Allowing conversations between Horse and Human to occur
I never head out with expectations as I work with the horses. Wherever they are in the moment is where we start.
I find the more "room" I give them to have opinions, after establishing effective tools, respectful boundaries and clear conversations, the more interesting (in a good way) the communication gets.
I have witnessed so many incredible, unexpected moments of horses helping one another, supporting each other, and then what is interesting is adding me into the mix of the conversation.
Very cool to feel like horses and humans are speaking the same language, without aggression, fear, drive, force, imposing oneself or otherwise.
In the picture at the top was a scenario from today's sessions.
Interestingly the filly had the entire field to graze in with other horses and she chose to stand close by to support the newly arrived Colt from her same Oak Creek herd. They haven't been kept together, but she was there supporting him.
At one point he got a bit mentally stuck. And he had to sort out finding how to put slack in the lead rope.
Immediately after I helped the colt sort himself out, the filly walked right up, imposed herself made a warning face towards him with her ears pinned, which she had never done before, he breathed, she looked at him and then calmly walked away..
So much of the time humans miss the conversation and the interactions these awesome creatures offer.