My SECRET to true liberty with your horse
As the horse world has moved away from tradition and towards a way of being with our horses that promotes mutual trust, choice, and respect, many people have been drawn to liberty work. Liberty is seen as allowing horses more freedom, independence, and ultimately more joy. But unfortunately, liberty has often been misrepresented. We don’t give our horses a sense of liberty simply by removing tack, we give our horses liberty by allowing freedom in their mind.
Step by step liberty with your horse:
- 1. SUGGEST: Make a suggestion to your horse. Maybe you can start walking and see if they’d like to walk with you. Their answer may be that yes they would like to walk with you or, it may be to do nothing, or it may be to leave. Take the time to read your horse's body language to see how your horse is feeling at each step.
- 2. ACCEPT: Accept the answer your horse gives you - if they choose to walk with you stop after a few steps and acknowledge them! If they choose to walk away - celebrate it!
- Remember, true liberty is freedom to choose.
- 3. BUILD: Build on the conversation - if you and your horse are walking together you could take some time to match your breath to your horse. If your horse choses to leave, let them go with a smile on your face 🙂 - then call their name and invite them back. You can then present them with a different idea. Try to keep the conversation flowing rather than be task focused.
Now it’s your turn to take the above and head to your horse! Let me know how you go 🙂
Rolex shares with us her training joy! She has just started in-hand work and this is how happy she is afterwards. Why? Because whether she has tack on or not, I focus on keeping freedom in her mind.
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