The Equine Retreat- An Alternative Horsemanship Event

The Missing Link in Equine Partnerships
For the last 25 years as an equine professional, Samantha Harvey has seen and helped riders worldwide. From addressing equine-related fear issues, rider insecurities, horse-related traumas, self-improvement, competitive equestrians, pleasure horseback riders, and everyone in between.
It became apparent to Sam that they all shared one common symptomatic frustration...
The feeling of not being "heard" by their horse. Irrelevant of their background or experience this single missing factor prevented quality communication between horse and human.
The missing link to being heard is first to learn to listen. In western society's fast-paced, multi-tasking approach, people easily get lost in the chaos of their thoughts, emotions, and stresses, which limit their availability to "hear" the equine partner.
This fundamental missing link leads to a multitude of unwanted scenarios and experiences with the horse.
The intention of The Equine Retreat is to create a unique, personal self-exploration opportunity to build skills and refine the equine partnership.
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Horsemanship: Pressure and Following a Feel

 Synchronized steps Hjalmar 

learning to "follow a feel." 

Physio Connections influencing Unwanted Horse Behavior

 It is all connected This is such a great visual example of the "strings" I often talk about throughout the horse's body. 

The trickle-down effect of how one body part influences another, even if literally at the other end of the horse. 

 I've used the analogy of the string on a dog food back, where you start pulling one end, and the whole thing become unraveled. 

I find when people tell me about a horse that is heavy on the bit, resistant in the backing, have difficulting holding a canter or lope lead, etc. that they are other factors contributing to the unwanted physical behaviors. 

Example: I talk about when there is a heaviness in the horse pushing on the halter or bridle, and noticing and addressing unlocking the physical brace- or locked up feeling- in the horse's hocks, students are shocked. 

This image is a great demonstration of that. Learning to help each body part then influences the quality of the overall movement and softness of the horse, which of course starts with his mind first.

 PC: The Equine Documentalist

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Distance, Online, and Remote Horse Learning


I started coaching remotely long before Covid existed. 

Horsemanship: Humans Learning to be Present


What if... 

 We applied this first to Ourselves? 



and then 


 when we are with the horse? 

 So many riders use the horse as time for the human to escape from reality or as an outlet from life's stresses. 

 Rarely do they recognize and address the Supportive Communication the horse needs from Us for them to stay mentally present, emotionally quiet, and physically reasonable. 

The "Equine Partnership" will not be successful or retain quality if its foundation is based solely on the horse serving the human.

Horsemanship: Allowing the Time

 Direct route isn't the fastest 

 I find folks unreasonably expect (and are sales-pitched) things should happen quick and immediate with horses.