When it comes to improving the connection with your horse there is one skill that will take your horsemanship to the next level:
Learning how to be present in the moment with your horse.
Horses are the masters of being present, its in their nature and part of being in a group/herd.
As a prey animal they rely on this skill to stay alive
We all have good intentions when working and managing our horse,
but often our thoughts are somewhere else.
We think about duties we still need to do, what we cook for dinner, thinking about work.. etc.
Observe yourself, how often you think about other things when with your horse. ; )
What that means is, we are always either in the future or in the past with our thoughts.
We are worrying about something that MIGHT happen, or being unhappy with something that HAD happened already.
Our world is so scheduled and busy, its hard to escape and settle down, or take a real break for a moment.
The good news is: You can learn to become more present and be in the moment with your horse. You just need to practise it, like you train a muscle to become stronger.
I have experienced this process through Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation and also when just hanging out with my horse. That was kind of my meditation in the past.
These days I like to be in nature such as the ocean/ beach or in the beautiful New Zealand bush to meditate. Just watching the waves and listen to the sound, or walking to the bush and noticing the different types of trees, hear the birds singing...
Meditation is when you are PRESENT in the moment, when you are REALLY noticing what is happening RIGHT NOW. Everyone can learn that. And it is very beneficial when we are with our HORSES,
but actually it is very beneficial for our health and well- being in general to slow down a bit from time to time...
I want to give you some easy ideas how to practise with or without your horse to become more present:
When you inhale and exhale, what can you feel?
Where can you feel your breath?
Close your eyes to get less distracted from the environment.
You can practise this in the paddock of your horse, at night before you fall asleep,
or through the day, when you have a moment to sit down.
You are focusing on the candle.
Some ideas what to practise when you are with your horse:
I am interested to hear, what your experiences are!
Please let me know. And don't hesitate to contact me, if you have questions about this or need a little more guidance with this. Happy to help!
If you want to know more about this, have a look at my NEW option " Equestrian Yoga and Mindfulness coaching " here on my website.
For the horses...
Britta Bruns, Invercargill