When you have spent enough time on the first connection exercise “Bonding Time” your horse should regularly come to you to seek out contact. Then it’s time to start with the second connection exercise which is called “Greet & Go”.
With “Greet & Go” we turn things around: The human now takes initiative and steps to the horse by himself for a greeting.
What is the purpose of “Greet & Go”?
The objective of this exercise is to build up more trust. Because now you move and walk towards the horse which means to a lot of horses: “Now something is going to happen, I will have to do or go through something…”
But with “Greet & Go” we show the horse that the human doesn’t always seek out contact because something has to happen. For instance: putting on reins, taking the horse along for training, taking care of the horse or just… petting. Not all horses like being stroked all the time and at any moment.
The horse also learns that the human shows respect for his emotions and boundaries. It’s very important that you learn how to see subtile changes in the bodylanguage of your horse to be able to show this kind of respect.
Where do you do it?
Just like with all other exercises from Liberty Training it is advised to practice in a big space, so that the horse can take a distance is he needs to.
How do you do it?
First take your time for “Bonding Time”. At a certain moment, when the horse is calmly eating grass somewhere or is looking around, you calmly step towards the horse while keeping the boundaries the horse sets in mind.
When you arrive at the horse you invite it for contact, let the horse smell your hand and then you go away.
Don’t worry if the horse doesn’t really want to make contact. By repeating this exercise regularly it will happen eventually. The horse needs to be given the time it needs if you want to build up a strong connection.
Together with the first connection exercise “Bonding Time” this is the exercise to make horses more curious and more people-orientated! But also when your horse already is curious and people-orientated this can still be a valuable exercise because you will learn to see and recognize your horses boundaries better and this way a better form of communication will grow.
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