recently heard about you and I am watching water hole rituals, Panadero’s journey and waiting on my Naked Liberty CD. Looking forward to learning more.

leena kutti - 6 years ago Reply

Caroline, I am enrolling in the free class. Thank you for the opportunity. It is good to get back online, i was starting the insider program over a year ago when family illness interrupted my life, hope to do more with my horses in 2011. Thank you for all you do for the horses, ROLLKEUR NO MORE!

Dyann Johnson, Insider Circle - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

I’d like to sign up for the Uberstreichen class. I did the first couple of exercises last year, and some at the December clinic. Looking forward to learning more!

Regards,
Dyann

Regina Walter (Insider Circle 2010) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn
I am enrolling in the class for the second time. My 4 year old, now almost 5 is more settled and I know will benefit more this time around. Thank you for offering it again!

Regina

Monique Ros - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in

lots of love

Monique

Suzanne Martin - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
Please add me to the class. I participated in the first “In the Box” program last year and followed the UE class and enjoyed it very much, but I need a refresher UE class. Thank you

Gabrielle Hudson - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I know it’s a little late but just letting you know that am enrolling 🙂 I am Stina’s working student and we are following your classes together.

Thank you for the oppertunity you are giving all of us, horses and people, with your free classes!

Kind Regards,
Gabrielle

kathryn barrett - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the UE class. Thank you so much. I followed it last year with one horse and will practice it with two this winter.

Wishing you well

Kathryn

Kerry Wright - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

I am enrolling in the free class.

I’ve been following your blog since my new horse and I met over a year ago. I missed the enrolment for the In a Box and Insider Circle Programmes and am keenly awaiting the next round!

I did catch some of the uberstreichen last year but wasn’t able to follow them all (due to my lack of knowledge rather than anything else I think!) but I’m keen to start from the beginning and do what I can.

Best wishes & thank you for kindly offering these lessons for free!

Kerry

tine laperre - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn
I am enrolling in the free class.
I followed the insider circle programm 2 years ago. I practise the UE exercices every day. One of the horses has back problems and can’t be ridden anymore. I do the UE together with oter exercices and his back has no more hot spots and he becomes more and more flexible and above all: happy!
Thanks for all the good advices and ideas!
tine

Laura - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I would like to enroll in this class. I am 58 and have a very lovely, 4 year old P.R.E. stallion. He’s been “under saddle” for about 8 months. I am looking forward to learning these Uberstreichen Exercises and to increasing our current bond…and to give him some new things to learn.

Thank you! 🙂

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Laura,
    When you sign in again please leave your last name so you can be counted. It will help us in the office and we can have a better connection.
    Welcome aboard.

Val Secor - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
I’ve been following your blog for some time now and have “played around” with your different exercises with Eve, an OTTB. I’ve had Eve for 10 years now. We got her as a 5 yr. old directly from her training barn. I now realize that we have ended up rescuing a very abused animal. For her, the track was sheer torture and as a result she would mentally escape her surroundings and leave in order to protect herself.
Since I began using your exercises from time to time, I’ve noticed that she and I are beginning to deepen our bond with one another. Now, she will actually move into the gate area of her pasture to greet me when I come to the barn, having left her herd mates. Too Cool!!!!!!!!! (Granted, this doesn’t happen every time.)
I just wanted to let you know that I too, will be joining in on your free UE course this year. Looking forward to seeing how far Eve and I can progress when we implement your class on a more regular basis.

Valerie

Willow - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I have been following your blog for some time and have been using the WHRs on my horse, but I have never logged on, nor have I tried any of your other classes as yet. I would love to be included in your UE class. Thank you so much for this opportunity. Willow

Katja Behrens - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn. I am enrolling for the free UE Exercises. Thank you very much. I feel this year they will be even more helpful for me because the relationship with my horse has grown already so much. The UE helped Saracen to be much more relaxed getting started in the school and to enjoy time playing … and getting treats:).

Tammy - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I would like to enroll in your free class

My participation would likely be to read along through the class material fully- for the first time, whether Annie and Lilly choose to explore the ideas or participate is not my driving intention.
Your blog calls me back to it; though I have not read all the way through, I’ve been participating occasionally until the time I comes when I can just immerse myself fully under your guidance. I would like to do this to find out where I am and work to refine from there. Ubersteichen exercises might be a good “contained” place to start. I hope theoretical participation is okay.

kind regards
Tammy

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Tammy,
    Yes, just reading and getting a feel is a great way to get started. If I were in your shoes I post likely take this class with the same intentions.
    Welcome aboard.
    By nature I have too qualities regarding this subject and that is to do little and keeping the unity and connection going forward. I really work alot with waiting of evolution to give me a reason for me to move ahead in the training of the horse and myself.

priv_ljtindal - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I would like to enrol in this years UE class. I did the class last year as well as the WRIC courses in 2009 and 2010. Looking forwards to more big changes.

Thank you for offering this again.

Christine Schetter - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I am enrolling in the uberstreichen class for the first time. I have read last year’s blogs on it an experimented around with our horses. It amazed me how different each horse responded to the exercise. The most head-shy horse loves it and our little welsh pony cannot cope with it. So looking forward to participating in this class and learning more.

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Christine,
    We need to put more steps to do to help your pony to advance the the program. I will try to do this of the whole class this year.

      Laurinda Reinhart - 6 years ago Reply

      I am very interested in your extra steps for a pony.
      thank you.
      Laurinda Reinhart

Danzarino's Mum - 6 years ago Reply

Hi,

I am enrolling in the free class and haven’t take part in any before.

My interest is due to being iron free. Shoeless and bitless and a real tree, for the tree in my saddle, obviously not a whole one! 🙂

I’m also studying equine massage, so all these kind of things are of great interest to me.

Also, I’ve not been able to ride due to a back problem, so my boy hasn’t been exercised or schooled much. As even walking has been painful for me.

So, we need all the help we can get to get us both fit to hopefully take part in a rather long ride, 101km in May this year 🙂

Elodie Belz - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I’m enrolling in the free class for the first time. I have just started the Waterhole Rituals with a 7 years old Noriker gelding. We both have a lot to learn! For the moment, I am focusing on developping the bond with him. So I think we will need the UE when we will be advanced and close enough to be able to try them. In the meanwhile, I am very interested to learn as much as I can about them, to be ready when I will have the feeling that the time has come to use them!

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge,
Elodie

pnaake - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn, I am enrolling in the EU class for the second time and very much looking forward to it. Thank you very much for offering it again.
Peta Naake

Jill Odgers - 6 years ago Reply

Thankyou Carolyn for this offer. My horse and I would love to enrol in your free course. I look forward to getting started

Ashley Gully - 6 years ago Reply

hello, i’m enrolling in your free class.

Ashley Gully - 6 years ago Reply

i am interested in your free online class.

i have purchased my first horse in the early fall, and she was suffering from starvation and thrush disease. she’s fattining up well and the thrush is nearly over with, and she’s sound footed.

my biggest frustration is the training. it would be so helpfull if i knew her past (shes about 12). i want to have a relationship that’s the same on and off the halter, and to help her be willing to listen when halterless.

shes extremly smart, i’ve already taught her words like bow, halt, walk and foot. she knows not to get in my space when i’m leading but to follow behind, but its her willingness off halter i’m frusterated with. she perfers to be in the 10 acre pen with the other two horses, but when i work with her she’s also calm and relaxed.

when i try to work with her in the pen without the halter she doesnt listen. she knows to stand still when i’m there, but when i ask her to disengage her hindquarters like i do on line, she just walks away off line. she never follows unless on line, and even then sometimes is distracted and wants back with the others.

i’m spending as much time with her as i can, but it doesnt seem to help.

Ulla - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
this is the first time I participate in your on line class. thank you so much for sharing. I am regularly reading and enjoying your posts.

DebMccusker - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Thankyou for offering this class again. I would like to enroll please.
I live in Kodiak, Alaska and I have been following your blog for about one year now. I also took the “in a box”2010 course.
Your method has helped me tremendously with my 3 yr old Andalusian cross and I believe we are ready for the uberstreichen exercises now.

Kind Regards,
Deborah

Barbara Janesick - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

I’m enrolling in the free class. I had the class before, and enjoyed it very much, but I need a refresher UE class, and have some questions regarding the exercises. Thank you Carolyn, for helping us have better relationships with our horses.

Barbara

Pat Lawrie - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling for the second time in the UE classes you are once again generously offering. I also attended the Inner Circle last spring (Pat in Mexico). I just finally completed my new and improved training area and am looking forward to beginning again with a new and improved focus.

Thank you Carolyn.

Lynne Sheppard - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I am enrolling in your new class….it will be my first time.

Really looking forward to it!!!

Hannah Rivard - 6 years ago Reply

Hello!

I am taking part in this class, and I essentially “audited” it last time, not having the ability at the time to participate fully, not having a car to see my horse. Hopefully I can do it fully this time!

Thank you,
Hannah

Beth Schang - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling your free Uberstreichen Exercises classes, and am grateful for your continued generosity. Cookie and I participated in last year’s free classes, as well as taking your WRIC course – both wonderful experiences !

Jan Laware - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn

Hi I was “In the Box” last year and also participated in the ueberstreichen class last year. I am back for more. Isn’t it great to see how your education is spreading?

Looking forward to the class.

NANNY - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in this free UE class for the first time. Thank you for helping all of us, both humans and equines, and for your generosity & skills!

Moyna Smeaton - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
yes please, I’d like to join the class. I’m sure the UEs will be very helpful with my 2 teenage (3yo) Gypsy Cobs, help them learn to focus & concentrate, me too!
Thank you,
Moyna

Bev Boynton - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
I have been a fan of your blog for quite awhile, so I am excited to be able to be a part of the new UE class.
Thank you, so much,
Bev

Sabrina Ferris - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and excited to sign up for the UE class…always looking for more ways to improve my skills and my relationship with my 11 year old Quarter mare. Thank you!

Carroll Ellis - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in your free class. I have not taken any of your classes before, but I have read your book NL and have your liberty training DVD. I have a 6 year old Friesian, who was a bully and with your help (via book, DVD and blog) and my persistence is now mostly a good horse. He is smart, but I think he has fears and uncertainties and his way of dealing with that is to be sort of “in your face”. I also just got a 7 month old Islandic colt, he is the mellowest colt I have ever seen. I have built up trust with both, but really want to be closer. I really want to sign up for a water-hole rituals class, but don’t know when it will be available. My deepest wish is to be able to truly communicate with the wonderful horses I have in my life. Thank you for having this.
Carroll Ellis

Lianne Bowman - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
Thank you so much for offering to teach this new class. I am fairly new you you and your blogs, but really enjoy reading them and the comments from others. I have a three and a half year old Quarter horse filly who came to be with me about two years ago. We hike a lot and play and practice all sorts of things on the ground. I have “ridden” (sat on her and walked her around), a half a dozen times and hope to start doing some light riding this Spring/Summer. I am looking forward to learning more things to do with her!
Lianne 🙂

Holly Vanasse - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
I would like to enroll in the UE class. I attended last year’s class too. I am looking forward to taking this further now that I have a good picture from the clinic too. Thanks for the opportunity!
Holly

Anne-Marie - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I am signing up for the UE classes again. I have followed the In The Box program twice, have your book and DVDs. It has all helped my aloof Andalusian mare. She was not difficult in her regular( professional ) initial training ; she was obedient, but we needed more bonding. She is not like the horses we have raised ourselves who come up and pester anyone who comes around.Your program has helped a lot, though we still need more gas pedal.

The UE exercises were coming along all right until she had to be treated orally with bute by someone else several times. It was right after that when I was unable to do the UEs standing in front of her. I did not pursue it because I don’t want to push too hard and lose the trust we have gained. She just starts to resist and pulls her head away.

Thanks again for all your blogs.

Anne-Marie Reed

sherry thomson - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, (insider circle) I did your free class last year with my yearling Shiloh and she is amazing being led and any time I work with her which is great as she is a gypsy and very big so I am glad she responds to subtle cues or I would be run over.I did as you suggested for the IC and just left her alone to grow up do you think I should review with her or I have 4 others I can work with or perhaps work with all of them. Anyway I am excited to get started again. Thanks so very much for your generosity of time and commitment. Namaste Sherry

Carman Conrad - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

I am enrolling in your free class. I have not taken any of your courses but have spent a lot of time on the web site and got a lot of value from what I read and saw. Very enlightening.

Cheers,
Carman

sheila geraghty - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn, Yipee, and huge thank you for your generous offer, I am enrolling in the Ub. Ex. class with 2 mares;
Girl, my 22yr old Morgan welsh cross (power-house, opinionated, dominant loner type, very fit)mare has much emotional baggage: (came from a meat truck at 10yrs old) could never tolerate her poll being touched, or pressed on at all. being restricted, tied up, X-tied, mouth contact, confinement and abandonment issues. used to flip herself over backwards if she thought her head even Might be touched or restricted. She has huge elastic movement and power like a high level dressage horse, but she has not been able to move into the bridle because of her fear of contact and confinement. we have agreed to compromise for many years, and the last few have been helping her move more into the bridle by asking her to lower the whole neck and encouraging opening of the jowl, lifting her belly and adding more power from behind, to the extent she can manage and cope. She is EXTREMELY sensitive, intelligent, willing worker, competent and talented, as long as she has learned to trust, little bit by little bit. I do the basic UE that you described last year, and that’s all she will tolerate so far, from the ground. i am able to help her more from her back as I can move her body around more easily, and generate movement from the hind legs, otherwise she will stand up. her tolerance level varies considerably day to day.
Mazha, my 9yr old Hanoverian/TB mare (she has been 2 yrs with me) has a goose/swan neck, is also extremely emotionally sensitive, doesn’t live in her body very much and feels very unco-ordinated, can be fearful, gentle and playful, and desperately needs to feel safe and wanted. she is easily cued to the UE, and like the other mare, has difficulty putting her body and energy into it.
they both have received some really transformative bodywork and cranio-sacral therapy the last few months. as well, their feet are now being barefoot-trimmed, balanced and re-habilitated, all by the same therapist/farrier. I call her the “Fair-ier Godmother”! I really am on a transformation program with myself and with both mares, and I am really looking forward to (PATIENTLY)learning and practicing the Uber exercises process under your guidance.
thank you, bless you and Happy New Year!!

Christine Hanson - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class and very much looking forward to it. This is my first time, and I will be participating with Leo, my 5 year old Canadian Horse.

Diane Brooks - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free UE class. This is my first time taking this class and I have been greatly looking forward to it.
I took your spring IC class and thoroughly enjoyed it. The benefits to me and my horses has been immense.
Thank you so much for bringing this class back.

Gabriela - 6 years ago Reply

I will be enrolling in the course. Thank you very much.

Sharon Soule - 6 years ago Reply

Count me in. I had just begun the exercises by wading through last year’s blogs until I found the first one, so this is perfect timing for me. I am waiting impatiently right now for the Waterhole Rituals to arrive in the mail–I ordered them with my Christmas money. I am really hoping to improve my relationship with my somewhat dominant yet unconfident mare. I just lost my old horse that I had the dream relationship with and it is really hard to deal with Dolly now. She is more like my teenaged daughter than anything else, and I can’t seem to figure out how I had such a great relationship with the old horse or how to build that with her.

Jamie Schultz - 6 years ago Reply

Hello, I would love to be enrolled in the free UE class. I have not taken this course before, but I have read your book Naked Liberty. I would like to take this course to increase the bond with my young horse as well as our connection undersaddle.

Thank you for the opportunity!

Jamie

Stephanie Cowles - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I discovered your blog in November 2010 and am extremely interested in finding out more about your methods, as it seems as though your philosophy/methods are the elusive piece of where I have been seeing my relationship/training methods going. I doubt that you have time to read about my history, but I have always striven to achieve willingness, lightness, and confidence in my horses.

During the past few years that I was working with horses, I was finding that less was more, that a great deal could be achieved in a few far apart, short sessions that I approached with an attitude of “let’s see what happens” and “could I show you this?” and “can we try this?”, always with the horse loose so that he was free to leave, and little or no work in the round pen. After reading about what you do, I can see exactly how working in a roundpen and applying driving pressure would undermine the relationship with the horse. I have seen that look that says “Why are you doing this, and I will move, but isn’t there a better way we could go about this?” I hope that learning more from you can help me build upon what I have been trying to do.

Then in 2006 I found out that I was pregnant with twins, who now take up most of my time and focus. It was only during the past few months that I found myself able to focus on horses and what we are doing, and still my degree of focus has not returned to what it was previously–or my nerve either.

We have a lot of horses–over 60 of all ages. We have 10 stallions, most of whom are kept together in a herd with our geldings. There are 2 old gentlemen that we bought who are not able to run with everybody else b/c they do not get along. Our mares and young fillies run in a large herd as well. Most of them get minimal handling, yet are still easy to start and work with, perhaps b/c they also have not had bad experiences.

Anyhow, I have read all last year’s posts about the UEs, but have not had a chance to implement them, although I think I do things a bit like the first UE when I first prepare a horse to put a halter on. I do so look forward to having time to work with them with a horse. I would like to enroll in this year’s class, and in any other sorts of coaching that becomes available. Thank you so much for making these ideas available to others.

I ordered Naked Liberty, Panadero’s Journey, and Introduction to the Waterhole Rituals as my Christmas present to myself, and cannot wait until they arrive.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Cowles

PS: Is there any advice/opinion you can offer as to go about practicing these rituals with my kids around? They will be turning 4 the end of January. Is it a good idea or not a good idea? I can’t decide b/c I wonder if it detracts from the focus and being present and aware. On the other hand, the horses are extraordinarily in tune with my children, and they in turn (especially my daughter) have always been very horse-oriented. They have been riding since before they were a year old, with us holding on to them from the ground. My daughter has just started to ride by herself, a couple of times (bareback, in a halter). The horse that they ride is very much in tune with them and will leave the herd to be with them, and stay with them until they (the kids) actually go right away from where she is. Then she gallops gleefully back to the other mares.

I think it would be wonderful if my kids could slip naturally into doing things this way, rather than having to go through all the mistakes and heartaches that I did before getting here.

Sorry this is so long. Thanks again.

viki - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, thank you for the invite, l would love to join this class.Have always loved classical riding but lm just a trail rider, ride only bitless. Have a 6yr old waler we have a beautiful gruond realationship but now need to develop it in the saddle. Have all your dvds ,book and have ordered the blog book. Thanks Viki

Juergen Rust - 6 years ago Reply

Yes, Carolyn,
I am checking in to be counted. I missed the exercises last year and I am looking forward with anticipation.
Juergen Rust, Clarksburg, Ontario, Canada

Andrea Dennemarck - 6 years ago Reply

Thank you Carolyn,
for the opportunity to enroll in your free class which is the first time for me.
So far I have been practising a little of your methods with my two horses.
I’m very much interested in the Uberstreichen exercises and want to learn how to encourage the horse to move the body properly with engagement. I have been following your blog for a few months now and read your book “Naked Liberty”. I’m also busy with watching your WHR DVD over and over. I’m fascinated by your method. Thank you so much for offering this class!
Andrea

Rosemary Crowley "In The Box" - 6 years ago Reply

Hello once again, Carolyn:

I would like to enroll in the class. My Andalusian gelding is anxious for any type of interaction. He is 2 1/2 and full of energy and enthusiasm. I hope he can participate. If now, we are very familiar with all your methods and will start on something else!

But thank you for your generosity. Winter is tough but a good time for not having an agenda.

Happy New Year.

Rosemary Crowley

Jacquie Bodger - 6 years ago Reply

“I am enrolling in the free class.”
I have been following your blog and have read your book/dvd.
Thank you for your generosity.
Kind regards,
Jacquie B

Melissa Freeman - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn, I am enrolling in the free class.

Anna-Karin Hägglund (In a box) - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I followed the UE last year and tried the first UE.

Anna-Karin

Daniel Devis - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn
I´m from Colombia and I met Martin Contreras, an old student of you and I am really intrested to go there and learn all you can teach me. You see, right now I am studing last year of Veterinary in Colombia, and I would like to apply your method in the clinic part, so I can have a better way to interact with horses and their sickness.

Please let me know if theres any chance to go there.

Thanks a lot and congrats for all the things you have done

Daniel Devis

Stilla Piotrowski - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
I want to enroll to the new ueberstreichen class, I took part last year and enjoyed it very much. At the moment I am reading your book “Naked Liberty” which I bought for myself and my horses for Christmas.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience with us.
Stilla

Jane McLaughlin - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free UE class.

I have an arab mare that I am restarting after her having a frightening series of episodes with other riders and/or trainers. Especially with this very reactive and sensitive mare, I like your process because it allows immediate feedback if any step is too soon or if she is uncomfortable.

Martin Contreras - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I am enrolling in the class as well. I remember the lessons you gave me at Dances With Horses, and I also remember the immense level of subtlety one can reach for with the UEs, so I’m all for more lessons!

Thank you!

Martín

Kris TwoOwls - 6 years ago Reply

I am so excited to enroll in this 1st class with you! I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and love your energy and style of communication and relationship building. I am blessed to have had a 15 yr old, 16.1h Friesian mare come into my life in May. After her previous owner could no longer keep her she was sold to the people who boarded her. She’d not had much other than basic care for several yrs, no real individual attention on a rather large ranch. She was big and rude and pushy, prone to tantrums in hand and under saddle, destructive to fencing and water troughs and not very well liked. I’ve been bartering my services at the ranch in trade for her. I’ve spent most of the last 7 months sharing territory, companion walking and quietly grooming her. People who’ve known her for yrs are shocked at how big and soft her eye has become and how sweet and quiet her true personality is. She’s not the same horse and I know I’ve only touched the surface of the goldmine!
Thank you for sharing your gifts and experience! I’m looking forward to learning more!
sincerely,
Kris and Kestrel

Jane Reid - 6 years ago Reply

Yes Carolyn, I would love to join the class. I participated in the first “In the Box” program last year and feel ready to go to the next level with my horses.
Jane Reid
Australia

Nan Pantle - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn,

So many thanks for your generosity. I am so glad to be joining your course this year once more. Last year, piles and piles of snow so that there was barely room to walk and the cold made all a challenge, but your tapes, your book, your blog have made such a difference here with our four rescue horses. Just from your introduction this day, I can see how your own thoughts and ways of communicating about this deepen and grow clearer and more powerful. (I am reminded of Goethe’s words, “Do the Thing, and You Shall Have the Power . . . hope that holds true for your students as well–me!!!).

Your course, as well as reading students entries about their experiences, was a light to my winter last year. Thank you for the richness you have brought to our lives here. You have changed us all. I was out in the snow this morning playing with Stella, Junie, Johnny and Sparrow. We used some of your exercises and then I came in to find today’s blog and offer of the course once more. Hurray!!!

Nan Pantle

Sue Elwyn - 6 years ago Reply

Hello,
I was in last winters UE class, looking forward to this sessions classes with my guy.
Your explanations of the why’s are as helpful to me as the how.
Thank you for taking the time to explain the concepts and history of the UE….. I enjoy that as well.

Best,
Sue

Toby (Elizabeth) Houtman - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I’ve taken the class last year.

Anna&Capri - 6 years ago Reply

Ooooo, how exciting that so many people are signing in that they will be participating in the course.
Anna & Capri
College Station, TX USA

Carolyn Bourchier U.K. inner circle. - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn – I am thrilled to be joining you for the UE class. Looks like a big one! I have not taken it before but got a good insight into the start with you at your ranch. Thank you for running them again.
Lots of love
Carolyn B

Marja van Run - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I joined the UE class last winter, but could hardly practice the exercises due to several reasons. I participated in the WRIC (In a Box) in 2010. I think I am now more ready for the UE’s than last year.
Thanks Carolyn for this opportunity.

Valerie Vickland - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
I’m new to your blog … but I’m going to jump right in and enroll in your free UE class now.
I have a Spanish Mustang mare who is my best pal, 8 years of walking and not yet riding… I tried various natural horse ideas but only your methods ring true to me, as I have spent years in the pastures with the herds my horse has been with watching their rituals, language and communicating with them in their own ways and so many of the natural methods ignore the horse’s heart!
I was sooo happy to find you and your students using this horse language that I have come to know by observation… I look forward to using your techniques! The other ‘natural methods’ confused me and put me off so I have just fooled around trying to find my own way with training.
My horse is in winter pasture so I will learn now and practice with her in spring. Thank you for this opportunity!!
Valerie

Emily Glidden - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class–so excited! My horse PB is recovering from a sacroiliac injury and we are both hungry for ways to keep his curious mind occupied while handwalking. I just got the watering hole ritual DVD and am trying to figure out how to incorporate them into a restricted exercise routine. We might just have to wait on some of them. Anyway, really looking forward to learning the Uberstreichen exercises. Thank you!

Ang Green - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, I am enrolling in the free class. I was a student of your first Inner Circle Programme (in a box), and follow your blog closely. Many thanks for sharing.
Ang

Kathy Cavanah - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I am enrolling in your UE class. I did not officially take the class last year, but I have read last year’s UE blog posts and I have already practiced some of the UE’s.

Christine Hudson - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn, I am thrilled to enroll in the free class. I was in the Insider Circle class,but not last year’s Ueberstreichen. I have printed out lasr year’s lessons in preparation and had some lessons with Stina. I have done a little with my horses and their response was such a good lesson for me. There was a lot of head shaking at first, but soon this turned into both of them relaxing their heads downwards and breathing out and half closing their eyes, even though I am hardly aware of putting any pressure in a downwrd direction. It’s a shame, I didn’t catch it on video, it felt so peaceful and harmonious, but not at all sleepy. I am hoping to ride again, but only if I can learn to do so without exerting undue pressure on the reins, maybe bridleless? My horse has deserved it.
With this class yet another door opens into the land of the bond with horses.
Thankyou,
Christine Hudson

Andrea Schwiegel - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
I enroll in the free class, too. I followed the course also last winter and found a lot of benefit for my mare Clarence with the exercises. Thank you that you offer the course again.

Andrea Schwiegel (IC Italy)

    Sophia Kambylis - 6 years ago Reply

    I am enrolling in the free class.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Carolyn. I am a traumatherapist living in Munich, Germany, and a complete beginner with horses – feels wonderful. started being with horses and learning to ride last May – I feel blessed with Centered Riding, Tellington and your work right from the beginning.

    “My” horse or rather my learning friend is a Shagya gelding – I am so looking forward to share the exercises with him and am pretty sure my teacher will let me since it was she who told me about you.

    Best, Sophia.

Carman Conrad - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Am I too late to enroll in your UE classes? I’ve never taken any of your courses but have spent a fair amount of time on your web site enjoying all that you have to offer the horse world. I’m also getting your blog. Good stuff!

I’m an older guy who has been a horse nut his whole life. I ride and train just for the pure pleasure of it. The great thing is a person never stops learning and there is always someone out there who can show you new ways to improve your relationship with your horse.

Cheers,
Carman

Kate Gustke - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn –
I’m enrolling for the UE class if you’ll have me!

We’ve been practicing the WR and the EU steadily for the last year, and I was an ‘In The Box’ student last summer, although silent due to 2 moves, a sick horse, and a serious kick injury (not from MY horse thankfully), all happening during the program. It would take me a book to share the changes, but I am a totally different horsewoman than I was a year ago, and my horse doesn’t even resemble ‘that’ horse. Due to the groundwork, riding is amazing – giant strides with each ride due to a solid respectful 2-way relationship, and I trust my own feeling about how to proceed, being willing to make mistakes and move on.

I have an amazingly willing (given his breeding and training on a Mexican breeding farm) 12 year old Lusitano gelding that came to me at 8 seriously over-bent and behind the bit, having been shown at 2nd level with pretty horrific training when he didn’t even have an Intro Level foundation. He also was never treated like a being with his own journey and personality, and had been eared so many times that even touching his head was challenging and lowering it below mine evoked panic, so just being given the option to leave made him quite grateful. He thanks you too, as his life is radically different, having turned into an affectionate people loving pony who loves to have his ears scratched from an aloof scared horse ‘doing it right’ out of fear of reprisal. He hasn’t been an easy horse like you asked for, but he’s so willing to forgive me and waits at the gate for our sessions, and he’s the only horse I have, so it’s all worked out great.

We’re now working on the nose/infinity circles and moving slowly, as the concept of relaxing his poll and jaw require tons of yawning and chewing each session and I have to sense when he’s relaxed as much as he can. It took us about 6 months to really get #1, but we’re now pros and he loves to just stand with me with his head against my stomach and let go. We’re also working on the loopty-loo exercise, as that’s quite revealing and while I often think he must be frustrated, he seems to love it – it’s what causes the ‘bonding at the hip’ reaction! When we’re done, he’s soft as butter with floppy ears and almost melts into me as we walk to the gate!

I work with last spring/summers WRIC recordings steadily, and combined with the awesome dressage training I’ve had and the UE, someone at the barn the other day said ‘Your horse was born to do dressage!’ after watching us ride. That made me realize we’ve come miles and that what you say is true – with the right foundation, I barely have to train him. He’s light and in front of me and listening and soft before I even ask for anything, and his old nickname was the ‘Baroque Charger’! I’m excited to experience really working through the exercises in a more ‘connected’ way – I guess I’m less aloof also;-))

Many thanks, and sorry for the length –
Kate Gustke and Safiib

Ellen Allen - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn, I would like join in your UE course as a beginner. I’m in Alabama, and my equine friends include a QH gelding who has been with me for 30 of his 32 years, and a 7 year old SSH gelding who I’ve enjoyed for the past 4 years. Thanks for this opportunity!
ELLEN

Susan Elo - 6 years ago Reply

I have been following your blog for about a year but have never taken this free course before. Thanks!

I do not own my own horse but have ridden on and off for about 30 years – English mostly. In recent years, I have had the great good fortune to fall in with a group of women who study and use your methods and they have also been good enough to let me work with and ride their horses. I wish to learn as much as I can to become a better horsewoman.

Great web site. Thanks Carolyn.

Sue Elo
Mill Bay, BC

Libby Ouellette - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Caroly,

I would love to participate in your Uberstreichen class. I remeber When you first developed the exercised and I was able to use them on a couple of dressage horses that I was riding. The UEs put the horse in the proper frame of mind and the proper frame of body for a great performance. I think that you did an outstanding job describing the benefits of the exercses. While these exercises may seem to be tailored to the dressage crowd I think that people underestimate the benefits of a rounded frame for other riding styles. For instance, a trail horse that is in a slight frame is going to be better balanced when meeting up with obstacles or uneven footing. If he becomes spooked for any reason he will be easier to get under contreol. A jumper with a rounded frame will have fewer rails down because they will be able to properly rock back and pick up their legs.

Kudos for offering an alternative to the Rollkur, which is only a defensive style of riding that is inhumane to the horse. IT IS NOT A TRAINING METHOD no matter what any rider says. It is only used on horses that are to some degree out of control and resiting the rider, most likely based on fear and a lack of connection of trust with the ride. Your methods are so fair to the horse and always increase his well being. I hope that the UE’s get the attention that they so richly deserve.

Libby

Libby

Jill Mora - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class, this will be my first class.

Thank you so much for making the class available, I’m looking forward to it.

Jill

Karen Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class and did not take any previous “UE” class.

I’m interested in this now as I am a beginer to dressage and did not previously feel ready for this. Suddenly basic dressage techniques are making sense to me, at least intellectually, and I’d really like to apply them in a thoughtful way that will benefit both my horse and me.

There are many great teachers out there, but as with maps, many points of view make the way clear. I look forward to your point of view 🙂

Karen Farrell

federica cipriani - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn I’ll try to follow your lessons.
I don’t know if it will be easy for me because of the language.
I am in Italy, and I am an Alessandra’s student now.
kisses
sei un mito!!!!!!!

Federica

Lisa Hill - 6 years ago Reply

Sorry, forgot to say I am enrolling in the class.

Lisa Hill - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn, Thank you so much for offering these classes again. I didn’t participate last year but followed along in the blog. I did practice some of the exercises over the summer with my OTTB Magnum. He had lameness issues and I hurt my back. When he was sound we got up to 2. When I got to ride him for the first time after that he was light and responsive. This comes from a novice rider myself who noticed this. Even though it’s snowing here in PA I want to join the class. With excitement I wait for the first class!

StephanieBrinkman - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,
I am enrolling (again). Thanks again for offering up the UE’s. Learning the UE’s and putting them to practice helped my horses stay focused and present w/ me. What it helped me w/ was my feel. I had always asked my horses to “yield to pressure” which was really more of an “escape from pressure”. Your “floating feel” changed the way I presented things to my horses and they responded in kind. Loving that feel!
Stephanie

Helen Edwards Lutsch - 6 years ago Reply

So glad for this opportunity, thanks Carolyn! My great passion is dressage, and I now own a 9 year old Norwegian fjord horse, that I have had since age one, and done the Waterhole rituals with, and two Lusitano stallions, a 6 year old in training with my trainer in Potugal, and an 11 year old, his own Grand Prix level, coming to Sweden in March. No problem with any of them as far as self-carriage or sensitivity for my aids, but these are things one always has to continue to train, and work from the ground is always so important. I look forward to the class!
Helen, WRIC class one in 2009 and have continued to follow your blog ever since, although I am not good at writing comments.

Suzanna R - 6 years ago Reply

I am signing up for your UE class. Thank you for offering it.

I have had horses all my life. I train and show in western events. I have a QH mare that I Show in Reining that I will be using the UE on. She already has a lot of collection, but she and I will never stop learning and improving on our realationship.
I aquired a young mustang gelding a few months ago and I have been amazed at how much he likes learning. He is always seeking the right answer when I ask something of him. Actually he has inspired me to learn how to get a deeper connection with him and my mare. After working with him one day early in December I came to my computer and did a search for Liberty Training and found your web site. My husband ordered two of your DVD’s for me for christmas and I just ordered another one yesterday. Now I have two spirits inspiring me right now, you and my mustang. Thank You!

Virginia Bassetti - 6 years ago Reply

Exciting ! A start to a new class. Looking forward to it. Thank you for being such an Inspiration.

Hugs, Virginia

Wilma van Wyngaarden - 6 years ago Reply

Thank you, Carolyn
I will be following your UE exercises this time, thanks for the great ideas.
Last winter I got an avalanche of work and did not continue, but I’ve been recently studying the ideas from your blog last year. I’ve tried the beginning exercise a couple of times. Interesting that my arab tucked and arched his neck the first time I asked for it.
My bonded mare, who is very light to ride, will drop her head but has not understood to tuck her nose yet, and shows some resistance to relaxing her neck. The most astounding thing is that my yearling draft-cross gelding, who has very little training, was soft and willing to drop his head and tuck his nose! Of course as I’ve written recently his attitude has changed 180 degrees since I started asking for better behaviour at feeding time. That seems to have given him a language to greet me – we now greet each other with friendliness instead of the pinned ears and snaky head I was getting before (and I’m not afraid of him any more, so I am more friendly myself.) Also now when he follows me down the path, I invite him along or send him in front, so I don’t turn around and find the pinned ears and snaky head threatening me.
Regarding the loopty exercise, my mare had a better tolerance and understanding of it the second day we tried it. She was quite awkward the first time her hind legs moved over in front of me, but by the third time, she was quite smooth about it. I used a rope around her neck, with the end over her nose for the nose control.
Also quite shocked to find the yearling gelding Nickel was able to tuck his nose, bend his neck and move to my other side, although I didn’t ask his shoulders or HQ to come around in front.
For the first time I contemplated keeping him – if he is going to be that soft and willing when it gets to be time to ride him.

W

joanna blake - 6 years ago Reply

dear carolyn,
thank you for the post. i would like to enroll on the UEs course. I was part of last year’s course. I employ the UEs most days and my mare is very responsive to half halts and halts and walking out afterwards, when I walk her around the lanes. She also loves ‘pretty head’, does it on voice cue (and also when trying to get my attention!).
Thanks

Sheri Slessler - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, Thank you so much for your generosity. I will be taking the class. I’m reading Naked Liberty right now and am very anxious to learn.

Jackie Decker - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn: I will be taking your free class for the first time. I’ve loved your blog and look forward to it. Jackie

Cori - 6 years ago Reply

I’m new to your UE, and I am looking forward to the class! I have been doing certain inhand stretches that Mark Russell incorporates into his clinics.

I am hoping that the incorporation of this exercise into my usual regimen will help a horse who has impulsion problems. He is 13 and somewhere along the line of previous owners, he shut down. I bought him sight unseen because I had been the first person to ride him as a 3 year old. At that time he had no problem using his energy and he was happy to respond to the slightest suggestion. He was sold by his owner and then when I discovered he was eventually for sale, I got him. He has been a puzzle since then. I have had him for two years!

I have ordered your DVD’s and can hardly wait to view them over and over!

Best,
Cori (Florida)

Judit Pinterics - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I am enrolling in the free class. I haven’t taken the class before. Thank you very much for this great opportunity!
Best regards,
Judit Pinterics (In-a-box, 2010)

Deborah Hopkins - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
I am enrolling in the free UE class. This will be my first attempt, although I did read some of the postings from last time. Thank you!
Deborah

Larry - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn, I am enrolling your UE class(first time). I have at least one horse whose topline could stand some improvement.

Larry

TK - 6 years ago Reply

Enrolling in the class for the first time. I own a 21 yo gelding I used to do 2nd lvl dresage with. We stopped competition, took a break & spent the past year working on our relationship. Looking forward to this…

karin kozlowski - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I took the UE class last winter and am signing up for this one. Thank you for offering it again. The more that Roscoe and I practice the UE, the better our communication gets. It teaches Roscoe to be light and responsive, and it teaches me just how light I can make my aid. Thank you for your generosity and dedication in offering this free class!

Karin

Leanna Kielian - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn,
I am enrolling in your UE (again). I loved last years class but was unable to take best advantage of your teachings in the stable at that time due to health issues of my own that I wasn’t ready to admit were impacting me so much. My lower trunk strength is improving/pain reduced and I now can clearly see how much this held me back on last years efforts on all fronts.

I really can feel the UE exercises in my mind and that has carried over to the horses in any event. You had suggested working with them on True during the inner circle class this past course(I had been working with her mom Ama for last year’s UE). What I have realized is that the work with True has in some ways, taken her further than the others and those differences appear in unexpectanted ways when I am with the others in our little herd. Before your programs I would have not even noticed these differences in behaviors.

My plan is to spend a short sessions with each horse daily and keep a journal of how each responds to the course. They will grow and I will get to see and experience each horse’s individual way of progression. All of the little herd have seemed to grow in grace during this past year and are really open in their hearts when I am with them.

I am confident that those using your programs find in handling other horses not exposed to your methods a stark reality check of how much we and our horses have gained from the work. However even in brief moments of handling other outside horses we ourselves are reacting differently than we might have without your work, so those experiences are graced also.

Donna Cayce - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn! I would love to participate in this class. I have been following your blog for many months now and am very interested in your methods. I just started a 4 yr. old Blue Star Arabian under saddle in 2010 (my first!). She is very willing and cooperative. I love to play at liberty with her and she seems quite connected with me. I am looking forward to learning how to encourage her to move her body properly with engagement. Thank you for offering this class! Donna

Sandy McMahon - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the UE class.
Thank you
Sandy

Linda S (NC) - 6 years ago Reply

I will be joining you as a beginner. I have begun your book Naked Liberty and reading as much as i can about your methods on the blog. I will be purchasing the water rituals DVD asap and am waiting impatiently for the next inner circle to start. I am working with a 5y/o paso fino gelding who altho well trained at 2 was only ridden a few times yearly since last year. I was looking forward to trail riding him with both large and small groups but he is fearful of strange horses and unless i am riding behind everyone he has begun to run and buck. I am hoping that we will be able to overcome that with a closer bond and his learning to trust me to take care of him. He is the low man in my herd of 2 with a 22y/o alpha mare and a 6y/o mare. I have been trying to spend time in the pasture with them but it is too cold to go out and sit. Also spending my time during feeding moving the mares away from him and not allowing them to push him away from his hay. I see some progress with his approaching me more easily. I just got him last april and unfortunately he came to me with a severe infection in his neck from a vaccine which required 3xdaily flushing and treatment followed by dimimished immunity resulting in severe reactions to bug bites also treated 2x daily and quite painful. He went from initially being a big teddy bear to wanting no part of my being with him. Hoping that we will be able to form that special relationship i keep dreaming of.
linda

Brenda Adams - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I am enrolling in the free class & have not had this class before. My horse is young & not yet started under saddle. I am waiting for my good & most trusted friend from Florida who is a trainer before I start him (I live in TN & do not know anyone I really trust in this area to help me) & am wanting to learn all I can & do all the preparing I can so as to make his learning experience as stress free & pleasant as possible.

He seems to enjoy learning when my friend has been here to help me & he catches on very easily. He is very sensitive & smart & we are trying to keep his experiences all good & fun ones so that he does not lose his trust in people. I am anxiously waiting for the weather to be more agreeable so I can move on with the Waterhole Rituals first. It has been bitter cold & snowy here & when it does finally get above freezing, it rains. Can’t wait for Spring & warmer weather!

Sincerely,
Brenda

    Donna Cayce - 6 years ago Reply

    Brenda, I am living in Tennessee, also. Where are you located? I am near Wartrace. Donna

Jennifer Hope - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks for this class, Im here again:) Very Grateful!

Jemma Brett - 6 years ago Reply

Hello, I am enrolling for the first time. Thank-you for your wonderful blog.

I have three horses who I am just starting to play with again after a long break so this class comes at the most perfect time. Thank-you so much and I am thrilled to be a part of this community.

With love and best wishes, Jemma

Julia Felton - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

Please count me attend to attend the free UE coaching. I’m really looking forward to further developing my skills. What I love about the UE exercises is that you can do them indoors when the weather is poor leaving no excuse not to work with your horse because of the weather

Hope all is well with you.

Love Julia

carolyn j - 6 years ago Reply

Hi – I am enrolling in the free class- I have not participated before.

thanks for you generosity in sharing this with us!

Angela Frey - 6 years ago Reply

I am enroling in the free UE course, I have heard much about them but never knew what they were. I look forward to having any new exercise that brings closeness between myself and my horses. Thank You!

Ingrid Acebes - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in your UE class.

Thank you
Ingrid

Sarah - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. This will be my first time and I really look forward to it! I am in England and hopefully this will give me something productive to do in the dark and rain with my horse. 🙂 Thank you!

Grace - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in this free class and I have not taken it before.

As for my brief history I’ve been with horses pretty much my whole life and have always felt that there was a way to have a deeper bond with horses that goes beyond just getting the horse to do what you want. When I found your blog and started doing the waterhole rituals I reached a new understanding with both of my horses. My mare began watching for me and interacting, a thing she has not done in all the years I have had her. Although my gelding is still quite cocky and unwilling I feel more comfortable interacting with him because I am beginning to understand what he is doing.

Lastly, thank you Carolyn for taking time to help all of us have a deeper bond with our horses.

Libby Ouellette - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I would like to take your UE class so that I can review the exercises. I remember when you developed the exercises and I began using them on the dressage horses that I was riding. They are SOOO effective and have benefits under saddle and on the ground. The exercises are the ultimate pre-ride warm up for the dressage horse. They put the horse in the proper frame of mind and also the proper physical frame for riding.

Bless you for offering an alternative to the brutality of the Rollkur. The UEs develop the bond between horse and rider instead of trapping the horse into an artificial, tortured submission. Those who are practicing the Rollkur are doing so to maintain control over the horse who is not offering it willingly. The UE gives you a horse that is putting his energy and focus into the performance, not using it in resistance.

These exercises are truly a breakthrough in the development of the horse as a companion and performance partner.

Libby Ouellette

Karla Lauritsen - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I took the class last year. Thank you so much. Karla

Katrina - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class.

Thank you for offering this class. I want to take it in order to work on my horse Tom’s belief in himself. He raced successfully for 5 years on the flat track. He is now very relaxed until he hits a point he doesn’t think he can do. And I have a hard time knowing when it’s something physical due to wear and tear or bad posture vs. mentally lacking belief in his ability. I believe these exercises may help me to differentiate this line.

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Katrina,
    If you feel comfortable about it please leave your full name it would help me in the office ti remember you and help our connection and relatiship.
    I hope to help you to remove the line you are taking about with your horse. It is one of the main benefits of the UE’s

    Welcome,
    Carolyn

mitzi - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
I’m enrolling in the class .
I was also in the 1st Insiders Circle class of summer 2009.
I worked on the Uberstreichens last winter w/ my Friesian and we were starting to get some lovely things happening .
I am so looking forward to continuing with you !!
Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity !

KarenH - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I’d like to enroll in your UE class, thank you for your generous offer!
I have not taken this class before. I’m not sure where/when class takes place?..
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and taking the time to teach us.
Warm regards, Karen

Laurinda Reinhart - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
thank you for offering this free class again. I participated last yr, but would like to enroll again as I have so much to learn. I wish you or an apprentice were closer.

my late, truly wonderful rat tailed app trail horse Cody taught me alot about natural collection and listening to your partner. He ‘jigged’ out on the trail and I was told to do circles when this happened. this was most frustrating for both of us, so one day realizing Cody wasn’t trying to run away with me, I let him ‘jig’ home. OMG! he had the most incredibly comfortable and powerful collected jog I have ever experienced. I now believe it was the gait called the trote. I would have never realized this precious jewel had I not listened to my horse. together, over the yrs we learned how to control his speed with my seat and less checking him with the reins. (is that like the half halt?) We were riding bareback at this point and before he passed I was finally able to canter him without pinching him and causing a buck.

I have been trying to practice the whr and ubs with my spotted stallion Tahintate, but have not been consistant enough. we mostly play on the ground and do very little riding. At first I could not get him to trot next to me. when that changed (using your exercises), he would also trot under me bareback with just a halter in the ring. I almost cried when he demonstrated a similar collected jog like Cody’s. I want to continue to practice with him under your tutilage. He is a gentle soul who demands that I ride him totally connected with body, mind and soul…so I avoid riding him unless I can be totally grounded and connected with him. I would like to get more consistant at that using your methods.

my little mare Kate is due to foal in March. I am anxious to continue the ubs with her as they have helped her to collect and carry herself so much better. and I am excited and thankful to have your teachings available to learn with the new foal!

Nan Goldberg - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I’m enrolling in the free class. I’m a newcomer, so this will be my first class. Thanks for offering this opportunity.

Jane - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Caroline,

I am enrolling in the free class. I haven’t taken the class before. I am very interested in the excercises as I have a homebred filly Thyme who I have been playing with at liberty and have a very good relationship with. I hope to back her this year and want to prepare her as well as possible.

Thank you for this opportunity,

Best Wishes,
Jane

gail pennington - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I read the exercises last year, but did not practice them. I was an In a Box member over the summer, and I am very enthusiastic about this learning opportunity. Thank you.

Samantha Martel - 6 years ago Reply

Hello,

I will be taking the free course, I have not taken it before. I have read the blog postings though, and seen some videos, but did not follow the entire series last year.

I have an 18 year old Lipizzaner mare who is trained in dressage to a much higher level then I am (I am a rank beginner). She is very patient and kind and we have become very good friends over the year that I have had her through your Waterhole Rituals. I think that this course will do me good and also that she will enjoy it. I also have a 24 year old gelding, Tucker, who we have also done the Waterhole Rituals with and he will participate too, as he likes anything that allows him to stretch. It does him good and keeps him young!

Very much looking forward to this course

Thank you for offering this
Best Wishes
Samantha Martel

Lila "Horse Muse" Harding - 6 years ago Reply

Ohh Carolyn. Thank you for your generosity. I will eagerly look forward to receiving your input this year. This is my first tie enrolling for your online class and look forward to the review.

I have found these exercises to be phenomenal for ALL OF THE HORSES I work with Regardless of the breed or discipline. The approach of the lessons and the effect on the horses mind, relaxation and musculature is nothing short of sensational. I would like to include a picture of Sebastian and what he looked like this past summer after practicing theses exercises. Let me know how to do that!

With reverence and respect,
Lila

andrea kayruz - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. have a 7 year old Lusitano in Dubai.

donna - 6 years ago Reply

Hi carolyn,
thank you for offering this class. I am enrolling for the first time.
i have gone thru them, but because of the class they will be very
clear. enjoying your blog as always.
many thanks, Donna Chapman
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Kathy B. - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn,

I am enrolling in the class. I have not taken it before. I am always looking for ways to improve communication with my horse in the softest, kindness way possible that allows him to use him body the most beneficial way while carrying me.

Kathy

Jana - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. This is my first time and I am SO looking forward to it!

Thank you for offering this information to us!

Marcia Weaver - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I have not participated in one before. I am so excited to be able to do this. I have your dvd of WHR and the Blog Vo. 1. I found you site a few months ago and this seems to be the missing key I have been looking for for years. I have three horses and they now seem to look at me though different eyes now that I am entering their world and not expecting them to adapt to mine. Thanks you so much for this wonderful journey that I am now sharing with them.

Shira Nafshi - 6 years ago Reply

I’d like to enroll in the free class. Thank you so much for offering it and for everything you do to help make horses’ lives better!

Monique Fisher - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in this free class.
Carolyn, great that you offer this! These kind of things give me hope and trust that the world of dressage will change for the better every day.

I have done the “in the box” program in 2009 and I am always following your blog with lots of pleasure, the blog really inspires me in my work with my own horse, the horses I work with for my friend and my clients. Thank you for all your sharing and inspirational words.

Heart to heart,
Monique (Netherlands)

Sally Spencer - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn
I am enrolling in the class, thank you so much. I followed it last year and worked a little with it. I am able now to give this information more practice and focus.
I am interested to know how the UE relaxes the horse’s muscles. what is the process or pathways.

I attended a horse dissection last month and the experience was so beneficial enabling me to better understand the workings of the horse’s anatomy, the wonder of fascia and connective tissue let alone the depth and purpose of the muscles besides other things. I cold see first hand how much damage could occur with rolkur.

Thank you once again for your dedication and enthusiasm.
Sally

Laura Bold - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn-

I am enrolling in the free class. I will follow as best I can with Orlov. They may be over my head but I’ve been watching the youtube clips on the first exercise and know I can start with that. Looking forward to it!
Just finished Naked Liberty. I am full, and feel such a deeper understanding of the why’s and hows of the WHR’s. It was just what I had been wanting and needing, and answered so many questions on behavior that I’ve been trying to figure out.I should have read it sooner – now your videos make more sense to me too. I will be rereading it often. What wonderful knowledge you have gained from all your experiences. I love how you worked with Sagebrush in how to enter the herd. What a great teacher she was. I truly savored it all.

Thank you for this offering Carolyn!
all good things to you,
Laura

Connie Huibregtse - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I’m enrolling. I took the spring 2010 whr class (insiders circle).

Thanks for the lessons!!!! Love learning!

Connie and Yowahtee

Louise - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class.
I am curious how this class will work virtually.
Regards from Louise (Germany)

LorraineCampbell - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling for the first time since I only discovered this blog a couple of months ago. I have really been enjoying reading the books and watching the DVDs and can already see a change in my horses just from spending more time with them, hanging out. Really looking forward to the UE exercises – something I can do in these freezing temperatures. THanks Carolyn

Brenda de Lang - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, I’m participating. This is my second time, the first time I did the first three exercises in walk.

Nancy Goslin - 6 years ago Reply

Present, sitting in the front row and brought my beginner’s mind! So grateful for people with gifts who love to share them with others. Thanks CR for being willing.

BonnieJBeresford - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. I did not do the class last year because I was not far enough along in my relationship with my horses, but I took the WRIC course in the spring. During one of the phone calls, you advised me to try the first two UEs to help calm my horse. Since then I have become very interested in all the benefits of the course. I have not started to ride my mare, but with the WRIC course, and now the UE course, we are laying a good foundation for riding. I so look forward to working with you on this activity!
I will be away for a few weeks in February, and I may not be able to check in during that time, but I will follow along if I can get to a computer. I will let you know when I am away and when I return. Thank you so much!
Cheers,
Bonnie

Kami Guildner - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn – Thank you! I’m enrolling in this class with you. Great way to play with my horses over the winter. As an equine guided educator, providing coaching and consulting with my horses, I am love to explore new ways to connect with my horses. I’ve heard great things about your approach to communication and relationships with horses and am looking forward to learning more.
Kami

Gretchen Austin - 6 years ago Reply

I signed up for the class last year, but didn’t have my own horse at the time and wasn’t able to complete it. Happy you are offering it again!

Geerteke Kroes - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn
I would love to join your class.
I am familiar with the ueberstreichen as was done in the olden days of my competion riding at Prix St George level. Some of the german dressage tests we were expected to be riding had that element in them. Ueberstreichen during transition from collected canter to extension and back to collection so the judges could check your horse’s fluidity and self carriage.

However there might be a reason for you to not let me take part. I am at present recovering from a small accident which left me with shoulder luxation broken collar bone and sprained ribs. This means that I shall not be in a position for at least another 4 weeks I expect to practice with my 4-year old horse. As I mentioned I would love to take part even if the first few weeks will then be more or less theoretical for me but I am awaiting your reaction.

WArm greetings, Geerteke

Tina - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class, I have not participated before.

Mary Barrett (inner circle) - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn – Is there any reason I can’t follow along? I enjoyed the introduction you gave us in the clinic.

Monique C. - 6 years ago Reply

I would love to enroll in this free class. This will be my first time and I am really looking forward to it.
Thank you!

Monique (from Italy as well)

Dianne - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling. I took the class last year, and it was a wonderful way to deepen the communication with my horse.

Anna&Capri - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Everyone,
Thank you so much for offering this, Carolyn! I’m am thrilled to be able to learn from you. I am signing up for this free class very happily. This is my first time taking the course.

My pony, Capri, and I have done a lot of natural horsemanship together. Last year I moved away from an official program and have just loved seeing the “rest of the world”. I was especially pleased to find Carolyn’s teachings. Capri is a very athletic and energetic pony. I need to learn to help her relax physically, mentally and emotionally at any point in what we’re doing.

Anna and Capri
College Station, TX USA

Abigail Morris - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Checking in and very much looking forward to the class. I have been using the UE’s to good effect (having read your blogs and looked at the videos) but I know my timing could be better so I’m looking forward to learning step by step with you.

Best regards,

Abigail

Lorrie - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling thank you

Patti G. - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in this free class today. I followed UE last year, and tried a few of the basics.
This is perfect timing, as I have been looking for ideas for working “in hand” in a less restrictive way (caveson, bridle, side reins, etc).
Thank you Carolyn, for sharing your method!!

stina - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class.

I have participated in the first class last year. I am interested to learn the Uberstreichen because I want to learn to train my horses myself for dressage from the very beginning. The UE’s is an excellent way for me to train myself to train the horse.

I like the UEs step by step approach, logical, gentle way these exercises are built up to prepare the horse for riding.

Most of my horses were wild and frightened 3 years ago, we connect and bond through The Waterhole Rituals.

I wish to contribute with photos and videos of our progress.

Sun, Wind and Rain from Stina in St. Vincent

Christian Gundermann - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

I am enrolling (again). And thank you for continuing with this important class. Last year’s experience was groundbreaking. And the journey continues. My specific goal at the moment is to improve relaxation, stretching of top line, and self-carriage at the canter with my mare Lili.

Looking forward to the weeks to come.

Christian

Carrie Eastman - 6 years ago Reply

I am enrolling in the free class. This is my first time in the class. Looking forward to learning this for my herd!

susan garvin - 6 years ago Reply

GREAT Carolyn! I was just about to flick over to your blog to see if this had arrived yet, when the email came in saying ‘here it is’!!! I am so looking forward to this; as I’ve said several times in other issues of your blog recently, I have been so helped by just the first two UEs! Last year I couldn’t even get through the first one and now (with the Insider Circle course in between) I am using it to calm my horse when he gets jittery when having his feet trimmed! I will so enjoy working through these with you and my classmates and thank you again for this immensely generous offer not just of your sharing the actual UEs with us, but also the time you will be dedicating to us as we go through them.
best
susan (Italy)

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