Consider this. If I continue to do the same thing over and over again, I am not allowing for any development in my relationship with my horse, I am not allowing for any development of his or her understanding, I am not allowing for any change or growth and my horse will feel unheard and express that unhappiness in some kind of sadness or tension or even misbehavior.
Development of your relationship, development of my horse’s understanding of what I am looking for, change and growth in all kinds of areas, can cause change even in one session and in fact if it’s a good session together, these kind of changes WILL be happening in just about every session.
I know, I know… You’ve heard some very famous horsemen and women talk about consistency being important. But if they are good at what they do, look at what they are REALLY doing. I swear they’re so good at it and it’s so automatic, that they don’t even notice what they’re doing. They are responding to the horse’s needs in the moment. They are supporting that horse to be the best they can be, in the most effective way for THIS horse, in THIS moment.
And we ordinary people can be that good too.
Connection, connection, CONNECTION… and even more Connection… is the answer to every problem. The deeper our Connection, the more easily we understand our horse. The more we understand our horse, the better and more effective each response will be to whatever is going on IN THE MOMENT.
And the more our horse will love us.