"Light heart, Light hands, Light horse" - Sandy Lang
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There is a strong philosophical direction Horsemanship is taking throughout the world. A path of understanding and fairness, bringing safety and comfort to the horse and rider.
Humans being Predators live life with a 'direct approach' (by a straight route or without altering your approach). We ask or get what we want, not necessarily thinking if our approach is the best. This works in our daily lives, but it doesn't work well when we are trying to have a partnership with a horse.
Horses being Prey animals, live their lives in self preservation. Being lateral thinkers, they are very aware of picking a safe path and being on the alert. In the wild, approaching a water hole would instinctively cause them to zig zag (moving laterally rather than directly). Predators such as lions or tigers hang around water holes hoping to catch dinner. By approaching the water hole in a straight line, (direct line thinking) with little thought towards their own safety, there is a good chance a horse may not reach the water hole. Zig zagging or verying their approach, (lateral thinking) offers a safer path. They can go to the right, or to the left, which ever way they think will best keep them safe from alert predators possibly lerking in the bushes near by.
Wyatt and Sandy
SANDY IS A FOUNDATION SPECIALIST:
Through Psychology and knowledge, my goal is to present to students a way to be with their horse, that offers the message of leadership, partnership, confidence, and lets not forget fun. Through exercises and theory, students learn to direct their minds, emotions and manner, in a more lateral natural way horses will appreciate and understand.
Today with YouTube etc., we have the advantage of propelled awareness. One can see human and horse do some amazing things together. How is this possible?
They understand how a horse thinks and they approach every situation in a lateral manner. Having achieved 'unconscious consiousness', ( they don't have to think, they instinctively know what to do, when to do it, and why ) they take their leadership to the next level of 'conscious unconsious consciousness', ( they are aware of what they know instinctively, and now present their knowledge and support in a way each individual horse can understand) support and work on a connection which will cause the horse to feel safe, comfortable and dignified. The horse is now ready to 'learn'.
Foundation is everything: When we consider a horse's foundation too often we process it too fast, leave out areas, or don't know what areas are crucial to a well balanced, willing horse. Slow is Fast is a great saying, but few embrace it. ' Time is Money' is a saying that more people feel they need to embrace. A slow is fast approach offers A well thought out approach to your horse's foundation which will insure you've covered all areas of his education. Not only are his mental and physical needs met, but his emotional needs as well. A holistic approach with a fun twist helps our horse find learning more interesting, fun and rewarding. A 'Time is Money' approach encourages us to push our horse through thresholds, miss crucial steps in the education process and instead of giving our horse an opinion it's faster to have him obedient so the process can go faster.
Have you ever wanted to eat just the icing on a cake. The icing is the best part, but if we eat only the icing most of us won't be feeling too great. There's a reason why a cake has both the base and the icing. They go together well. Think of your foundation training as the cake and the icing as the discipline. When you make your cake, put good ingredients in the mix and don't forget any of the ingredients or you may find your cake truns into a flop.
Kloee and Sandy
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Wishing you success and happiness with your horse!
Crusaders, 12th Century, Chapel of the Templars, Cressac (notice the bridleless horses)
Through the years horsemanship knowledge has been lost, over looked, disregarded, and in some cases kept secret. In a lot of cases, humans being in a hurry, wanting fast results, over looked the foundation a horse needed. As direct line thinkers they wanted immediate results , and if they could get those results through using force, and intimidation, so be it. Even today, some don't like the phrase, "SLOW IS FAST", and they are eager to tell you "TIME IS MONEY".
Lets take a quick look into history, and recall a time where there were horsemen who had extraordinary horse-handling skills, and others who used fear and intimidation to control their mounts.
(except taken from the book, Dancing with Horses. The Art of Body Language, by Klaus Ferdinand.)
If we go back in time between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries, most of western Europe was ruled by a handful of men who called themselves caballeros or knights and who were organized in Christian monastic orders. They were not only all trained in the art of sword fighting, but they also all had extraordinary horse-handling skills. Ignoring the political and human backdrop to this period and this movement, let us focus for a moment on this extraordinary riding ability and its secret.
In fact, the horsemanship of the knights had such a good reputation that even today, in parts of France and Spain, they speak not of the 'high school ' but of the monastic school.
In those times battles were fought mainly on foot with sword, or on horseback. The Christian knight orders owed their incredible power not least to the perfect control of their horses. What distinguished these men from the masses, who also had horses and who far outnumbered them? It was something very significant, a secret which they carefully guarded behind the thick walls of their cloisters (and which they still guard today) . The Knights of the orders knew the secret of the two souls of the horse, and they were able to resolve the paradoxes, to reconcile the contradictions. The common folk beat their horses and castrated their stallions in order to be at least partially empowered. So the horses were somewhat obedient but whenever possible, they would desert in the course of duty. Where as the Knights and the caballeros fought against their enemies, the ordinary rider first fought against his horse. The Knights rode into battle with horses whose total impulsion and manoeuvrability were the result of extremely powerful and collected haunches. They rode into battle with a sword in the right hand and a shield in the left; their horses obeyed simple body signals. Narratives tell us that there were those that rode off to the battlefield without even a bridle.
When we understand our history, it can help us with the present. Do we not see similarities today. There are those that choose to fight with their horse, and they see this as 'normal', and those that have found a way to be 'one' with their horse, and they see that as 'normal'. The wonderful thought is, we can choose what our journey looks like!