The Feel between you defines the partnership.
There is SO much more to enjoy in our horses when we become the kind of leader they enjoy following - not because things will get uncomfortable if they don't or for the promise of a tasty bite, but because of how good the partnership FEELS. In the end, it is the Feel between you that defines the partnership and with it, the connection that is possible between you.
The most important qualities are a burning desire to know our horses better (and ourselves in the process), and some time to explore three inter-connected areas.
- The inner Feel we offer reflects a deeper mindfulness than is possible in combination with the conventional, judicious use of pressure. This shift happens to match exactly what the horse tends to be seeking, especially when he's troubled for whatever reason.
- We carry that Inner Feel through the equipment in a connection that then carries through the horse to his feet, not at the horse's body.
- We get in Flow with his timing and guide him from right there, instead of correcting his Flow or suggesting he figure out how to stop us interrupting Flow with pressure.
Each area activates an important shift in strategy through detailed step-by-step practices. Together they guide the process of initiating and maintaining a close communication in Flow with your horse.
Remember it’s the little things that work together to produce big changes in your partnership. Worry not! The what, why and how are defined in detail. And because everything is connected, when you refine your skill in one detail in one area, it benefits the whole. And perfection is not required!
When these small changes in mindset, focus and technique are practiced “Well enough, enough of the time and for long enough” (as my students often hear me say) your horse’s view of you and the partnership naturally shifts into a new zone.
So you can snuggle down and enjoy the ride at your own pace, knowing where you are in the process and what to do next!
Take a peek inside each area!