After a few weeks filled with groundwork and longeing with Romanesque, I started to combine it with work in hand.
And gradually, over the last couple of weeks, we’re progressing from doing the sequence in walk, in trot, and now
also in the canter.
Of course, there’s a lot to ‘polish’ and refine, but again,
the mind didn’t forget what it learned.
the mind is not the limiting factor at the moment, it’s more the body that has to grow stronger and get more flexible so it will be more mobile, and that just takes time.
In September 2018, the following ST Mastery Students from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Africa, the UK, and the US – have passed a Touchstone in the ST Evaluation Program and an ST Instructor from the UK has upgraded a Touchstone! :
The hungriest worker in the Mastery Class is always going to beat the most talented guy who doesn’t put effort into the programs.
Although it’s useful,
talent isn’t everything. Of course, it will give you a head start, but you still have to work hard.
So far, the experience is, that in the end, hunger, heart, and hard work always ‘wins’.
Maybe not immediately, but in the end,
hunger always wins.
In the end,
hard work always wins.
I’ve seen it over and over again.
After a couple of weeks of groundwork and longeing, we did an
observing session at liberty:
It showed that Prince Elmelund is
mentally seen ready to deliver. But
physically seen, he still lacks the muscles and core strength after 10 months of holidays and a bit of training.
Now when it comes to
self-carriage, we need it both in body and mind.
And it’s a bit the chicken and the egg,
what is needed first?
Well, it doesn’t matter what came first,
we need both!
The liberty work will get better
physically seen, once the self-carriage in the body is developed in groundwork, longeing, work in hand, and riding pillar. And those other 4 pillars will get better
mentally seen, once our horse gives his Best Aikido at liberty, expressing self-carriage in the mind.
Now with is self-carriage in the mind exactly?
In August 2018, the following ST Mastery Students from Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, US, and Zimbabwe – have passed a Touchstone in the ST Evaluation Program: