I found this in the back end of the old website and thought you might enjoy Caroline’s perspective. She wrote:
While listening to your beautiful description of athleticism as a child, you asked us…. Can you ever remember a time like that? My mind instantly flew back to galloping along the beach as a child, feeling exactly as you described…. I was flying.
Then a layer of insight popped up. I felt how it feels to hold the reins… and it blocked that free flowing feeling of athleticism. That layer came from the not so many “lessons” that I’ve had throughout my life with someone telling me how to sit, how to hold the reins, get that contact feel, where to put my legs and how to position my feet and so on. ALL OF THAT WAS JUST CREATING MASSIVE BLOCKS IN MY BODY AND IN MY MIND. Probably had an awful result for the horses too.
But as a child with no lessons, just unadulterated feel and togetherness with the horse beneath me, there were no limits to what we could do, there was no fear, we could go anywhere, with sheer joy at sharing that day’s adventure. Yes I remember it well.
Then another layer of understanding. Each time I have ridden a horse since an incident that seriously damaged my back, the constant dull pain disappeared during the ride and for several days after. I recognised that riding a horse somehow released or repaired the damage, and it felt sooooooo good to be pain free for a while. And yet that pain returned again and again.
So here is what I now understand.
Riding a horse in exactly the way that suits my body, is exactly the right thing for healing. Not listening to the “experts” who wanted me to “look” a certain shape on a horse is the key, and that brings the freedom of movement necessary for deep connection on a physical level. In the Fast Track program, you will “get it”. You will know what you didn’t know, you will discover what it feels like to carry your body in exactly the perfect way for you and release whatever blocks you carry without realising, not just in your riding, but in everyday life too.
For me, the “lessons” also created the fear! Starting with trying to get it right as taught by the instructor, feeling inadequate, and depending on the instructor, feeling downright WRONG! All this created braces that I was totally unaware of. It created braces which lead to frustration with myself, sometimes anger, short temper with the horse, and a sense of not being as good a rider as I knew I could be.
“What happened to that little girl who galloped carefree along the beach”? Fast Track develops your confidence to know exactly what is right for you and your horse, and the additional confidence to KNOW whether what you are being taught is the perfect thing for you. It gives you the confidence to KNOW what is right for you in your riding and automatically spills over into everyday life. It gives you the opportunity to make choices based on your own innate knowing of what is right for you.
I cannot recommend Fast Track enough, for a whole heap of reasons, not least because you will discover exactly what is right for you and your horse in any discipline you choose, but also with your “relationship” with your horse, with yourself, and with all those things that make up your unique world around you. It is no understatement to say….”this could be life changing” for you.