January 6th,  2014

By Karine Vandenborre

Easy Herding

During the fifth connection exercise, also known as “Easy Herding,” you create a deep herd feeling with your horse while working on body language and clear communication. 

You can only start with Easy Herding when all the previous connection exercise go well: there is 100% trust and during “Your Spot, My Spot” you can get your horse to move easily with subtle driving aids.

Why do you do "Easy Herding"?

From birth on, a foal is taught to react on the body language of his mother and all other members of the group, and he finds it normal to be driven by them. The foal knows from an early age that he should stay between the “aids of the herd” if he wants to feel safe and secure.

A horse remembers and recognizes this during his entire life. Horses see everybody who drives them in an assertive but most of all FRIENDLY way as a part of their group. So by doing Easy Herding, we establish a stronger herd feeling. 

You can ask your horse anything

Although you are walking behind the horse, you can ask everything you want: walking, trotting, turning towards you, turning away from you, slowing down, speeding up, halting, waiting, turning in, serpentines, circles,...  In the Liberty Connection Program I show you exactly how to do this. 

It's so much fun to be able to guide and lead your horse while you are walking behind him instead of in front of him.

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