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Patience, Humans & Horses

Patience

I've had many comments over the years about how I seem to never lose patience with the horse during moments that for most people would trigger a rollercoaster of emotions... such as in the scenarios of when a horse resists:

Being caught
Trailer Loading
Bolts when Led
Won't stand still for the rider to mount

None of the above are the horse's actual issues. Instead, they are symptomatic responses reflecting the many missed "building blocks" that go into the equine's education that creates a solid foundation.

So when I see these and numerous other unwanted behaviors, I translate the responses from the horse as his way of showing his fear, defensiveness, and anticipation, or the "holes" in his education.

If my priority is to address his concerns, build his trust, and encourage his try when asked to participate in a completely unnatural scenario, then "it"- the communication- has nothing to do with my feelings or emotions.

The more neutral I can be in accepting and believing the animal's honest communication without inserting judgment of it, the more specific and supportive I can be in helping him work through it.

The irony is when people remove the "I want," and address the horse in a way that has meaning to him, the equine will offer far more than the human could have ever imagined.

Have you struggled with emotions that cause you to become impatient?

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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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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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