I received these videos from a student, showing the difference she made in her horse. My student, Marissa, practiced a combination of simple exercises in dressage, clicker training, and Loving Presence for a few months, and her horse Gemma surprised us with offering this lovely balance.
From This: (Before Video)
To This: (After Video)
Yes, this is the same horse!
A french term that simply means “training.”
To me, it means more than circles, half passes, and piaffe.
To me, it represents a life long journey in deep communication and connection.
Horse and Rider together in balanced movement.
2. Clicker training
The sound of a click meant a tasty treat would be delivered to her mouth.
To repeat a behavior that we wanted so she could continue to practice it.
To know that whatever she was doing when she heard a click, if she did it again, she would get another treat.
3. Loving Presence
A unique form of mindfulness that fosters connection with your horse.
It’s not about your horse, it’s not about you, it’s about how the two of you meet together.
Whatever your goals are and the things you really want to do don’t matter in the present moment of connection with your horse
These videos show Gemma at the walk, which right now is all she can manage in organizing her body in the new found way. We will be careful to work with her slowly and get feedback from her about what she is comfortable doing, a part of the Loving Presence program of connecting with your horse.