Straightness Training is an education on how to become the best horse trainer we can be for our horse.
With the purpose to keep our horse healthy in body, mind, heart, and soul.
So it won’t help if an ST Instructor gives you a “feel good” lesson or if an ST Evaluator gives you “stars & stripes” just to make you feel comfortable or to fulfill your need for certainty or significance.
That won’t help our horses.
It won’t help if we get a “one star” when our horse is still walking like:
When the Oracle of Delphi told Socrates around 400 BC that he was the wisest man on Earth, Socrates responded by saying “I know that I know nothing.”
Socrates knew that there were so many things that he didn’t know and he was only sure in one thing — that he actually didn’t know anything.
The acceptance of that fact made him wise.
Now, this is completely in line with The Dunning-Kruger Effect that was discovered in 1999 by the psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger.
What is the Dunning Kruger Effect?
When meeting new students, we – as instructors – often get the whole hiStory of their horse.
For example: “My horse has a bad hiStory, he’s a rescue horse, I saved him, now he’s much better, but he doesn’t like men, and pressure is a no-go, and he can’t do this, and we need to put on golden gloves if we want to ask him to do that.”
Now the more we’ve created a story why our horse is or isn’t this or that, the less space we will find in the relationship with our horse.
In general, it’s not important where the horse “was” because horses live in the “now”.
And horses can change in a heartbeat.
For example, when a horse with a hiStory enters a new herd, the herd is not asking about his past life, they are not interested in his recent conditions and previous experiences, they don’t care if his former (or present) owner makes his life miserable.
The herd simply says:
- We’re living in the now, and
- We’re living in harmony here, plus
- Here’s how we do it to keep things in balance, so
- Fit in, or we’ll show you our rules, boundaries and limitations.
Living in the now is to see things clearly, to see it as it is, but not to see it worse than it is so that we don’t have a reason to try.
Being present is recognizing when action or redirection is necessary and when it is not.
With this approach, horses can change in a heartbeat and become well-balanced in mind, heart, and soul.
Then we can start balancing our horse’s body by doing Straightness Training.
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