Tips for Connection Challenges

On my Barbra Schulte Facebook page recently, I asked people to share their challenges to finding and keeping a connection with their horses.

In this video, I share those challenges and some tips to overcome them. I also let you know about a free Webinar I’m doing tomorrow, Monday, July 18, at 7:00 PM Central. I’ll discuss common connection challenges and how to overcome them.

It’s easy to register for the Solving Connection Challenges Webinar. Join the Well CONNECTED free Workshop, and everyone in that Workshop Series will automatically be notified about the Webinar.

Heh, it’s Barb,

On my Barbra Schulte Facebook page, I asked people to share their challenges in finding and keeping a connection with their horses. Here are just a few of them:

  1. I get the feeling, but then it comes and goes.
  2. I don’t stay patient.
  3. I never know if my horse will be good so I can feel connected – or not.
  4. My horse gets distracted and loses attention to our focus.
  5. I don’t know how to do it or ask for it, and I get lost.

I think what happens when we lose connection, or we don’t know what to do, or our horse gets distracted – our focus is askew.

We need to focus first on the job at hand and stay focused on our horse before we begin (and as we go).

It’s not ideal to begin by trying to get a specific response from a horse. It’s better to:

  • Start with the intention of what we want to do
  • Check in with our horses to see where they’re at
  • Interact with them to get and sustain their attention
  • Do exercises to regulate energy challenges like energy that’s too high (a horse is too fresh)

As we ride, consistently focus on the horse. If they get distracted, I might allow them to take in the ‘spooky’ thing and then move on when they’re more relaxed. If a spooky object bothers Nic, I might put him to ‘work’ with a relaxation exercise to get his attention back on me.

The goal is to be consistent and stay in the moment. You know what you want and have the basics of the breath, seat, eyes, legs, and hands. That’s how you interact with your horse. Then you’re focused on your job and your horse as you ride.

I will do a free webinar to discuss these challenges in more detail—this coming Monday evening, July 18, at 7:00 PM Central. I’m going to give you more tips to address these challenges.

You need to register for the Well CONNECTED Free Workshop Series because that’s how I will get the webinar join-up information out.

Thank you, and leave a comment for me. I hope to see you Monday evening.

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2 Comments on Tips for Connection Challenges

  1. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 17th Jul 2022 1:40 pm
  2. Hi Barb, I am REALLY looking forward to your seminar this Monday night. I’m not sure if I can watch live or will need to watch the replay. But I KNOW is will be helpful to hear you talk about these things. At the end of the above video when Nic was looking intently at something farther away, did you ever see what it was? Thank you so very much for all of these “free” videos and workshops that you do. It’s interesting to hear that you consider Nic a somewhat “spooky” horse which might apply to many cutting horses as they have to be very intent on the movement of a cow and therefore just on anything that “moves’ in general. Thank you—Carol

  3. Elaine Bohlin on Mon, 18th Jul 2022 1:47 pm
  4. Barb, thank you so much for addressing this issue. I agree with Carol MacGregor’s comment that maybe the talented cutters are a bit “spooky” or reactive because they are always looking for that movement of cows so they just notice movement in general.

    I appreciate that you offered options in response to a horse whose mind is someplace else or fixated on something.

    Sometimes an opportunity to be still and assess works well but then there can be times that doing that results in more anxiety, so good to have Plan B if Plan A isn’t working. As you said, know the horse you have to work with on that day.

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