My week-long challenge this week was to see if I could teach Ricky to “seek the jump” at liberty. My goal was to set things up so that at the end of the week I could send Ricky out (in the 75’ round pen), have him seek the jump, jump it and then come back.
At the moment Ricky is a little more bothered by things behind his drive line (his shoulder) and particularly things that flap around (like the plastic on the Car Wash obstacle). To help build his confidence I chose the challenge of: Riding through the Car Wash.
Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Rolex 3-day Event in Kentucky, a test of the top competitors in the 3-day eventing field including many past and future Olympians. Among some of this years riders were Karen O’Conner (from “The Future of Training” with Linda & Pat Parelli and Karen & David O’Conner), William Fox-Pitt (this years Rolex winner), and Marlynn Little-Meredith (finishing a close second).
It sounds simple and we know our attitude is vitally important on our horsemanship journey! Then, why, does it sometimes feel so hard to carry out the attitude of justice? In my path of helping humans learn about natural horsemanship I am often repeating the need for the ‘attitude of justice’ while demonstrating a technique or concept with a horse. In answer to this statement about ‘justice’ I am greated by blank stares or nodding heads with little to no change to how the student is handling their own horse. What I have discovered is that this response comes from a core difference
In one of the first VHS tapes of Pat’s Seven Games, I heard Pat say, “When in Rome, do as Romans do, and when in a horse corral, do as horses do”. It has taken me a long time to begin understanding how profound this statement is. Most of us know ‘right from wrong,’ what acceptable social behavior looks like, and what is considered rude in our environment. However, what is considered socially acceptable can change significantly depending on the geographic location. For instance, I have heard that in China it is rude to eat everything off your plate at a meal