I spend a lot of time pondering how to trick other people into relaxing and living in the moment if only for a moment. While this may seem far fetched, it is balance. Balancing the thoughts and intentions in the mind to be present and in the moment, is the first step towards balance with your horse. Why is it the first step? Well, if you are distracted you will be late a vast majority of the time or you will do too much physically. Instead of feeling of the horse your distracted mind will just fall to its old habits.
Now that we have our intentions set, we can proceed to the horse. Balance is all about the subtleties, imagine you are perched upon a perfectly round ball on a perfectly flat surface. Unfortunately none of us are perfectly proportionally built to balance like the above mentioned ball. So we must adjust, but micro adjust, for if we make too large a move we shall fall, yet if we move too little too late, we have the same outcome. We must move just the right amount with the correct amount of energy at the appropriate time, anything else just won’t work. This is what you must strive for with your horse, you must feel of them and apply the appropriate adjustment at the correct time. Too little or too much adjustment ends in confusion for your horse and frustration for most humans. The same goes for your timing. I guess what I’m trying to say is what I see most people doing is the appropriate thing, but what is keeping them from balance and perfection is how they are going about it. They may have the right idea, but the timing of application is missing, or they have the right timing but the force applied is either too little or too much.
I hope this video helps explain this concept further and brings to view how balance and the journey thereof are crucial to the horse human relationship no matter the discipline.
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