The days are getting away from me here and so much is evolving. The weekend was our time to recuperate, do laundry and just play and process with our horses. Even though I was just as busy and still had all my chores to attend to, the break from the actual daily lessons did allow me the time digest and assess our progress and our paralysis in moving forward.
Come Monday morning the vast majority of us students were eager for more knowledge. We had spent the first week observing and understanding our own horse’s unique horse-anality and how their body language communicates to us exactly which quadrant of their brain they are thinking and responding from at any given moment. Each horse-anality requires a different leadership strategy. (This is true for humans as well).
By the end of the weekend I had come to realize and recognize Cruiser’s left brain playful extrovert as well as his DOMINANT left brain introvert nature. What I also realized was that I didn’t know (or was not aware of) my own body language.
Horses communicate through body language and quite frankly, I’m a bit of a spasmoid when I’m out there with a 22′ foot line, carrot stick and savvy string. Poor Cruiser is probably looking at me and thinking – I don’t know what the hell her body is trying to tell me.
So, what do you think our curriculum was about on Monday?
How to be an EFFECTIVE LEADER as we communicate through our body language, using the 7 Games. It’s really what the whole week is about. Already in two days my level of communication and respect from my horse has sky-rocketed.
Now I can see when he’s trying to take advantage of me or when he’s truly afraid or confused. He is so light and willing and responsive I am amazed at his ability to comprehend and follow through when I give him PROPER direction.
I am so excited about how we are developing our partnership. Now if I can just keep myself from tangling us both up in ropes and savvy strings – we will go on to help change the world! (Our World anyway :^)
~more pictures to come soon~