Finding Balance

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Today I decided to do something a bit different and do a video blog. It’s easy to engage in activities on ends of a spectrum and forget that there is a whole lot of nuance in between all and nothing. This is especially important to remember in building a partnership with a horse that is enriching for both horse and human.

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4 thoughts on “Finding Balance

  1. I so agree with you, that was brilliant, I find it hard to watch others who dont feel like that. Over the years I have had at least one horse that has been through the ’10’ scale ‘you shall do this attitude’, and she was damaged, in the end she became my best mate, but it took years , my current horse is so different I have had her since she was 3, and we have taken it slowly and she is just ‘with me’ most of the time. When I went to see her she had ahead collar on, why, I ask, oh to identify her was the answer, after I played with her for five minutes, I took the head collar off and she followed me – the owner was flabbergasted. The only occasions I have had trouble catching her are when I have got annoyed or tried to to do something that ended in a struggle! Kinda speaks for itself doesnt it.

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    • That’s brilliant Mary. I’m with you. I’ve worked with so many horses that were damaged by the high pressure kind of training that I just can’t go there. On the other hand, I’ve also seen people put horses in a bind by not working with them for fear of taking away their choice. It just doesn’t have to be all or nothing – as you so aptly noted with your mare 🙂 Well done.

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  2. Andrea,
    You have a real handle on your horse-woman-ship. I have been all over the scale I think. I have had horses who were above my pay grade and I have made mistakes. I never thought the horse owed me anything, but I have done things to a horse and not with the horse. I have had “professionals” do things to my horses that was wrong. I still have all the same horses, although two have passed away due to illnesses at young ages. I no longer think any of my horses are above my pay grade any longer. I enjoy my horse from the ground, but do not condemn those who ride.

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    • Thank you Andria. I mostly enjoy my horses from the ground these days as well. The desire to ride is there, but I want to do it with the horse’s enthusiastic agreement. Right now I have a herd full of very old horses who are definitely retired from riding and a bunch that are still working through stuff that happened in their past. We’re making good headway though. 🙂 I think it’s so important for us to honor each unique journey. Good for you.

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