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Horses, Humans & Adaptability

Adaptability

People and horses get stuck in a mental/physical rut as to the quality and intention of the Conversations and interactions with their horse.

Without having to "go anywhere" there are so many scenarios that you can create to help you assess, then address and refine, in your own clarity, communication, and adaptability.

Notice how receptive your horse is when asked something different from what he has learned to expect if you change your normal patterns of interaction.

These seemingly insignificant moments or minor changes contribute to you building a thoughtful and intentional partnership with your horse so that the day you need to ask something unexpected of your equine partner, he is mentally available and physical soft towards participating in the unfamiliar.

How do YOU and YOUR horse respond if:

You go into the pasture/stall with a halter in your hand, but don't immediately catch your horse.

You open the gate/stall door but don't go out it.

When you do go out the gate, you stop and talk to someone, instead of continuing on to wherever the tack up area is.

You tack up "wrong"- place your saddle blanket on the horse's neck or rump instead of the "normal" area, or change the order by bridling before you saddle.

You lead from the horse's right side.

Mount/dismount from the horse's right side.

You mount/dismount multiple times throughout a session.

At the end of the ride you head all the way back to the "normal" dismount area, then turn around and head back out as if you were doing another ride.

Many riders due to time limitations, convenience, or lack of awareness, create patterns in the interaction with the horse. This often leads to mindless moments as human and horse are going through the motions during much of their time together.

Folks are frequently shocked at how little it takes to "bother" their horse, and then how much effort it takes to help the horse let go of his defensiveness when not asked what was anticipated or was familiar to him.

Instead of avoiding potential "holes" in your horsemanship, view recognizing them as an opportunity to address and "fill" them.

Remind yourself to not have self-critique or critically reactive responses towards the horse if he offers unexpected moments. His physical behavior is a reflection of his mental and emotional state.

Take his feedback towards you changing things up as learning opportunities, rather than being under the illusion he is "fine" and then experiencing "all of a sudden" moments.

By acknowledging and refining areas in how and when you offer quality support towards the horse, helps him increase his adaptability and reasonableness.

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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
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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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