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:
- I get the feeling, but then it comes and goes.
- I don’t stay patient.
- I never know if my horse will be good so I can feel connected – or not.
- My horse gets distracted and loses attention to our focus.
- 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.