Look at the whole picture before you judge someone
What is wrong with being a loner? That was the question I asked myself. Nothing I would say although on the other hand a couple of good friends, a partner or even relatives and of course your mom and dad if they are still around. Those are the ones that you need to get the unfinished stuff out of your system. I grew up in a small village at the lakeside in Friesland a place that doubled her population in summer months with tourism and in the winter we lived together like how it goes in a small community.
In those days it was normal to go to elementary school and on Sundays you either went to Sunday school or church in the village. Everyone knew each other so if you did something bad the social control was doing her job. And before you were home your parents knew already about it or the message was on it's way.
Nowadays I drive a commuter bus through the city of Groningen and I see and hear a lot of things that I hardly could imagine during my youth. In this city you are anonymous and some lay dead for many weeks in their shabby apartment's. You also see a growing number of homeless people and drug addicts. They hardly respect anything or anyone as they are surviving in the big mass. Armed robbery is a growing problem as the value of life is forgotten. They will attack you for less than € 50,- Yes, I was thought that everyone should be treated equal no matter what your background is. I learned a lot of animals they simply accept you if you can accept them. In my days on board I read a lot about psychology and was stunned by the fact that I have learned most things through natural and holistic behavior of these great animals.
In my youth I grew up in between horses and ponies and a lot of other animals. I learned that every animal should be treated with respect and you should give them some affection but most of them are not cuddly animals, you learn from scratch how to command respect. You're the boss and there is no doubt about that. The horse is the worker and you're the leader
Before you climb on and sit on a horse or pony, it is very important that you know why a horse or pony does something. A horse mirrors the rider how that works I will try to explain to you in this story. You have to know a lot about a horse before you can sit on it. To most of us it's all quite normal you first take a good look into the character of a dog before we make a purchase. Then most of the time puppy training is followed by one of the family members. We don't want to make any mistakes. Therefore, everyone that wants to become a rider should also take a course to start riding.
In my youth (and that was a while ago) my mom was the caretaker of the farm and dad worked with the horses on their riding school as a child you were told that you had to pay attention to what you could and could not do. Yes, I grew up among horses and all the other animals on the farm.
We didn't only had the horses and ponies, but also ducks, chicken, rabbits, goats, geese and sometimes we got pigs just for consumption matters, In those years I learned to assist in the births of foals, and I learned when you had to stay and correct or not had to be somewhere else.
As a young bloke you had to help out moving them from stable to the pasture, You learned to pay attention to the posture of the animal, whether it was a horse or a chicken. You saw not only how the animals together, but also dealt with their offspring. Years of experience I carry with me and a little bit of this experience I want to pass on to the horseman or woman of the future.
As a rider you have to move the legs of the horse and the horse does not move you. In the stable, during brushing, but rather as you pick up the horse from the pasture, it begins. That is the base of riding horses.
The horse mirrors the rider, a truth like no other. Where the horse is blamed (beating with a whip) is the rider the error and I mean really they are thinking wrong. The rider gets on with the wrong attitude and the horse follows the match. One problem that I want to solve the rider deliberately should learn during the ground work (working from the ground) being aware of his or her attitude towards the horse.
Groundwork in the raw picture
Natural attitude of the horse and the man/ woman
Guiding a horse or pony
Knowledge of maintenance of the saddle and bridle
Brushing and saddling
You have probably heard the phrase "Holistic Horsemanship" before. But did you ever stop to think about what this really means? Holistic Horsemanship goes way beyond learning a few techniques or trying to force the same step-by-step method on every horse you meet.
It's a total mindset. It is the very way you interact and communicate, not just in training, but in every moment you spend with your horse. It is the desire to build a trust-based partnership with the horse, and fluency not only in their language, but an intimate understanding of their psychology, biology, herd dynamics, and much more.
The foundation of it begins with an understanding of not only the techniques of natural horsemanship, but becoming fluent in the Language of horses or ponies.
In this hectic and messed up world we have loads of trouble and many things on your mind. You lost a battle and partly yourself and now you will enter the world of the horse, a world that a few horsemen and women truly know.
1: Connection & Communication
In this first period we'll cover many of the nuances of the Language of horses, the grammar of which is rich in the use of body language, and the detection and direction of energy. Understanding and mastering of this on your own will set your skills above those of the average horse trainer or enthusiast. It is one of the skills exhibited by Horse Whisperers which makes what they do appear to be magical.
2: Becoming Fluent in the Language of the horse
In this second period, the obstacle course at liberty, in-hand, and even while riding how to perfect use of your energy, telepathy, and body language to build not only your confidence, but the horse's as well. It also covers the use of the obstacle course liberty training to build the trust-based partnership you've always wanted with your horse and how to avoid behavioral issues with trust-building exercises.
3: Positive Reinforcement and the Proper Use of Reward
In period three, They should teach you how to identify what motivates the horse you're working with and how to use that to bring out the very best in the both of you.It should cover the proper use of food as reward, and under what circumstances you may want to consider using it.
4: Solving Behavioral Problems Compassionately
During this 4th period, Find out about some very common problem behaviors you may currently be working with, or if you're around horses for any length of time, you will be confronted by things like: Biting, striking, boxing, trailer loading problems, and evasions while riding, are just a few of the problems covered.
5: The Horse as Your Personal Self-Help Guru
In this 5th period, we'll cover how important the use of your mind and making a true connection with the horse on not only a mental but spiritual level is to successful "Horse Whispering". You will see how, in building a trust-based partnership with your horse, you may in fact be looking straight into a mirror, polishing your own rough edges, and in the process, enriching your life and other relationships.here we can discuss the use of the mind, telepathic communication with the horse, and the use of energy in holistic horsemanship.
6: Holistic Horsemanship From the Ground to the Withers
In this final period You become a real horseman and it ties everything together to show you how you can apply the principles of holistic horsemanship in the saddle. Are you aware exactly how sensitive your horse is, and how they can feel your energy, your moods, and your intent while you're on their back? Do you have an understanding of how the horse can become an extension of your body and mind, and how this connection will improve when you ride using your intuition? You will find out that if you set aside time you can answer some of the most common questions about Horse Whispering and Holistic Horsemanship yourself.
When you learn and commit to master these principles and skills, you will improve not only your horse's life but the lives of every horse with which you come in contact
The Old Sailor,