Sometimes the most profound truisms are the simplest. I LOVE that because the simpler things are the better we can make the wisdom part of our riding.

The idea that our body parts are directly related to a horse’s body parts is really profound if you think about it …

What you focus on with your eyes is where your horse will focus … and move toward.

If you drop a shoulder when you ride, chances are your horse will drop his shoulder. When you sit squarely in the saddle, your horse’s shoulders have the best chance of staying even.

If you arch your back, your horse will hollow his back. If you round your back for a pretty stop, your horse will round his back for a collected stop.

If you think of using your feet to move your horse’s feet instead of “kicking to go” you will get incredible results. Focus on your feet moving your horse’s feet whether you are going forward or backward. Stop pulling on the reins and concentrate on moving a horse’s feet instead.

Think of dropping your core into your hips to help a horse find a stop. Focus on feeling your hips sink and your horse’s hips will drop into an easy stop or collection. Your stops will become softer, too.

And last of all, when your heart is truly connected to your horse’s well being and belief in him … he will give you his all … and he too will have a happy heart.

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  1. Rebecca Compher on Fri, 9th Sep 2016 6:08 pm
  2. Will you be in Oklahoma or Texas in near future ?

  3. Widmer Vera on Fri, 9th Sep 2016 6:21 pm
  4. Dearest Barbra, you are always so right and are coming to the Point. It helps me a lot and I also connect very much with your similar Story about Zane. The Gift is one of my absolut favorite and best book I ever read.
    Thank you so much.
    Hope to get more Information from you.
    Love Vera Widmer from Switzerland with my beloved horse BUBBLE

  5. Widmer Vera on Fri, 9th Sep 2016 6:25 pm
  6. Dearest Barbra, thank you so much for all your comments and helping e-mails. It is so totally right what you are writing about mentally Training and how a horse connects with us.
    Also your book THE GIFT was one of the best and my favorite book I ever read. Also the Story about Zane reminds me a lot of what I experienced with my beloved husband Georges who passed away way too early.
    Thank you and hopefully I will receive more from you.
    Love from Vera from Switzerland with my sweet horse BUBBLE

  7. Barbra Schulte on Fri, 9th Sep 2016 7:25 pm
  8. Hi, Rebecca …
    I live in Texas, but at the moment I do not have any clinics scheduled. Is that what you are referring to? Barbra

  9. Barbra Schulte on Fri, 9th Sep 2016 7:27 pm
  10. Thank you, so much Vera! I am coming to Germany in October! I know Germany is not Switzerland, but it’s closer than the US. (-:
    Take care, Barbra

  11. MaryBeth Gokee on Sat, 10th Sep 2016 3:21 am
  12. Barb, as I sit here at a show unable to sleep, I THANK you for your generosity and wise words. For me, a total newbie who has walked to the herd 7 times, who gets no cow practice, these simple tips help me realize I can still keep learning. The “hips” comment is spot on. I’m working on it. 😊

  13. Donna Wells on Sat, 10th Sep 2016 7:43 pm
  14. Barb, you always seem to write something wonderful just when I need a reminder. Thank you so much.

  15. Sherry on Sat, 10th Sep 2016 11:11 pm
  16. Just love the spirit & tone of your newsletters; you make me want to get up & go!

  17. Tania on Mon, 19th Sep 2016 10:04 am
  18. Awesome thoughts thank you so very much!

  19. Lisa Dentoni on Tue, 17th Jan 2017 10:29 pm
  20. Hi Barbra
    Can you please elaborate on how to use your feet to move your horses feet as opposed to kicking to go. I am a non pro Reiner and need to improve my fast circles.
    Thank you.

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