"Intentional Horsemanship is more than an approach to horses and horse handling, it is a way of life. It is based on love, mutual respect, understanding, and trust.
It is the freedom to create in the moment, to be flexible, to blend united, as well as to have the strength to follow through, finding understanding and purpose together, as one.
These principles apply to all relationships and are not limited to horse or human.
I’m talking about not so much emphasis on pressure/release - or stacking on the pressure until you get the desired response, often building brace, and then reward by releasing - but rather about presenting the horse with an understandable feel, adjusting to fit the individual horse's view and whenever possible, releasing the horse to the desired maneuver, thereby creating lightness and willingness in the horse and in his relationship to the human.
I’m approaching the horse with the intent of teaching him to become a thinking partner and preparing the horse for a versatile future, allowing for whatever time is befitting to the horse for the solid foundation. I’m setting him up to succeed by freeing the horse physically, mentally, and emotionally to do the job in mind, which is rewarding.
This takes time to learn and I have found it is well worth that time to have the result of an intelligent and thoughtful partner in a horse. It is not so difficult to learn, but may require a shift of intent in the overall approach to horsemanship."
If this approach to horsemanship sounds right for you and your horse, or you would like to learn more about this method, contact Rayna for your coaching, training or clinics.
Rayna offers training for your young horse under saddle, restarting older horses, horses with people problems, and ground handling at any age. This includes weekly sessions with the horse and owner.
Tellico Plains, TN (423)253-3138
Right: Off to a new start with Dusty, a mustang mare in Aguanga, CA
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