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JULY 2006 • VOLUME 11 • ©HORSES For LIFE™ Magazine


 

Time goes on and we learn more. Our training changes with each new thing that we learn. When teaching, things become a little more involved as we try to not just teach how, but teach the concept, the entire idea of what true beauty, what truths can be found with our horses.

I had been gone from teaching for a couple of years, but continued to try to help riders whether over the phone or on online. And I continued to learn, so of course, the more I learned, things changed with what I taught. And as any good horseman, doubts began to creep in, as we have to always question what we know, if we want to continue to learn. I tried to tell people that they didn't have to set their horses head. I was telling them that releasing completely to the horse, provided movement and carriage that was far superior to anything ever to be found in constraint. That strength was never the answer, that the horse was a creature of movement and it was in releasing to the movement that all that we searched for could be found. But doubts began to creep in, as how did I really know. I was not teaching, the horse was not in front of me to prove my words.

An old student that I had taught when she was young called one day asking for help with a new horse that she was working with. She was quite confused, the horse seemed lame at the walk, but seemed fine at a trot. And while she herself had become quite  an accomplished horseman and had started teaching herself, she was unable to help this horse find its way to any kind of lateral work. The horse just did not seem able to do it!

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