How a Quiet Upper Body Facilitates Connection with Your Horse

Over the past few weeks, our Cutting Master Class has been studying preparing yourself and your horse and herd work.

I’ve noticed once again how a quiet upper body that remains that way, no matter what’s going on at the moment (whether it be quick response steering or moving quickly across the arena on a cut, working a cow, etc.) sets up numerous positive results: accurate present-moment perceptions, communication with our horse and using our hands and feet independently – to name a few.

This idea is not unique to cutting. It spans all disciplines.

Again, it’s not a new concept, but it did jump out at me, loud and clear, and I saw how powerful it is as we watched great riders ride.

A quiet, soft, yet pliable upper body facilitates focus, engagement, and the ability to feel your horse.

It takes time and focus to develop. So be kind and patient with yourself, my friend – but do cultivate it.

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8 Comments on How a Quiet Upper Body Facilitates Connection with Your Horse

  1. Hope Scott on Sun, 3rd Mar 2024 4:51 pm
  2. Quietness. Love this, Barb

  3. Sherri Wagerman on Sun, 3rd Mar 2024 5:30 pm
  4. This video was awesome! I really need to work on quietness, so this is helpful.
    Also, I love the gloves you’re wearing! What brand are they?
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 3rd Mar 2024 6:51 pm
  6. Hi Barb, You and Nic both look soo nice. I love the cranberry jacket and matching scarf, etc. Was a great demo of quiet upper body. Nic was half asleep which is nice when it’s a chilly day. All looked so smooth and easy. Thank you!

  7. Elizabeth Rowland on Sun, 3rd Mar 2024 9:29 pm
  8. Great video. We were just talking about this very thing today. Love it! Thank you!

  9. Megan Roughley on Mon, 4th Mar 2024 12:54 am
  10. Lovely. Thankyou!

  11. Renee Racine on Mon, 4th Mar 2024 2:13 am
  12. Another great reminder and shown very clearly. Thanks.

  13. Christy Agan on Mon, 4th Mar 2024 6:15 pm
  14. Thank you, Barb! It makes such a difference seeing you explain things while riding your wonderful horse. Needed this important reminder to stay quiet, eyes up, and breathe.

  15. Carly Kritchen on Wed, 6th Mar 2024 11:18 am
  16. That was really helpful, thank you!

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