For those who may not be familiar with me and my work with horses, I produced a video called The Path of the Horse. The video documents my search for a different and more fulfilling way of being with horses than what I had been taught in the traditional horse world. There is more information about the video here: www.thepathofthehorse.com .
This first photo is of Sundance. Sundance is the horse most responsible for setting me along this path. She's 16 now and we've been together since Sundance was 6 months old. Sundance is a Dutch Warmblood mare. Today I spent time scratching her and doing a little ground work.
Here is Sofi, a 7 year old pinto pony mare. In the photo we're working on communicating over the exercise of leg stretches using the rock as a pedestal.
And of course Patrik, a 10 year old Hanoverian gelding. He's the unquestioned leader of the herd of 3 and the most advanced in terms of the work we're doing. All work is done without tack from the ground up. In the picture above we're working on a crunch.
This looks dramatic but it's actually a controlled rear. It's one of Patrik's favorite things to do.
Here's ramener while mounted. We haven't gotten the feet figured out yet but it will come.
I was joking with Justtina that I should call my place "Yawning Horse Ranch". The yawning happens with all the horses I work with. I think it might be what I call "processing" which is the moment when the horse seems to be understanding the lesson. I'm pretty sure that it's a moment when the horse is best left alone until he stops yawning and is ready for more. I'm still exploring this phenomena with the horses.