Does your horse:
1. Tune you out
2. Lean on the bit
3. Doesn’t listen
If this is you, something could be missing in your relationship with your horse.
Here’s a curious thing: you don’t have to know what is missing in order to figure it out. Once you acknowledge that there is a gap between you and your horse, the gap gets smaller and your horse starts to tune you in more often.
Here’s a easy exercise to help your horse tune in to you more often. Take 5 minutes to do it and struggle less and connect more. You can do this in groundwork with your horse or in the saddle.
- Read through these instructions. Then set things up In the area where you’re going with your horse. Choose a starting point and two other places (about 12 feet away from each other) where you will stop with your horse. You can mark the places with a cone, or use natural marking points such as a pile of poop, a rock, a tree or a bush.
- When you’re ready, Go with with horse to the starting point. Breathe in slowly and breath out slowly 3 times.
- Walk your horse to Point B. Stop and name one thing that your horse appreciates about you. Say it out slowly loud as you look at your horse.
- Walk your horse to Point C. Stop and name a second thing that your horse appreciates about you. Say it out slowly loud as you look at your horse.
- Return to your starting point. Stop and name a third thing that your horse appreciates about you. Say it slowly out loud as you look at your horse.
- Breathe in slowly and breath out slowly 3 times.
- Then go work and play with your horse as you usually do and/or as you’ve planned.
Do you have questions about this exercise? What did you discover? What does you horse appreciate about you? I’d love to know! Post below, or on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/marykaydressage