Every time you interact with a horse (or a person for that matter) you have an opportunity to learn. For me this is easy to remember when it is a ‘new’ horse, one that is new to me or a young one. In this video Gus is allowing me to see the way that he thinks. He is curious, playful and confident (which is evident by his willingness to lay down near me). Standing back and watching, interacting with an open mind, allows me to see these things.
Where I have to work harder is when I know my horse (or my husband, kids, friends, etc). For some reason familiarity breeds laziness and we assume we already know all there is to know. Do you find that true in your life?
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WHY IS MY HORSE...?
No one taught you the skills you need to work through these things.
Riders often encounter self-doubt, fear, anxiety, frustration, and other challenging emotions at the barn. The emotions coursing through your body can add clarity, or can make your cues indistinguishable for your horse.
Learning these skills and begin communicating clearly with your horse.
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