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3.2. Natural Principles - Building Rapport

Horses are amazing creatures with so much heart and desire. Repeatedly they amaze us with their try and in what they will do for us, with no apparent earthly reason other than their willingness to give. Perhaps as horsemen, this characteristic is what connects us so strongly to them with an invisible yet undeniable bond.

3.36. Keep It Light – Riding Up

Have you ever studied how a horse truly moves? The rhythm of their feet, the flowing motion and that unmistakable impression they give of floating across the ground as they cover distances with ease. Indeed their hooves seem to spend far more time off the ground than on it.

It’s interesting to note then, that when getting people on their own two feet and asking them to demonstrate what they do when riding a horse, how many people ride their horses down.

2.17. Your Horse Is Your Mirror

A wise horseman once said that horses are like computers; they never do what you want but they always do what you tell them!

3.13. Perceptual Defence Mechanisms

We have already discussed denial and the limiting effects it can have on your success with horses. How do you know if you are in denial if you deny you have a problem? The answer is to be honest with yourself. Look for the possibilities that things could be better.

2.28. Believe And It Will Be

"If you think you can you will, if you think you can’t, you won’t, either way you’ll be right."

In the front pages of all of the Quantum Savvy theory books from our lesson packs, is a short list of key elements needed in order to achieve any measure of success not just with horses but in all facets in life.

3.24. Rein-Seat Connection

This is a term used when explaining the type of communication transferred from rider to horse when doing Contact Riding. Basically is describes the direct link from human to horse.

3.3. Reward The Slightest Try – The Offer

So what does it mean to reward the slightest try? Have you ever seen someone, or maybe it’s happened to you, trying really, really hard to achieve something with a horse and it’s just not happening? Then someone else comes along who is maybe a higher level and asks the horse to do the same thing and he does it straight away? It can leave you scratching your head in wonder, trying to figure out just what happened. Especially if it didn’t look as though they did anything all that different.

2.18. Ambidextrous – Both Sides Of The Story

You may have noticed already that just because you and your horse can do something well on one side or in one direction, it does not necessarily mean that it will be equally as good on the other.

Just like us, horses tend to be right or left sided. While most humans are right handed, the majority of horses tend to be left sided. That is, they tend to be happier and softer on the left side than the right.

3.14. Horseman’s Stick Riding

At this point of the QS programme, as we make our way through Level 3, we will primarily ride with two Horseman’s Sticks, testing and proving our independent seat and balance. Stick riding shows that we no longer rely on our reins for balance, that our confidence and independent seat have progressed and that our horses are listening to our legs, seat and focus.

2.29. Contact Riding / Soft Feel

Through the Level 2 section of the programme so far, we have increased our respect and leadership levels by playing with our horses on longer lines with more challenging and provocative tasks. We have built our vocabulary and fluency by beginning liberty in a round yard.

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