The Horsefulness Liberty Training consists of 8 basic exercises. I call them the 8 Connection exercises, because the most important goal of these exercises is to build up a bond with your horse and spark a deep connection!
By doing the exercises your herd of two becomes very solid and strong and it is the perfect preparation of any future training you will have with your horse.
Just like a house needs a strong foundation to keep standing, so does your relation with your horse need a strong foundation! This foundation is build during Liberty Training! In my opinion Liberty Training is the foundation of all things.
Because how can you train a horse that walks away from you when it’s free? This horse is actually telling you it doesn’t really want to be with you… Training a horse that doesn’t want to be with you at all, let alone do something with or for you, is actually very disrespectful towards the horse… At that moment you force the horse to be with you, while the horse itself doesn’t get any enjoyment or satisfaction from this.
Or how can you train a horse that doesn’t show respect for your intimate and personal space? There is a big chance that this horse will push or kick you during training and literally will take your place. And how can you train a horse that does not feel safe with you yet? This horse will be tense and not capable to learn anything. A horse that does not feel safe with you will be hard to lead, in any exercise.
The truth …
But also when you have gone through all connection exercises with your horse and started with groundwork, lunging and/or riding, these exercises are a good way to know how much the bond with your horse has strengthened (or not) through your training.
A horse that always walks away from you as fast as it can, as soon as you remove the rope or reins after a training… And that doesn’t want to come near to you afterwards… well…that horse speaks the truth…
Of course it’s important to look for the reason why your horse wants to get rid of you after training, or after several trainings, and do something about it! Together with changing your training methods, doing the 8 connection exercises will strenghten and deepen the relationship you have with your horse again.
So the goal of the exercises from Horsefulness Liberty Training is:
- To build up a close bond with your horse, but also
- To maintain this bond or
- To rebuild and re-establish this bond.
- To prepare for groundwork
–> teaching your horse driving aids (Your Spot My Spot, Easy Herding, …)
–> teaching your horse the different lead positions ( Easy Herding, Liberty Leading)
–> preparing for circlework ( Spontaneous Cirlcing)
All this is again a preparation for successful gymnastic groundwork and riding.
Can you see how everything builds onto and is connected to each other?
The 8 connection exercises are
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