To train a horse properly we should take a number of areas in consideration:
1. The body of the horse
2. The mind of the horse
3. The body of the rider
4. The mind of the rider
5. The relationship between both horse and rider
We all know that a horse in physical, mental and emotional balance is a pleasure to work with! And for the horse the following applies: A rider in physical, mental and emotional balance is a pleasure to work with .
So we have to make sure we eat healthy, do Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation or other exercises and do some self improvement and personal development to balance our body and mind.
And straightness training helps to balance our horse’s body and mind, because a relaxed and straightened body will positively affect the mind.
But to have a perfect balanced “inner” horse we have to work on our relationship with our horse and develop our trainer qualities:
We have to make sure that we are able to calm down our horse when he is upset, that we can restore his confidence when he looses it, and that our horse looks forward to doing things with us and not runs away if he sees us.
If you can help your horse to become more supple and stronger in his body and if you can help your horse to get in a calm, relaxed, confident, trusting, respectful and willing state, then you can conquer the world with your horse!
In straightness training we strive for a balanced body and mind of the horse, a balanced body and mind of the rider and a balanced relationship!
If something is out of balance, see it as a challenge!