Engaging with Horses at Liberty
With the horse unrestricted by halters and ropes, we can initiate a conversation based on our body language, energy, and intention. Horses are wonderful teachers, offering immediate feedback on aspects of ourselves that might be unconscious. They offer opportunities for awareness, growth, and adaptation. The focus of these sessions is connecting from the heart, respecting the horse as an equal, developing mutual trust, and letting the horse guide you towards the learning that will serve you most in that moment.
Groundwork and Connected Movement
Horsemanship is a balance between strength and softness. It requires us to constantly recognize what the horse is showing us, respond in the present moment, and communicate with clarity and congruence. These sessions will help you learn to regulate your own nervous system to help the horse stay calm and attentive, to set clear and effective boundaries, and to adjust your energy according to what is happening in the present moment. Through simple and effective practices you will gain confidence in communicating with horses in ways they can clearly understand.
Touch for Connection, Relaxation, Tension Release, and Ease of Movement
The power of touch goes a long way in our relationship with the horses. There are many ways we can use touch to help horses become more calm, grounded and focused. We can support them in releasing muscular tension and bracing that can restrict movement, block fluid connection, and create discomfort. Through hands-on practices we can support ease of movement and feel the horses become more soft and yielding. We can experience the horse melting into our contact and letting go of resistance. We can create a space that feels good to the horse, that they choose to be in, and that supports mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Not only are these sessions beneficial for the horses, but for the humans as well.