"When we come to a horse, we have to take into account the physiological impression of our affect on her."
(Unsaddling Leah after our morning ride. Ha!)
Today was a better day with Leah. I had to ride before work again, and I had an even smaller window, so we worked on standing still while mounting, walking out, and side-passing. Altogether, it was 15-20 minutes in saddle, but they were 15-20 positive minutes. Her side-passing had especially improved...like 100 percent! I was so proud of her that we ended on that note.
Annette, over at Aspen Meadows, watched the documentary, Path of the Horse, (free on YouTube) and wrote about it. I decided to watch it again today, in between patients here at the office, and I was so happy I did. I saw some glaring mistakes I had slipped back into with Leah.
I think it was Mark Rashid who said in the video, "Through our training, we take out all the softness in the horse and then we have to spend all our time trying to put it back in." He said that softness comes from the inside and lightness comes from the outside. Softness is that stillness they have grazing at peace in the pasture, and they should take that with them whenever they're with us.
It was also Rashid who said we have to be like the leader in the herd, not the alpha. In my case, that's Old Red. I have to be Old Red! And, Have a mind like still water.
Alexander Nevzorov: "When we come to a horse, we have to take into account the physiological impression of our affect on her. (This reminds me of indirect pressure--Dorrance) We are mammals, we are all physiological beings. You're listening to me with very big interest, but if right now I put in your pocket some burning coal, no matter how interesting I am, you will be running and screaming and jumping around your camera, but not listening to me. Everything in us mammals has a great dependency on physiological feelings and the art of speaking horse language is first a skill to not cause her physiological discomfort or pain."
Klaus Hemfling: "We wonder why they are not dancing anymore."
A quote from me:
I want to dance, and I want my horses to dance. Life's too short not to dance every damn day!