Softness

The word “softness” in equestrian jargon evokes different ideas for different people. What is it and what does it look like? Softness creates a feeling of harmony between horse and handler. There seems to be a common goal and an ease about the way in which the partnership interact. Softness seems ethereally invisible, and yet…

Ease vs Conflict

Isn’t it a universal need to be able to travel through life with ease? We work hard at our studies, careers and personal lives to achieve some sort of goal. Motivational speakers will say that being able to engage in your passion as a job means that you will never work a day in your…

Instant Gratification

Why can’t my horse do what we did the other day? It’s like he forgot everything he learnt and it’s so frustrating! It feels like we’re moving so slowly. These are issues I’ve experienced riders struggle with recently. It is easy to forget that when a horse greets us, they aren’t thinking about achieving a…

Going Around in Circles

We’ve hosted a few lunging workshops over the past two months and it has been interesting to see what people look for in lunging, how they use it and what they believe it achieves. The use of the lunge ring (or longe ring/round pen, depending on which part of the world you live in) was…

Consider Yourself

Equanimity has been systematically undergoing changes for the past few months. Transitions are incredibly taxing and the constant strain of metamorphosis takes its toll on a person. With the comings and goings of clients as we undergo these transitions, there has only been one piece of advise I have been giving clients as they leave;…

Being Proactive

If you have at any stage in your equestrian journey, experienced an existential crisis of Hempfling-like proportions, then you have the horse’s best interest at heart. The equestrian industry has fanatics on every conceivable end of the spectrum of crazy, inevitably induced by a love for all things equine. If you still have some manner…

Challenge is Feedback

Humans are riddled with emotions. We are designed to be swayed by our feelings, which are connected not only to our sense of self, but also to our intuition, our perception and our outlook on the world. Often when we are working with horses, coworkers, family or friends, we bring these emotions to the proverbial…

Already Perfect

“You cannot teach your horse anything.” Sandy said, smiling with that familiar glint of wisdom in her eyes. I had to pause to think about this statement. It is not a statement one expects to hear from a trainer and it is hard to accept as a trainer as well. The more I thought about…