Given that horses are such sensitive animals it is also very important for us to take good care of ourselves. This is true physically, emotionally and mentally as any imbalances could affect the horse and his behaviour in negative ways:
- If we are physically out of balance then this will affect how we sit on the horse, and our aids will be different on one side compared to the other.
As soon as a rider gets on a horse it changes the horse’s shape and balance considerably. Horses move differently at liberty compared to having just a saddle on, and very differently again with a rider on board.
- If we are out of balance emotionally or mentally, even just ‘having a bad day’, the horse will pick up on this and it will affect his mood too.
As humans, we often live in a busy, fast-paced world, and have learnt to turn down our sensitivity. We must often come across as uncomfortably loud and pushy to our equine friends!
Their way of being is much softer and more subtle, meaning that we might miss their signals because we drown them out with our own noise and busy-ness.
Using our breath and getting present can help to:
- bring our energies down
- calm our rushing, busy minds
- bring ourselves more into focus and alignment
- open ourselves to the world and communication of the horse.
If we are not used to doing this, it can take a little time to tune in at first – to calm our busy minds and find that inner stillness – but the effort will be worth it! I recommend taking a look at the work of Jenny Rolfe and James French to help with this.
When we are relaxed and grounded our horses will pick up on this energy and respond to it. They in turn will feel calmer and happier and consequently will be more able to respond to what we ask for – and our asking will be clearer!
We also benefit in that we become more receptive to them, being quicker to pick up on anything that feels a little ‘off’ and therefore being able to respond in a timely and appropriate way.
This kind of interaction will quickly build a deep rapport and trust between you and your horse and he will really open up to you. Your relationship will reach a whole new level.
When we begin to listen in this way, our horses will teach us so much! On one level they mirror what is going on inside us, bringing us face-to-face with our own energy, which we, so often, are not fully conscious of. (If you would like to explore this further and how it can benefit you and your horse you might like to take a look at Rosie Withey’s work through Horses as Teachers: http://www.horsesasteachers.co.uk/)
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