When I first arrived at the Parelli Center I thought that two weeks was a long time to learn horse behavior. Today is the end of the course and I feel I could spend 4 more weeks on just this topic.
The more that I know, the more I know what I don’t know. (lick and chew on that for awhile…)
Becoming a better human, more observant and a better communicator has had a transforming affect on my horse. Amazing isn’t it?
Horses truly do mirror their humans. When our thinking is clear, direct and FAIR to their way of learning and processing, they will literally do anything for us.
Understanding my own body language is an area that I need to pay special attention to. Yesterday, I realized while playing with Cruiser in the round corral that what I wanted him to do in my mind was the opposite of what I had communicated through my body language. I was able to catch myself and actually reward him for an appropriate response to what he saw me do, even though it wasn’t what I thought I wanted.
Another great game we play is matching and mirroring. When he starts to get a little exuberant I can match his energy and go with him for a bit and then begin to direct that energy toward what I want him to do. This allows me to stay with him instead of him leaving me, mentally, emotionally or physically. The opposite is true too. It’s a fun way to play with transitions.
I’m procrastinating now to begin this day, because I don’t want it to end. I would love to finish the 6 week course with this amazing group of people that I have come to love and admire.
My saving grace is that I will be back in 2 months for Course Two and get to meet another group of amazing Horses and their People. The magnitude of this blessing is most definitely not lost on me.