I call the eighth connection exercise “the Boomerang”. This is a very active exercise., so your horse has to be in a playful and energetic mood for it or you have to try and instigate this playful energy in your horse.
What is the objective of the Boomerang?
The primary objective is to have fun! This exercise fuels the fire of your horse which makes it run and play and eventually makes it jump and buck of playfulness. But only if you do the exercise well!
If you start up this game on the wrong moment, play it too long or too many times or don’t come across as playful but aggressive the horse no longer experiences the Boomerang as a game but as something very annoying and it will break the connection with your horse.
Where do you do this exercise?
I allready explained that all connection exercises are done in a large arena or meadow. Especially with this exercise this is especially important because you definitely don’t want to give your horse the feeling that you are chasing it. In a large arena you can play, go crazy and be energetic as much as you want, because the horse can take his distance if he would misinterpret this. It will notice that you are not chasing it around or staying close so your horse will understand then that it's a game.
This can only happen in a large area. Of course your intention is very important! Your intention is “let’s play together” and not “you need to run away now and then return”.
How do you do it?
Because of the preceding connection exercises you are now at the point that your horse enjoys your company very much and that the horse also happily follows you when it’s at liberty. So your bond is now so strong that you can send your horse away actively, trotting or galloping. You do this with a playful intention: “I feel like playing, do you want to join me?”
So we invite the horse to actively go into trotting or galloping. If the horse feels like it we send it away in front of us and let it run away from us energetically and invite it to return to us afterwards. As if you were throwing a boomerang. That also always returns if you throw it away correctly. Here it is like that as well, when you send your horse away in the right way it will want to return itself most of the time!
It is not an obligation but an invitation to return. It is not a command but a game!
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