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Connection with Cam, Part 2: Playing with horses in freedom
Freedom means playing with a horseless rope. My memory is of the first day I saw a steed approaching someone and following him in freedom. I was a working Cowboy at that point and had a Border Collie called Snicker. Snick liked to run to me, but he didn't like my horses at all.
Thought you needed an incredible grasp of horses to get them to want to be with you so much that they walk to you. That led me on a trip with horses, which I could not have conceived at that age. And in this essay I will be sharing the advantages I have gained from freedom and how it has enabled me to join my fellow horse Cam.
And as I said in my earlier paper (Connecting with Cam, Part 1: Ground Skills & New Environments), when I got my hands on him, my aim was to use a lot of exercise programmes so that he couldn't see what we were doing with his prior work. The Liberty was a total farewell to Cam's story and a new way for me and my boy to interoperate and give us a new beginning.
One of the most precious things I have learnt over the years has been playing with horses in freedom. In freedom, horses have been teaching me things that have altered my way of doing everything with them, even horsewalking. Perhaps you will wonder how freedom can make you a better horseman - because freedom will make you more susceptible to horses as a whole.
What's great about playing without rope is that the horses have a choise. By listening and continually adjusting your practice, you will get better and he will remain. I' ll have immediate backup from liberty. It is my final aim with freedom that my horses remain with me on a 50 hectare meadow through all types of exercise, and I always keep an eye on this aim.
When I do, the stallion will never be prepared for the vast open areas and will always look for a way out. If in the end the saddle is able to walk at any minute, but remains, this is the final link, but it needs to take a while to make that link with your saddle and you have to make it.
As I first reached this contact with a human being, it was the culmination of all the times I spend with horses. Below are seven keys I learnt about playing with horses in freedom. It' called "playing with horses in freedom". Freedom demands the right attitude: a fun one.
Many keys to freedom are key to freedom, but none is as important as the right mindset. When you have any kind of feeling, whether it' positive or not, the horses will want to feel it and walk quickly. When you have the right mindset, freedom can be a strong resource for observing and studying your horses.
Starting online (on a cable, not on the Internet!) with my horses. In this way I can give them all the movements I will ask of them when I go free for the first moment. Think of it this way: If the cable is narrow all the while, your steed would be gone if there was no cable.
Occasionally folks jump over this move and accidentally instruct the horses to be good at walking away. The more horses are mistaken, the more they think they're right. It is my aim before freedom to be able to carry out a complete warm-up online and not to tension the guiding cable.
Just think, there's no horses in this picture. One could still see that I was steering a little to the right because my physical speech is easily readable. If you are lying on the floor or horseback you must be very clear in your own style of use. I need you to alter your intention with each query.
Horses are sometimes disoriented and have no clue what we want because our physical speech does not convey the right messages. The horses' primary speech is that of their bodies and they are very powerful. As more we can speak with different energies and our own bodily languages, horses are better able to interpret our intentions and do what we ask.
One example of intentions being completely wrongly phrased is screaming at a horseman and using bodily speech to act excitedly while trying to bring the horseman to a standstill. Seeing and hearing such a contradictory statement, a horsy man cannot unwind and cannot help but respond badly.
It always makes me uncomfortable when a contradictory greeting is sent to a saddle stallion and then held responsible. As you communicate your intention to your stallion better, your stallion will better comprehend everything you do. If I start freedom with a pony, I use a round fold - although you may be amazed at how little I actually use it.
A lot of horses are pushed further away by humans because the pressures are too high, which leads to the horses being pushed against the enclosure and cleaned by the shepherd. My aim in the Round pen is for my stallion not to hit the track all the while. Keep in mind that the larger objective is to compete on a 50 hectare meadow; if the stallion is pushed against the walls of the round enclosure, it will certainly run away in a giant meadow.
I like to let my horses run free at the Round Pens and am waiting for them to look at me as if they were asking, "What's next? "Then I' m going to have the horses following me and being in the center for a break. The feeling is one of the most difficult things to learn, so much so that I am often asked if it can be learned at all.
To a certain extent I believe that humans can acquire feeling and that is why I am teaching. If we could make a big horse feeling notebook and still not get everything covered, I'll just give you some useful tips. There' s no better example of the feeling that a filly and a filly share during the delicate times and times when they remain together at a canter.
and there' s a link. On this picture you see that I lean into Cam, press on him, and he bends around me and connects back. He' s quietly pushing back for my connectivity. That'?s feeling. I' ll keep my freedom meetings brief, about 20-minute at most.
If I feel the stallion penetrating it, I'll end the meeting. They leave a good impression in the horse's mouths about freedom and encourage him to want more. You can see here that I'm asking Cam to make a pretty intensive stop, and he's exactly in line with me.
That'?s what I want: full strength, but with relief. This is based on reciprocal esteem and gives the horses a rest. All of us need a rest sometimes, even the horses. To be kind does not corrupt a steed. The thing a pampered equine man can do is let himself be boundlessly dragged over you.
Establish limits, be clear in your intentions, be kind to horses, and you will be on your way to having a good time playing with your free animal! Would you like to know more about playing with your free stallion? Have a look at my nine-hour home movie, Liberal DVD-Serie, which is available at www.jonathanfield.net. . Have a look at the third and last item in Jonathan's "Connecting with Cam" series: