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Horses Tell The Truth, People Tell A Story

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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By Kit Tielker on 1 September 2019 at 01:07

I wish I would have recorded the dynamics of integration into the heard of my rescue. I would say that this one fell outside the box of normal. He was brutal to my mare. Took nearly a year for him to relax enough to be safe to be turned in with her. Why she did not defend herself I don’t know, but watching her teach him that he should trust her was surreal! It was almost sneaky but yet not as her movements were filled with intention, think slow motion. She began with approaching his muzzle with hers, not touching but sliding in next to his then paused before moving on in to his cheek his throat latch, his neck then his shoulder. That was his limit but when he communicated his discomfort she retreated and reapproached. It took about a week before she could wiggle all of her body into his space but now they routinely stand nose to tail swishing flies. I have never experienced anything so beautiful – My mare teaching this troubled soul that he could trust.


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