Adaptability in the Horse and Human


People and horses get stuck in a mental/physical rut as to the quality and intention of the Conversations and interactions with their horses.
Without having to "go anywhere" there are so many scenarios that you can create to help you assess, then address and refine, in your own clarity, communication, and adaptability.
Notice how receptive your horse is when asked something different from what he has learned to expect if you change your normal patterns of interaction.
These seemingly insignificant moments or minor changes contribute to you building a thoughtful and intentional partnership with your horse so that the day you need to ask something unexpected of your equine partner, he is mentally available and physically soft towards participating in the unfamiliar.
How do YOU and YOUR horse respond if:
You go into the pasture/stall with a halter in your hand, but don't immediately catch your horse.
You open the gate/stall door but don't go out of it.
When you do go out the gate, you stop and talk to someone, instead of continuing on to wherever the tack-up area is.
You tack up "wrong"- place your saddle blanket on the horse's neck or rump instead of the "normal" area, or change the order by bridling before you saddle.
You lead from the horse's right side.
Mount/dismount from the horse's right side.
You mount/dismount multiple times throughout a session.
At the end of the ride you head all the way back to the "normal" dismount area, then turn around and head back out as if you were doing another ride.
Many riders due to time limitations, convenience, or lack of awareness, create patterns in their interaction with the horse. This often leads to mindless moments as humans and horses are going through the motions during much of their time together.
Folks are frequently shocked at how little it takes to "bother" their horse, and then how much effort it takes to help the horse let go of his defensiveness when not asked what was anticipated or was familiar to him.
Instead of avoiding potential "holes" in your horsemanship, view recognizing them as an opportunity to address and "fill" them.
Remind yourself to not have self-critique or critically reactive responses towards the horse if he offers unexpected moments. His physical behavior is a reflection of his mental and emotional state.
Take his feedback towards you changing things up as learning opportunities, rather than being under the illusion he is "fine" and then experiencing "all of a sudden" moments.
By acknowledging and refining areas how and when you offer quality support towards the horse, helps him increase his adaptability and reasonableness.
May be an image of horse and outdoors

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!