Using your own horse, or one from Circle of Oaks, you will learn how to listen to the horse, hear and respond to what they are saying; building a true partnership. Spoiler alert: It’s still completely about your growth!
Learning to Listen
This is learning how to listen to a horse, and hear and respond to what they are saying. Spoiler alert: It’s still completely about your growth! But this takes a different track. Here the focus is on the horse, on learning how they are talking with you, and how to join them in the conversation that they’re having. This is for people who would like to develop both their own growth and their competency with horses.
I offer this work at your barn with your horse, as well as at Circle of Oaks in Rougemont, NC with the horses there. With your horse we can include riding. At Circle of Oaks, all work is on the ground.
Conversations with Horses
With natural horsemanship, you can utilize your own horse (groundwork and/or riding) or use the Circle of Oaks herd (groundwork only). Through this practice you will deepen your relationship with horses.
Our goals will be to:
- Learn how to listen to your horse
- Become someone your horse finds safe and interesting
- Build a relationship with your horse based on trust and understanding
- Recognize the voices in your head that push you to perform or dominate
- Experience extraordinary connection with your horse
We always begin this work on the ground. That is foundational for a relationship with horses. You will learn to read horses, recognize the conversations they’re having, and join them in a way that is meaningful to both of you. We will look at:
- Herd dynamics
- Calming signals
- Energy, focus, and intention
- How to relate to the horse as a partner
- Demystifying “feel”
- Getting out of the horse’s way
- Communicating with clarity
- Recognizing and rewarding your horse’s “try”
These are the principles and skills I use in working with horses, putting foundations on them, restarting troubled horses, and helping horses feel safe and comfortable in their environment, and lives with people.