Rollkur No More: Uberstreichen Exercises Beginning Theory Lesson 3

Second Annual Free Course, Winter 2011

Welcome to week 3!

Before we get started:
There are 19 Uberstreichen Exercises altogether. Eight of them are done on both sides of the horse on a 15 or 20-meter circle, and three are done standing still. One is done straight on, and two are asking the horse to bend his neck to the left side and then the right side. Both straight and lateral bends begin by standing still while you are facing your horse, and then they advance to walking and trotting in hand on the circle. The beginning exercises are the easiest to apply. They build in difficulty very naturally so when you get to the more difficult ones, they are even easier than the first ones because of how the relationship is building between you and your horse. In a slow and methodical pace, you will create a connection from the ground that will create a centaur ride, and aids that are light from a method that is based in well-being and relaxation.

Utilizing all 19 Uberstreichen Exercises, you will see significant results in two to four months in producing self-carriage without a contact rein-but take as long as you like. It might take you longer because I am not working directly with you, or you might have a horse that you will need to take more time with. It is important to take it slowly. Training horses is like running a vacuum cleaner. If you are in a hurry, the vacuum cleaner is not as effective as it would be if you pushed it slowly.

Suggested Exercise Time and General Practice Notes:
Work with the Uberstreichen Exercises for about 15 minutes a day. You can then continue your usual program as normal. If you have a program already, the 15 minutes you spend will be very beneficial. Start with the beginning exercises each day and work through them. Move on to the next Uberstreichen Exercise only when you get the desired result with the one before. Each day your horse will respond differently. Sometimes your horse will be easy to unlock, and sometimes harder. If he is locked, do not move on to the next exercise. Enjoy the process of making a real connection and creating a true release. During the first week, you might only do one exercise. Over the course of a week, do not do more than three different Uberstreichen Exercises as a horse needs plenty of repetition with these kinds of exercises so they become second nature to him, and that he can hold the posture you ask him to maintain on his own for short intervals.

When is a horse ready to begin with the Uberstreichen Exercises?
When you have a good working relationship at liberty with the Waterhole Rituals™, you are ready to start with the Uberstreichen Exercises. You can also start the exercises with a horse that has good ground manners and attitude. You should be able to touch and rub your horse anywhere and pick up his feet easily. When you can achieve this, you and your horse have an ability to work together well enough to begin to work with the Uberstreichen Exercises. (When you can do this with your horse, you have enough connection and horsemanship skills in getting him to do something he would rather not do. Remember, we are looking for the locked energy that will be strongly attached to the horse’s unwillingness to give. You will be working with resistance to achieve relaxation. We are putting a new button onto the horse that will produce throughness in times when you loose the connection.)

What You Will Need:
The tack you will need is a flat halter, and a lead rope of any length. Short is the easiest to manage. You will need to train on a flat surface on a 20-meter circle with proper footing. A surface that is not too deep or too hard. A surface that is too hard hurts the joints, and too deep hurts the ligaments.

Lastly, as I am instructing you, I do not focus on solving problems. How I fix a problem is I will work with you in how to move forward if you get stuck. If you find yourself struggling with the Uberstreichen Exercises, discontinue them. The indication that you are on the right path is that the material is easy to understand, apply, and is enjoyable for both you and your horse. Believe it or not, working with resistance can be fun, and relaxing, and you will be able to get your horse to release at the moments of his resistance without a fight. It would be a good idea if you keep notes and a journal and share it with the class in the comments section. Remember, you are working with evolution, focus, love and a horse that has the innate instinct in him to want to follow your lead and connect with you built in his core because companionship is the most important thing to horses.

Let’s Get Started!

First Uberstreichen Exercise
First, start by standing in front of your horse. You will need a halter (not a rope one) and a short rope. Wait until the horse will stand still without your influence. Once he can do this, then teach him to stand in one place while you are able to walk around him. How you train him to stand unattended is by returning him to a specific spot when he moves and holding him there until he will stand without the influence of the rope. Tell him “whoa.” Begin again walking around him. At first, take only a few steps and then return to his head. Walk further and further around him until you can make a complete circle while he is willing to stand still. Repeat until it is natural to you both. He will already know this if he as been trained with the Waterhole Rituals.

Self Carriage:
For a horse to be in self-carriage under saddle he needs plenty of practice in self-control. This is set up by teaching your horse to stay in self control while standing still. When your horse learns to stay put without your support you have started developing the horse’s ability to be more responsible without your influence. The horse is learning to be self-directed under your charge. An example of this would be a cutting horse that cuts cows on his own without direction. However, he is always prepared to take direction in a moment’s notice.

Self-carriage is when your horse can carry himself for a period of time without your support or direct influence. When you ask the horse to turn, stop, speed-up, supple, collect or lengthen and at the moment the horse starts to perform what you ask, you stop the aids so he can carry out the request on his own. In those moments when the horse can perform freely, self-carriage is achieved. Without this freedom, we diminish the horse’s full ability and expression. When the horse looses energy and pace you can then take control of the horse and re-establish the energy and put the horse back on course. When the energy becomes active again, you again stop your communication and allow the horse to perform on his own. The horse should perform more in self-carriage than having to receive instruction from his rider. The less the rider has to direct, the better the quality of the dance. The reason this is so important to look at is so you do not trap the horse in the bridle, or think you need a contact rein as it is used or nose bands, bits, or that awful Rollkur training. These exercises also are a way for you to learn another way to put a horse into self-carriage, speed control, and frame. Just think you may gain the “hands” of more than a master these days with practice!

In Conclusion:
You cannot hurt your relationship with your horse by trying and failing with these exercises because they are nurturing to the horse, and the horse is completely unaware of your failure! Whatever happens, you will improve your relationship, deepen the bond and improve you horsemanship both on the ground and when your ride because you will be much more effective with rein aids and theory, and you will never again think it is necessary to hold a contact rein! Some of you may enjoy the program even without a horse for the study of a method that takes no contact rein to ride a horse through and active.

Note: If your horse is not ready yet to do the Uberstreichen Exercises, in the spring, I will be offering another class on the Waterhole Rituals™ that you can attend.

Homework:
Please sign in each day of the class so that I can keep track of attendance, and also any questions you may have.

May the Horse Be With You!

Carolyn

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Cheryl Snowden - 5 years ago Reply

Very late checking in.

Kate Eden - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

Just letting you know that I am studying or participating just been busy moving and starting my new job.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge

Kate

Angela Frey - 6 years ago Reply

Signing in… Have been away on vacation and am getting a new horse soon so will start exercises ASAP.

Anna&Capri - 6 years ago Reply

I went out to the barn yesterday and Capri came up to me. She had her Cashel fly mask with the nose cover on (because of the wind and dust) and I thought I’d try the floating hold and asking for her head to go down or in with it instead of the halter. She responded so softly to it that I’m doing that uberstreichen exercise using it instead of the halter. Why is it that you have us walk around our horse once to the right after each time? Capri stands perfectly still while I do it.

I am really enjoying doing these exercises with Capri. It’s a relaxing conversation.
Anna and Capri
College Station, TX USA

NANNY - 6 years ago Reply

Did the first exercise with an Arab gelding and a Friesian mare successfully…easier than I had expected and without any halter.

Michele - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. I’m going to try this exercise today.

Tori Cullins "In the Box" - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, need to go buy a flat halter… or…?

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

checking in

Erica Dixon - 6 years ago Reply

Hi – I wanted to ask a question or actually pose a solution… Its not about UE, but about the problem of sending a horse away that’s too bonded to you. Whether that is from too many treats at the wrong time or other issues. (I read what Carolyn wrote on this). My Andalusian x Arab & I have encountered this problem recently. I think I caused it by trying to do Clicker a few years back, but not really getting it. Anyway, more recently after doing a lot of sharing territory & general bonding & rituals & liberty for many months, I couldn’t send her away. I thought that if its about treats & I’m the ‘candy store’ & she wants to go to or stay with the candy store, then I need to put it somewhere else! So I got a bucket of alfalfa cubes (we don’t have alfalfa hay in England). Put them at one end of the arena, which obviously she was highly aware of… Took her up the other end & said ‘go trot’ & sent her with waves of my twig & of course she heads straight for the food. Perfect. Then I kept moving it all around & sending her. Then I took it away & she went round & round & quick off my signal. After, we sat quietly together & I gave her the rest of the food – when she’d been polite. Her face afterwards was a picture when I put her back in the herd. She stared over at the work space & it was like I could see the cogs going around in her brain! She does this a lot. My older mare never does. The whole work time was fun & I really enjoyed it.

I just had to ask – is this the sort of simple solution you look for?

NANNY - 6 years ago Reply

Signing in; will practice 1st exercise tomorrow.

linda - 6 years ago Reply

Gitano did great with the exercise only took a few minutes to circle to his left and about 5 minutes to his right then i was able to circle to either direction without any difficulty. I was able to do all the activity with no halter or rope and just a simple hand up and verbal stand command. I started sharing territory with him for the first time today also. I will have to get the WR DVD so i can begin that more in ernest as He usually trys to avoid being with me altho I can already see a big difference from just spending more time in the pasture doing chores. He is coming up to me quite often and I had to keep pushing him away while i was reading. He has begun to hold onto my clothing tho and altho he grabs it very slowly and gently and then just holds on i am not sure how to respond. Seems as if he is trying to groom me. I have been gently pushing him away and saying no but he is still doing it should i be more forceful with him? Thank you so much for this instruction I am looking forward to your next inner circle

Hannelies Bongaerts - 6 years ago Reply

We like the UE 1….Nikkidy is curious to know what I’m doing and stands still waiting for me to re-appear in front of her, happy to see me again…(my interpretation)…and Star is wise enough to be able to stand on her own…
Thanks, Carolyn.
Hannelies

Vickie - 6 years ago Reply

I tried the first exercise with Kris my OTTB. He does know the stand commad so stood while I walked aound him in both directions. However once I stopped at his head he stood for a second and started to walk off. I grabbed the rope and said whoa so he would stay. Was this right and should I start to do something else with him right away or just make him stand for a few seconds more? Thanks for this free course,

Vickie

Beth Sabor - 6 years ago Reply

Hi all 🙂 I am both registering and signing up/in for the Uberstreichen course. I am currently working with my 3 going on 4 year old Belgian Rescue, Boude and my going on 2 year old Paint Percheron/QH Premarin filly, Lola. Looking forward to walking this path with my herd. Thank you for your work Carolyn!

Kerry Wright - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in very late!

Thank you
Kerry

viki - 6 years ago Reply

Hi just checking in. Just finished watching LL videos thought l had missed something until l read your reply to Kath. Will have a little play today with it, looks like fun. I to am from Australia so ph calls not possible, also at work a lot. Can l do the LLs on a 2yr old also. Cheers VIKI and Comm.

Sheri Slessler - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Checking in. Have been out of town for a week. Anxious to get started today.

Sheri

Moyna Smeaton - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
checking in. It has been so incredibly hot here this past week, been hard to be outdoors at all. Can’t believe it when Da Boyz stand out in the sun!
A little cooler today, so will start with the first exercise.
Whinneys,
Moyna

Deborah - 6 years ago Reply

It was a beautiful afternoon at the barn today, with temps soaring near freezing and a warming sun. I decided to try the first UE in the paddock. I approached Frosty, the little Appaloosa I have been riding since Oct. Her neck arched and her ears went back and she swung her head away from me. Some of the mares looked like they were in heat (again!) and Frosty has been in and out of heat all winter so I left her and spent some time sharing territory and greeting the other mares.

When I caught Frosty peeking over at me I approached her again and she was more receptive. I led her to a secluded spot in the paddock, stood in front of her and told her to stand. I walked as far back as her hip and returned to her head. Then she took a couple of steps forward, so I put her back. I walked to the other side, stopped at her hip, then kept going all the way around. I repeated on the other side. She understood what I wanted and stayed put so I patted and praised her.

Then I took her inside, in spite of the big crashes of icicles dropping off the arena roof! I groomed her and repeated the exercise in the aisle where she is sometimes a little nervous. She was perfect so I gave carrots and put her back outside. A good start to what I expect will be a wonderful journey together 🙂

Rebecca Harris - 6 years ago Reply

checking in

Catching up on reading/learning while ill in bed! will try with my horse when better.

Thanks

Rebecca

sherry thomson - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, thank you for the advice re: working with China in her stall. Today I did the first UE with her and she was very quick to catch on. I would like to set up a call with you so that I can do my best with her. Everything you have suggested with her during WHR has mellowed her tremendously. Her stallis 12 ft by 12 ft but I would like to get her into the arena so perhaps we should do a coaching call. sherry insider circle 2010

Sophia Kambylis - 6 years ago Reply

checking in and processing. thank you!
warm regards, sophia

Jamie Schultz - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, thank you!
Jamie

Andrea Schwiegel - 6 years ago Reply

Ref. to my question/your answer 132:
Today I did exactly what you told me (grooming while she’s eating etc.) and when we did the first UE afterwards, her head went down to the ground at once – but only for one time! I did not pretend more and took it as a real gift. But when we walked on the circle, her head was always down and relaxed.
Andrea

Judith Starr - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
checking in.
I will do this first practical exercise at the weekend.

Abigail Morris - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Galero and I have worked on this before so it isn’t new to him but it is good to do a refresher. I’m going to try the exercise in different places so he doesn’t just link the exercise with the place (weather permitting…)

Best wishes,

Abigail

Tori Cullins "In the Box" - 6 years ago Reply

Is it OK to do this excercise at liberty? i would think so (since it says “with no influence of rope”), but just wanted to make sure. My horses do know this from WR. Will “flat” halters (as compared to rope) be required throughout the 19 excercises?

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Tori,
    At liberty is fine. But if you are planning to use tack you will need to school her again with tack. I am always fine with liberty. If I had my way horses would always be in a herd and loose.

Karen Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

I was able to go to the barn tonight and try walking around Glen while he stands still. We had to do this in the stable aisle – the arena was busy and it was dark outside. He doesn’t have a stall so that left the aisle. Well, he doesn’t really ever stand still – he was mirroring my every move. I don’t want to make it sound like he was jiggying around… he just moved when I moved. So, I tried gently tugging his halter with my hand and said “whoa” at the same time and stood still so he would get the idea – and then I took a step. The first time he followed me, but the second try he didn’t move until I reached his shoulder… kind of funny, but I took it as progress and decided we’d keep this low key and just try the other side… same thing.. mirrored me so I gently tugged the halter, said “whoa” and stood still.. he seemed to get the idea and then I was able to move to about his shoulder on the other side before he felt he had to swing around with me. I also stopped tugging on the halter and just said whoa, stood for a moment and then walked to about his shoulder and said good boy. I was only able to take a couple of steps in either direction but I’m sure after we do this for a couple of weeks he’ll get the gist and quiet down and stand still while I take my walk. We will just take it, literally, one step at a time. Good, simple exercise though. I really had no idea that he was always moving while I was around. He’s so pleasant that I never really thought about making him be still like this. I’m guessing this will translate out nicely to the saddle. Just for the record, Glen is sometimes difficult to stop in the saddle, but I can make him slow down by using my voice and telling him to do the next slower gait, such as “trot!” when cantering or “walk!” when trotting. He is very sensitive for such a big chunky guy… so we have some work to do!

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Karen,
    CAn you imagine that when he learns to stand still how it will help you for the saddle? YOu are approaching the lesson in the right way.

      Karen Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

      Yes, I am very excited about this… I am a total believer in what you have on the ground you have in the saddle.

Dianne - 6 years ago Reply

Been out of town, will start tomorrow. Thanks!

Irmgard Lipp - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, just checking in. It has been too cold and stormy lately to do much outside. Hope we have a nicer week with a little sun soon.
Irmgard

DebMccusker - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Just checking in. I am out of town for a few weeks but stil following along, and always learning from your blog and responses to other students. thankyou

Andrea Dennemarck - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
The first exercise with my two mares went very well. I own Ria, my Arabian mare for over six years and Mischka my TB/Welsh X for just six months and I can honestly say, that I have an excellent relationship with both. I studied horse behaviour and practised NHS for over three years but Ria was and still is my best teacher. I also spend a lot of time with my horses every day. Now that I discovered you and your method some months ago, I’m eager to learn the WR and the Uberstreichen exercises. To train my horses to step into self-carriage without a bit would be a dream to achieve. With your kind offer of free Uerberstreichen lessons and your guidance, I should be able to accomplish this. Thank you so much for sharing your exercises!
Andrea

shelley dunkin insiders circle - 6 years ago Reply

caroyln, checking in love, shelley

Ritambhara Tyson - 6 years ago Reply

I’m doing the first exercise with Sonny, my icelandic, and I can see an improvement in our connection in the 20 minutes we spent together. At first he didn’t want to stand as I walked around him, he wants to follow me. But then we got to the point where I could walk around him both directions and he waited for me. It brings up a question I have about “go trot” He doesn’t do that one very well. It’s very difficult for me to get him to leave me. Do I just get as “big” as it takes with my arm movements and jumping up and down for him to finally trot off from me?

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Ritambhara,
    This question I can address in the Waterhole Rituals Insider Circle Program for clearly.
    I can tell you now that if you get bigger it is got to be big enough to get your horse to trot or run away form you because if you fail to getting him to leave.
    you will desensitize him even more not to leave you. Run him off to a friend that has a tread will help him to leave. I call this the carrot game. Send him back and fourth. Make sure you can get him to go faster that want he planned on doing. This way you are able to direct him when he does not want to listen. You must be able to take charge of him. It can not be always on his terms.

    Hope this is of help.

Jan - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I am working with Jake on the UEs. He is getting more relaxed about having his head handled, will usually give when asked and is pretty good about staying in one place while I walk around him. All of this happens if he is in the mood to cooperate. If he is not, he goes into stallion mode, tosses him head and walks away.

Your guidance says to return him to the spot and hold him in place until he learns to stand without a rope- my problem is that he is so strong that he plows right through me if he doesn’t want to stand. It is a continuting challenge to elicit his cooperation when he gets like this and I err on the side of caution so as not to force him or engage in a battle of wills. I find that this works best and I can usually accomplish what I try to do with him in this way. Can you recommend anything to do differently? I feel very strongly about preserving his integrity. Please forgive me if this is outside the scope of things, but when I ask him for eye contact (not while doing the UEs), he gets slightly anxious and shy. When I look into his eyes, I am immediately filled with tears. This has happened several times lately.

I am troubled as I don’t know where this sorrow is coming from and I only want for him to feel happy and free.

I am grateful for your continued generosity.

Jan

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Jan,
    I could really help you over this problem with a phone coaching call. It would really be worth it to you.
    Do only what you can and avoid the battle. Work him when he is in the mood and get so guidance from some one you trust. I believe that when a Method does not move right along for you and your horse you need personal coaching to stay safe and not hurt the relationship.
    My method may be the wrong approach for you.
    We make a heart connection but we are teaching a horse that he must take our guidance when he might not want to. This does not mean training the horse when he is not in the mood. But we must take the time to get him do things he does not want to do to insure that we have a safe relations with a horse. Like eye contact and getting him to leave up or stay ways from food when we request him to.
    I have some questions. Would you like to be treated the way you are treating your horse? I would not like a mate that would cater to ever wish and be scared that that I might not be happy in all circumstances. I would not want a wet noodle as a leader.
    Stallions need to develop respect for us over their own wants and needs, this is true for any horse and it is better to get this done with a person that is not worried about hurting his feeling and has a strong back ground in training horses. I am not meaner with Stallions, I am sweeter but when I work with the Waterhole rituals I make sure he listens and does what I what him to in the moments he is in a good mood. I just know what I need to focus on.
    How many horses have you trained? Have you ever trained a horse fully with my method? If you have not you need to train a horse that is more willing so you lean the ropes of the method first before you take on the challenge of a Stallion. What i think might be going on for you is that you thing you do not have the right to tell him what to do if he is resistance to the idea. A coaching call may help you to see how to approach this matter in a way that you would agree is fair just more and effective.

    Hope this helps you in some way and hope you get back to me on this.

      Jan - 6 years ago Reply

      Hi Carolyn,

      Thank you for such a lengthy reply. I will call you soon for a coaching session. We are in a snow-freeze-snow cycle and it’s hard to focus on anything other than staying vertical when outdoors. I don’t want you to get the impression that Jake is worse than he is. He is very gentle and sweet-natured (A Gypsy Cob). I would say about 93% of the time he is willing and cooperative. Before he was weaned, I was worried that he would be too much to handle and his 7% remaining willful streak can be frustrating, but he is young and he never totally gets his way. He requires thought and management and I have learned to work around his willfulness so far.

      I also wanted to say that were it not for your method, I don’t think that the percentage would be as high as it is.

      I look forward to your ideas and suggestions.

      Jan

Laura Bold - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in late – been sick. I have determined Orlov and I are no where near ready to do the UE’s. I’m still working on the WHR’s, but am working on the first UE. It doesn’t feel possible when I am not able to be with him daily to make big progress. But we are making small, wonderful connections, and that feels good to me for now.
I’m very enthused to continue reading and learning though, so thank you Carolyn for this class!

Karen Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

Lots of snow here. Will be able to get down to the barn tonight and we’ll see how Glen does. He usually likes to follow me around everywhere so it may be a challenge to get him to stay still … but we shall see!

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Karen,
    You are in luck that your horse wants to follow you because when he learns this new request he will have it down pat. A horse that picks up something quickly will not usually be a solidly dependable on what he learns than one that you spend more time on.
    Have you taught your horse the Waterhole Rituals and does he know the game we play staying away for the food you put on the ground until you take he to it? This prepares the horse to learn how to wait. Halt comes so naturally to a horse when you approach it in this manner.
    Good luck and let is know how you do.

    Carolyn

      Karen Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

      I had purchased the WR but didn’t have the time then to concentrate on the exercises. Glen and I had already been doing some of the “rituals” quite by accident anyway so I had nearly forgotten about them… we will have to revisit WR now since I’m sure the WR will often be used as point of reference for the Uberstreichen exercises. I’ll let you know how we do this evening after I visit Glen at the barn and try some walking around while he stands still … hopefully stands still!

Andrea Schwiegel - 6 years ago Reply

Hello, Carolyn,
checking in.
Clarence is still tense and needs some time to relax, and there are still spots, where at first she does not like to be touched (neck, back and belly). When I insist, she finally accepts (or gives in). But her first reaction is always “no”. She was once a race-horse and I got her 2 years ago with back problems. When I walk her a lot on a loose line she finally relaxes. I feel she has bad memories of being touched, especially on the neck. Though she has been since last summer together with Coco, her paddock companion, who loves being groomed, I have never seen them grooming each other, even if they have a good relationship.
I started with walking around her and the first UE. She has still some resistance and comes down with her head only half way, not yet to the ground.
My question is: Shall I insist touching her very softly til she gives in or leave her once she says “no”? Can I start the UEs or better only do WHRs until she gets softer and more relaxed? I hope the UEs will bring her the relaxation.
Thank you for this wonderful course.
Andrea (IC 2010), Italy

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Andrea,
    Some times demand and some times not. If you are not getting a result with one approach you need to change it up for verity and to find the missing link. You do not need to get her head to the ground. Any give at all is great.
    This is a mistake people make that when a horse gives they want more. This is fine on a horse with no issues but not on your horse. It causes your horse to dig in harder and not want to comply because from her view point when she does give you get over baring by asking more and more.

    Groom her when she is eating her breakfast.

      Andrea Schwiegel - 6 years ago Reply

      Thank you, Carolyn, your advices are gold! I’m planning to bring her home to me, so I can see her every day, and not only three times a week. I already understood, it’s a long way with her, but since the insider circle we ‘ve made huge progress in shaping her behaviour (and also mine :)) with regard to food issues, giving feet, moving when I ask for it, standing still, walking by my side on a loose line, intimacy. I am so proud of her!

sherry thomson - 6 years ago Reply

hi carolyn, checking in and waiting for answer re; working with china in her stall it is a large box stall…. sherry insider circle 2010

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Sherry,
    You can use her stall if she is fine with it. Follow the format in the same way.
    Your circle will be very small.
    Horses I have worked with on lay up have moving up leaves in dressage just by these exercises.
    If might not be easy for you to learn because of all the adjustment you will need to make. You can try but I haven’t the time to help you with the changes that you will need to make. If you like you can always do a coaching call.

Cheryl Snowden - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. We are knee deep in snow, so UE1 was a perfect way to spend a little time in the barn aisle with each horse. Thanks for doing this with us.

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Cherly,
    This is way I offer them this time of year. It is amazing how much can be accomplished with them. Something that is really rewarding is to heat up a blanket and put it on your horse and let our horse warm up before begining and then add another one when it cools off.

Louise - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Just checking in.
Regards,
Louise

Barbara Janesick - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Checking in today. I love the concept of Self Carriage, and not supporting a horse with his every step. The horse learns to take responsibility for himself. We are together on this 100 Percent!

Take care, and thank you for all your efforts in striving to make the lives of horses better.

Barbara and Monie
birroyal@aol.com

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    we are on the same page. Sometimes support can actually handicap the movement. Much more schooling needs to be added to create a horse to be more responsible. More timing and a quicker response is needed from the horse.

Kerrie Stepnick - 6 years ago Reply

Hi, checking in

Bev Boynton - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, Just checking in today. Thanks, Bev

Melody Woodward - 6 years ago Reply

Im with you! this is great!

viki - 6 years ago Reply

Hi all, started first lesson with my waler Commadore. We have a start of a connection happening. Played at liberty first then asked him to stand while walking around him from both directions he was happy with this exercise but will practice more. Cant wait for the 4th lesson. Big thanks Viki

Val Secor - 6 years ago Reply

Hi there,
Just checking in.

Hannah Rivard - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in!

I played with stopping Maia on a release today, like we talked about on the phone (which was very helpful, thank you so much). Before, when I’d tried this, I tried to release from “nothingness” and because our connection wasn’t strong enough, it actually would turn more into pressure and surprise.

So today, I connected with the rein more. As she walked around/by me on the halter and line, I would pick up on the line until I felt we were mentally connected and she was ready to respond, and then I would release the line with strong intent. She stopped nearly every time! It was fantastic.

I started playing with releasing her into roundness as well, experimenting with what feel told her “stop” and what feel told her “self carriage.” It was a a great time.

Thank you for the help,
Hannah

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Hannah,
    When I lung a horse the horse carries the line with me. When I send the horse out on the circle the horse stepping away until she feels a light connection, to keep the connection light she then travels in a circle around me. If I feed line to my horse the horse will increase the circle. When I shorten the line the horse keeps the feel and this causes the horse to then make a smaller circle. long lining I have a light connection but riding it is unnecessary because the horse as me.

      Hannah Rivard - 6 years ago Reply

      Thank you for the tips! That sounds really neat, and perfect preparation for the horse following the contact/rein when riding. I will play with that and let you know how it goes!

Melissa Freeman - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.

Kath - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in for Lesson 3, will start today with both Serena and Tica.

Debbie Tornblom (WRIC 2010) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi,
We are having a wonderful couple of warmer weeks just as your Uberstreichen class begins!
Rocky and I have realized recently how to companion walk and are both enjoying this new beginning. I tried the first step of Uberstreichen two days ago and was pleased with the result. Just a baby step but I felt good about just asking and achieving a little bit. You are right about the working to overcome resistance being fun. We did some more tries today. I have to stop myself from going on too long with it. Sometimes Rocky will walk away, and I walk away from him too. Then he is interested in coming back over to me again when I ask him. Each of the two days we worked for about 10 to 15 minutes with just gentle downward pressure on the sides of the halter. The first day he resisted by putting his head high. Then today he put his head low. There was a relaxed spot in the middle that I would release for. He was quick to learn to stay in place when I walk around him. Just at the end today he relaxed his head for a brief moment and sighed.
I have also been able to make successful videos and they are instructive to me on my posture and his reactions. There are three or four cats running back and forth in the area where we are working and most of the time both Rocky and I are oblivious to them, concentrating on each other.
Thank you for this instruction, Carolyn.

Sharon Soule - 6 years ago Reply

just checking in–thanks

Brett Prichard - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks,
Just checking in….
B.

BonnieJBeresford - 6 years ago Reply

Signing in.
Carolyn, my plan is to do these exercises with my mare Folly. She stands very well as I circle her, and she seems to like my hands on her halter. We were not ready to do the UE’s last year, but after taking your WRIC course in 2010, we are right where we should be for this course.
I also want to try some of the beginning exercises with Chance, who is coming up to her second birthday. I know she is probably too young for the UEs but she is ready to learn to stand still on command and to learn self-control while I walk around her. I would like to see if she can develop a tolerance or even a liking for a floating hold on the halter. If that is as far as we can get during the course, I will not push for more than she can give me. My objective for her is to start developing her ability to be calm and to focus for longer and longer periods. I hope this will strengthen our bond.
Bonnie

Ruth - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
I have just ordered you’re WHR DVD and book . Thank you for this generous free class, I look forward to this new learning.
Best wishes
Ruth

cathy lewis - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

Checking in, no questions yet

Monique Ros - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in

Lots of love

Monique

Tine Meilby Friedrichsen - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Just checking in. I am very grateful for this opportunity.

Tine

Donna Cayce - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks, Carolyn. Playing with the Loopy Loo exercise.

Michelle Twohig - 6 years ago Reply

It’s me and Dodger, checking in.

leena kutti - 6 years ago Reply

checking in lesson 3

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

Hi Carolyn,
Checking in!

Regina

Annzara - 6 years ago Reply

checking in.Ready to start!

Tracy Litle - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Checking in and excited about getting started with my herd of 3.

carol - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in. No questions as of yet!
Thank you,
Carol

Karla Lauritsen - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thank you.

Gabrielle Hudson - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Checking in! Jack and myself will hopefully have another video of our progression in LL soon.

Rgds Gabrielle

Vickie - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Working with my 7 yr old OTTB. Havn’t done the WHR yet but we are bonded and I can easily rub my hands all over him, pick up his feet for any length of time etc. so I think we can start. He is somewhat stiff being an ex racehorse so I am hopeful this will be good for him (and me)

Hannelies Bongaerts - 6 years ago Reply

Hi,
I did the first UE this morning. First with Nikkidy (2,5 years old). She was great, at first she tried to eat my jacket and stuff and then all of a sudden she stood there and let me walk around her, 3 times leftbound, 3 times rightbound. And then she walked slowly to me and we were just standing, enjoying the moment.
This monday I took her to the horse clinic in Utrecht (The Netherlands) to have some x-rays taken of her hind leg. There is a major old injury on that leg, she was operated in june 2009 after going through the wire….
Bad news, to much artrosis and massy x-rays…
I had to shake my head a few times to realize what this meant (still don’t know actually or don’t want to know), then I called my friends and a holistic vet and decided to go there.
We continue our voyage together…a voyage with a lot of injuries in her young life….we started the treatment inmediately….I hope so that we can kill the pain so that she can still be a happy, merry young mare….

I was a kind off emotional this morning doing the UE 1.

With her mother, Star, I had a great play and she was super while riding together.
She was only patient enough to give me 1 leftbound and 1 rightbound circle around her…then came the little goat from the neighbors and she was distracted…

I’m happy to be able (again) doing your exercises with Nikkidy and I remember I wrote this before…pffffff….that was when you just had been operated first on her shoulder, later on on her hind leg….
I hope so cosmos gives me much more time with my lovely, funny young mare…
(and I’m very grateful to be able to spend so much time with my older mare Star (21), she is lovely and funny and sweet too…)

Thanks for sharing your exercises with us….

Hannelies

LorraineCampbell - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn
Just checking in.
Thanks
Lorraine

tine laperre - 6 years ago Reply

I keep on trying again and again… Thanks for sharing! tine

Toni Farrell - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn,

Checling in.

Thank you for more theory. I can always use it. I’m one of those “need to know why” people.

Toni

P.S. Natalie; loved the youtube video!

Connie Huibregtse - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Checking in!
Connie

Jackie Bowyer - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in – Thanks!

Nan Pantle - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn,

How lovely to watch your own growth in words and communication from last year to this one. Looking forward to this in book form with a DVD in a pocket in the back illustrating the words with real work. Sparrow is a 3 year old, mostly quarter horse lineage, born–a surprise to us–of a rescue mare we adopted and now just ready to go under saddle. I had practiced your first UE’s with her damn and aunt last year, tried them with her this past week as she is willing and so good with ground manners. She leads so well, I had never realized how “Locked Up” she was at the poll. An Ah-Ha moment. We look forward to the work. She stands readily. Thank you, thank you for your great generosity here. I am so moved.

Nan Pantle

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Nan,
    Most horses are locked up is some way. Can you imagine how had it is on a horse to trying to get a horse to come through and collect or lengthen under saddle when the horse did not have body work to help the horse to be fluid and signed in to the program?

Susan garvin - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, Thank you Carolyn.
Susan (Italy)

Deborah Hopkins - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in for class 🙂 I don’t own a horse, only co-board twice a week.
I am hoping I can still progress with the UE without daily practice!

I do have a question about the concept of contact rein. I am a low level dressage rider. The little Appaloosa I ride really appreciates a light contact
(versus heavy handed) and opportunities to stretch on a long rein throughout our ride, which I gladly oblige.

But my understanding is that is better to have some contact with the bit, to avoid any jerking effects of off and on contact. So I try to maintain a consistent light contact, even when the mare is stretching on a loose rein. Is this approach compatible with what you are teaching Carolyn?

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Deborah,
    Harmony and connection is always appreciated. It is good to practice release then pick up the reins to the connection that is light and the give the aid.
    The Uberstreichen Exercises are going to give you this ability. Why ride with out contact for a beginning horse and rides is so the rider and horse lean how to communicate and perform from your seat first then your rein aids have more authority and clarity. Practice both with and with out contact if you can with out hurting the unity with your horse. When I rode I rode both ways.
    I could tell what was needed in the moment.

karin kozlowski - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Checking in.

Karin

TK - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in… can’t wait to get started. =)

Natalie van Andel - 6 years ago Reply

A question: where do leave the rope? Should i hang it over his nek? or should i keep it loosly in my hand, while i walk around him? or drop it on the floor?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZuSBF7Scck&feature=player_embedded

Is this something similar to what you mean with:
“An example of this would be a cutting horse that cuts cows on his own without direction. However, he is always prepared to take direction in a moment’s notice. “?

Found this on my facebook page just now! (looked like a funny coincidence!) 😉

    Carolyn Resnick - 6 years ago Reply

    Dear Natalie,
    Just leave the rope hang. This way you can pick it up quickly. Use a short rope.
    This is an amazing video. What a net horse.
    It is almost what I am talking about. What I am talking about is when you are on the horse’s back and you can let him cut the cow and in a moments notice the horse will stop his pursuit if you ask him to do something else. It is the dance together.

Natalie van Andel - 6 years ago Reply

Checked in and off to the barn to try it out with Gwaihir!

Lorrie - 6 years ago Reply

checking

StephanieBrinkman - 6 years ago Reply

Good Morning Carolyn!
Checking in with much enthusiasm.
Stephanie

Cori - 6 years ago Reply

Got your WHR DVD last week and I see a much improved attitude from my two geldings and stallion who all run loose together in my back yard. I have begun some liberty with the two geldings both separate and together and the stallion on his own.

The loopty loo was no problem with all of them. And standing while I circle is just fine too.

Thanks for offering this course!

Cori from FL

Monique Cavallari - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, thank you!

Monique

Willow - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn;
Checking in. I have been working with the WHRs for over a year with my horse, but have not done them all as yet. We still have 2 to go. I have taken them very slowly, but the bond is so worth the wait. Before I found you I had tried the “round pen” thing, only to find that it caused resentment and distance between me and my horse. I have found that she will do anything I ask at liberty as long as there is a treat involved. Even when she is reluctant to do what I ask of her, I can usually sweet talk her into it by whispering to her, or just pause and wait, depending on what I am asking. This first UE she already does very well at liberty without tack of any kind. I just ask her to stay and she does. I have had her stand in one place like this for as long as 15 minutes before asking her to come to me. I truly believe she is ready for the UEs even though we have not accomplished all of the WHRs.
She was 2 when I got her and will be 4 in March. I have only ridden her a few times due to the weather this winter. She had never been ridden before I got her and the first time I mounted her she did not buck or kick or act up in any way. She is so willing to please. Thank you so much for sharing your method. My journey has only begun and I look forward to your next UE lesson. Willow

Toby Houtman - 6 years ago Reply

checking in

Christine Hudson - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn, I am checking in. Istarted the UEs (the very beginning) with 2 horses, Marcus and Shadow and have already experienced how they strengthen the bond. A new horse sighting: when I rode Shadow through the woods on Sunday, I only used a loose rope on his halter (instead of the bridle)and he was very relaxed and responsive. Usually, we have to be prepared for spookiness and heavyness on the reins – a much happier horse – and rider.

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

Hi Checking in.

Thank you.

Rosemary

Helen Edwards Lutsch - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in! I did the “Loopi Loo” (I think that is what you called it) with my fjord and it worked perfectly first try. Waited awhile and did it again to check, and again no problems. We are looking forward to continueing the exercises!

Brenda de Lang - 6 years ago Reply

Hi, checking in.

joanna blake - 6 years ago Reply

checking in

Silje - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in!
I found out how to bring down my horse’s energy to make him attentive, and will start working with him standing on his own.
All I need to do is take him out on a little hike (it’s been to icy earlier this winter), or just stand with him until he relaxes if he’s in a good mood for it. Being together and doing something together – like walking – brings him a lot closer to me, and it feels wonderful:)

Thank you for this lesson, looking forward to what’s to come!

federica cipriani - 6 years ago Reply

morning Caroline!!!!!
I am checking in.

kisses from Italy

Becky - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,
Checking in.
I have a horse called Fairy who I started to do the Waterhole Rituals with, but only started. But going to give the Uberstreichen Exercise’s a go!
Thanks,
Becky

Kerry Grange UK - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn

Checking in.

Going to start these exercises with my 2yr old Arabian gelding.

Marja van Run - 6 years ago Reply

Thank you Carolyn, checking in.

Geerteke Kroes - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Thanks for session #3.
Am starting THE WORK (sounds like Byron Katie, do you know her??) from a distance visualising with my three fourlegged pupils.
Three geldings, 2 horses, Marcello and Vainqueur, and 1 pony, Robin.

I will let you know how they reacted:-))

As my visualisation is all done with and from the heart – heart energy – in combination with technical and anatomical viewpoints I would love your reaction on practicing this ueberstreichen exercises travelling the path of visualisation with the aim of helping other horses as well.
It can be offered to our own horses without our physical presence if for some reason or other that should be the case.
Also it can be offered to a horse or horses that might be in need of such interaction, but are outside our ‘jurisdiction’. Anything that is offered FROM THE HEART does not need advance permission. I have had a wonderful, miraculous and beautiful experience after having attended a Quantum Level II workshop.

2 days after my accident I started to QT Supercharge the wounded area. 2 weeks later I attended a 2-day QT Level II workshop. That was total synchronicity. 3 weeks after the accident xrays showed a healed collarbone. I am 62 yrs old. Normal healing time is at least 5 to 6 weeks. GOOD BODY, GOOD ENERGY, GOOD INTENTION.
I am still continuing giving me and anybody I feel could use some this good energy and good intention.

I feel this is a human sighting.
This human sigthing can be used to support our horses.

Thank you, Geerteke

Judit Pinterics (in-a-box, 2010) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
checking in with my 3 horses: Vince – 19yr. old standardbred gelding, who thinks, he is a stallion, and having a special charisma; Héra – 14 yr. kisbéri mare (leading mare on the pasture in a small herd of 5 horses)she is proud, sensitive, willingful and independent; Katinka – 8 yr. old kisbéri mare, who is very sensitive, kind, child-lover, and works happily, loving every new tasks.
I’m looking forward these UE exercises. Thanks a lot!

Katja Behrens - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Me too I am very curious about how it will work this time with the UE. I still do the first one on a regular basis and my guess is, that it will work much better this time, because I will understand them better. Last winter we went up to the 4th. Not sure if Saracen did like them all…I think the problem was also that I wasn’t fully clear of the purpose really – but he definitely improved with the first one, which made a nice difference.

carolyn j - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn

Just checking in- thank you for clarifying the point at which we are ready- inclusive for people that havnt done the Water Hole Rituals –

you explanation that a horse with good ground manners etc is ready to start was great as I know now that my horse is ready.

Carolyn J

I love the vacuum cleaner analogy too !!!!

Sue Kemp - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. The deep snow has melted in Scotland and the weather is warmer so we can make a start.

Tori Cullins "In the Box" - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and processing!

Jane Lewis - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Caroline,

Just checking in. Thank you,

Jane

Elodie Belz - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Just checking in!

Elodie

Chris - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn
I am checking in for the first time for the Uberstreichen exercises.
Best wishes
Chris

Abigail Morris - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Checking in; I like the vacuum cleaner analogy, less is more, and so hard to do sometimes.

Abigail

Jill Odgers - 6 years ago Reply

Hi,

Checking in

Jill

Laurinda Reinhart - 6 years ago Reply

checking in, thanks!

Sophia Kambylis - 6 years ago Reply

hello carolyn, hello all,

this sure is a lot of reading let alone trying out and definitely worth it – thank you!

I will try some of this on thursday.

sending dancing snowflakes and crisp air from munich in germany,

sophia

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

Checking in!

Carol LaCorte - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

I’m excited to start these exercises with Banner again. We’ve been building trust and friendship over the past year, so the timing of this course is just right for us.

Thanks! –Carol

Larry - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn

Signing in with 7 horses.

Larry

pnaake - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, Just checking in. Very excited to be starting these exercises again.
Peta

jessie roman - 6 years ago Reply

There is a reply attributed to me that wasn’t what I wrote.

jessie roman - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.

Anna&Capri - 6 years ago Reply

I’m still here. Will try #1 tomorrow.
Anna & Capri

stina - 6 years ago Reply

We look forward to share UE1 with 3 horses tomorrow.
We are working with Darling an independend strong mindend lead mare, Jack her willing partner and a young very smart mare Magic with lots opinions and always have a lot on her mind.

Sun, Wind and Rain from Stina

Celia McCormack - 6 years ago Reply

Hi,

Great that you are doing the exercises again.. checking in!!

Celia

sherry thomson - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, I am working with 4 horses China a 6yr old Andalusian, her sister Mia who is 5, these two were sent away by their owner when they were 3 to be” broken” and they came back with spirit “broken” I have been doing WHR and getting trust and bond you may remember the 5 yr. old when I did insider circle I had to work very slowly with her just to get her out of the paddock and into the barn she would have diarrhoea all the way to the barn be covered in lather and in quite a state. Through WHR she comes in to the barn every night and is calm and waiting at the gate for me to get her she is great for the ferrier as well. Can I do the exercises with her in her stall it is about Ft 20 by 20 Ft ? I don’t think she is ready for the arena. My horse Cash a 10 yr. old thoroughbred and Meerie a Canadian quarter horse. They have all benefited immensely from WHR as they are part of a herd of 8 and I did the rituals with the herd. Thanks for getting us this far and I look forward to progressing. Namaste Sherry

deborah johnson - 6 years ago Reply

checking in. Watched the Horse Whisperer tonight. Haven’t seen it in years. Saw it through your eyes tonight, thanks to the whr’s. If ya’ll haven’t seen that movie for a long time, watch it again. Gunner has the “standing still” thang down, but we’ll keep practicing!

amanda savill - 6 years ago Reply

Checking-in.
thank you.

Amanda

Ann Rasmussen - 6 years ago Reply

Signing in!! Just started receiving your blog. Is there any way to get the first two lessons? Thanks, Ann

Shira Nafshi - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. This first exercise is one I can do (and do a lot) with all three of my horses. We look forward to learning all of the exercises!

Leanna Kielian - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Checking in. Thought your discussion today/tonight was very clearly written and easy to visualize and understand.

I started new journal for this course. The first pages are reminders about True heart paths and a definitions of “Leaders” from Deepak’s Chopra’s recent video interview & more recent writings…For me it goes nicely with your Waterholes Reflections( Meditations with Horses in Nature) DVD as another preparation and evaluation tool for myself.

Thank you for the possibilities of this journey

Leanna

Nancy Goslin - 6 years ago Reply

Both of us are Present and in the Power of Now! We can do this first step and are awaiting further instructions! Once again, thank you CR for the opportunity to learn and gain from your experience.
Nancy

Stephanie Cowles - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thank you.

StephanieMorse - 6 years ago Reply

checking in

Lisa Teniswood - 6 years ago Reply

thanks carolyn
cant wait to get started

Carol Lewis - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn, Checking in….

The weather in the mountains of West Virginia is not always conducive to getting much done in the winter, but I have been fitting it in when possible. I have done a lot of ground work with my horse and this exercise is something that I have done with him, many times, in a somewhat different fashion, but the same principle. I understand the value of this and look forward to the rest of the exercises.

I also work at a rural non-profit residential treatment facility for youth as a therapist and I am developing an equine therapy program there. We have 5 horses that have been donated to us, and I plan to also use these exercises with them. I love this, from your Self Carriage Section of Lesson 3:

“The less the rider has to direct the better the quality of the dance.”

Carol L

Juergen Rust - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,
Checking in; I will work with three horses; my 25 year young Polish warmblood, and with two 13-14 year old standard breds, which I am driving in a carriage (or sleigh at the moment). I will keep notes because they will react very differently, I think.
With my old guy I did up to medium level dressage and when he is in the right mood he is beautiful. So I think it will help him a lot.
The other two spent their previous life on the track and they will need it badly.
I am very much looking forward to the experience.
Thank you, Carolyn, for the opportunity.
Juergen

Jackie Decker - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. I’ll be trying these exercises out tomorrow with our horses.

Megan - 6 years ago Reply

Signing in.

Lisa Hill - 6 years ago Reply

“Just think you may gain the “hands” of more than a master these days with practice” Thank you Carolyn for giving us the hope and desire to achieve this. I loved that closing! “May the horse be with you.”

Tammy - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

checking in.

Able to say that both Annie and Lilly do this first step with us naturally as I prefer to trim always at liberty; however

I have a question. Is this ok to work with? or should I be aware of some aspect of it I don’t realise?:-

I noticed with Annie right from our very early days together that she occasionally needs to squeal and take off before she can continue with what I am asking of her. Watching her accomplish this thing that she feels is important for her to be allowed to do I noticed that she is much calmer and ready to consider doing “the task” again and for a bit longer. I take this behaviour as her cue of telling me that she needs a moment. I am happy to go with it because I see there is a benefit and its becoming less needful for her to do; (also she sometimes walks right back up to me for me to continue. On occasion she will position herself on the side she next wants me to attend to and lift the hoof for me.)

We have not been part of your personal tuition yet; and I have not tried the Water Hole rituals on my own.

thank you, your post was lovely to read.

virginia (in the box) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi, Carolyn,
Just checking in. Will start with having Snowy stand still while I walk around him.
Thanks so much for doing this again.
Virginia

Emily Glidden - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in.

Pat Lawrie (Inner Circle 2010) - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and thank you.

Marianne - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in!

Lila "Horse Muse" Harding - 6 years ago Reply

Carolyn, I cant agree more about your statement “Training horses is like running a vacuum cleaner. If you are in a hurry, the vacuum cleaner is not as effective as it would be if you pushed it slowly.” I have certainly found the slowing down and taking more of a floating and slowed down approach in all of my work with horses has had a big impact.

Lila

Lianne Bowman - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and so very relieved that I understand this! I am usually a very visual-hands on learner so I was afraid I might not. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity to learn and play something new with my horse 🙂

priv_ljtindal - 6 years ago Reply

Thanks Carolyn

Checking in
Leanne

gail pennington - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thank you!

Kathy Cavanah - 6 years ago Reply

Hello Carolyn,

Checking in.

Anne-Marie - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. I love the idea of self-carriage.

Ronda Hanning - 6 years ago Reply

I attended!

Mary Pepper - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in – Thanks

Daria - 6 years ago Reply

signing in…love these posts, new to horse riding and ownership, so every little bit of info I can get helps…;-)

Samantha Martel - 6 years ago Reply

Hi

Checking in and very anxious to start – will be doing our first tomorrow morning.

Thanks yet again!
Samantha

Debbie Antolak - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn, just checking in and will get started on lesson one tomorrow:)

mitzi - 6 years ago Reply

Dear Carolyn,

Checking in 🙂

We started some of the UE’s last year in your class and I am very excited about continuing to learn and deepening the bond.

Mitzi (WRIC class 2009)

Sabrina Ferris - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and looking forward to practicing soon…Sabrina

Gretchen Austin - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in- looking forward to the changes in my little Welsh mare who is the most unsure of me of the three in my barn right now. She still thinks I’m an alien conducting behavior modification experiments on her. Hopefully soon she will see me as a friendly candidate for a fulfilling inter-species relationship!
-Gretchen

Jill Mora - 6 years ago Reply

Checking In! Can’t wait to try it out tonight!

Jill

Rathel Gincig - 6 years ago Reply

I am from the first WRIC class last year. I regularly use the rituals and share them with my students. I am following this UE session with great interest. Thanks!

Marcia Weaver - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in and very excited to apply what I learn.

Ellen Allen - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in.

Victoria Cummings - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity!

Beth Schang - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in – I like to think of UE as yoga *with* my horse; relaxing, focusing and centering myself first so that I come to my horse, Cookie, without external or internal distractions. I think you shared just this with us last year 🙂

Carrie Eastman - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in. Excited to begin.

Wilma van Wyngaarden - 6 years ago Reply

Looking forward to consistent practice.

Thank you
Wilma

sheila - 6 years ago Reply

checking in, and now have a 3rd mare to my herd. with patience, with breath, looking forward

Marilyn (In a Box) - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

Just checking in. I am eagerly looking forward to all 19 Uberstreichen Exercises! Wonderful theory lessons!

Kate Gustke - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn –
signing in and excited to get started!

Kate Gustke and Safiib

Patti G. - 6 years ago Reply

Thank You!
Checking in, and excited to get started.

Alessandra Deerinck - 6 years ago Reply

Just checking in!

Dawn - 6 years ago Reply

Signing in. Your explanations are great.

Christine Schetter - 6 years ago Reply

Checking in, thanks so much Carolyn!

Laura Kerley - 6 years ago Reply

Hi Carolyn,

How exciting! Signing in. 🙂

Laura

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