Alternative Horsemanship
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What is Alternative Horsemanship?

Alternative Horsemanship horse and rider training approaches teach equine enthusiasts the awareness, recognition, and belief of the horse's communication and how to create a willing equine partner.

Developed over three decades by Samantha Harvey, it is based on teaching introspection of the rider, rather than the common generalized, quick-fix, and mainstream horse training offered in a 1, 2, 3 step type program.

As equine students learn to recognize the root cause of unwanted behaviors in their horses, they can practice the horsemanship skill-sets needed to offer specific communication toward their horse. Doing so offers non-critical thoughtfulness in the human and horse, or an "alternative" approach. 

Equestrian students learn to acknowledge both their own and the horse's behavior patterns. Increasing awareness of self-deprecating or distracting thoughts, emotional triggers (in both them and the horse,) and how to replace this reactive critical thinking with positive alternatives. The shift in rider's clarity allows them to make proactive decisions that offer the horse specific guidance and support. This helps riders learn to recognize potentially unrealistic expectations of their equine partner.

If a horse is stressed, fearful, or is concerned, physically asking more of him at his peak worry, teach him that humans will add pressure and critique rather than help him work through an unsure moment.

When the horse is continually coerced into physical compliance, and forced to contain his fear, eventually there will be an explosion of dramatic and dangerous behavior as he becomes overwhelmed.

Educating horseback riding students to understand their body language, clarify their intentions, and recognize the horse's responses helps the horse learn to participate reasonably and diminishes worried, fearful, or dangerous behavior.

My goal is to help students learn how to build a quality equine partnership based on mutual respect and trust. Riders learn how to have a "Conversation" with their horse to create mentally available, physically willing, and reasonable equine partners. Taking the time to address the seemingly minor details that can lead to significant "cracks" in the partnership allows a continual progression that empowers students to independently use their newfound skills to work with their horse in the "real world," irrelevant of their chosen discipline.

Horsemanship and horseback riding students are taught a combination of explaining horse behavior, biomechanical riding concepts, and addressing the rider's mental focus to develop into supportive riders. 

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Horses, Humans & Pressure Livestream w Q & A Monday 12/5 @ 2pm pst

Join in the group discussion addressing many overlooked aspects of horses, humans, and pressure, that often lead to Mental and Physical Avoidance in the equine.
Please comment with any questions related to this topic below. I'll try to answer as many as I can.
Replay will be available if you miss the LIVESTREAM.

Live Streamed on November 23, 2022 9:06 PM ET
The "Quiet Horse" Part 4 - Maintaining the Curiosity

Join me in the final LIVESTREAM on this topic-
Discussing the following through from the Human in recognizing the subtle triggers causing the horse to resort to avoidant and mentally shutting down behaviors.

PLEASE NOTE
This will be on Wednesday, November 23rd, at 6pm pst as I'll be traveling to work in South America on Friday!

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Live Streamed on November 18, 2022 9:00 PM ET
The "Quiet" Horse Part 3

Reawakening and Engaging the Horse's Curiosity to increase his willingness to participate.

Livestream Nov 18th 6pm pst
Replay Available

00:22:34
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Horses, Humans & Pressure Livestream w Q & A Monday 12/5 @ 2pm pst

Join in the group discussion addressing many overlooked aspects of horses, humans, and pressure, that often lead to Mental and Physical Avoidance in the equine.
Please comment with any questions related to this topic below. I'll try to answer as many as I can.
Replay will be available if you miss the LIVESTREAM.

The Human Agenda

So many horseback riders I meet have forgotten...

"It" isn't just about the human experience, the end goal, their emotional outlet, or their temporary escape from reality.

"It" isn't about creating a one-sided experience filled with demands and self-imposed "have tos."

"It" isn't about keeping up with anyone else's accomplishments, trying to fit in, or follow trends.

When riders let go of the thoughts and intentions that sabotage so many equine partnerships, "it" can become about mental presence, observation, experimentation, two-way Conversations, refinement, emotional calm, developing skill sets, believing and acknowledging the horse, and allowing for time to build a trust based togetherness.

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Help! My Horse "Suddenly" Quits Moving Forward

The theme of the past few days has been new folks asking for help with horses that are going "fine" and then the horse "randomly" or suddenly stops, or quits, moving forward.
First, nothing is random when a horse does it. You may not know why the horse did it, but it was not an accident... Including all those times he "accidentally" rubbed your leg on the fence or put you under a low branch while riding.
Second, the body is a reflection of the horse's brain and emotions.
So is the real problem the horse is not moving forward? No.
That is the result of his asking for support that was ignored and "answered" with a "driving" him into doing something. Which may have appeared to have "worked" until it didn't.
The question should be, what was all the activities or scenarios asked of the horse prior to the moment of "final resistance"?
When/where were the INITIAL signs of insecurity, resistance, or him being unsure?
So take a few minutes and play detective:
Did the horse start looking away ...

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