08-14-2011, 06:00 PM
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I watched five horses during individual lessons and there was theoretical lecture. In Silvesand I didn't notice anything characteristic like 7 games in PNH. There were exercises for giving to pressure, using suggestion, working on circles, trailor loading, but it is everywhere. Though when watching Monika I was impressed how softly she did everything! I learned a lot about observing horse's feelings, emotions and how look on horses behaviour and head to see it. It's very important when we want to be soft. Monika didn't do anything for what horse is not ready. It's great! But when a situation needs it she can be firm. It was also great. I think it is very hard to teach others how to work with horses this way. People I watched were not confidence and assertive because they were trying to be ONLY soft. I think that's a big problem, because it made horses with lack of respect and so on.
Also everything was on very low amount of energy (which not always is good in my opinion). Relaxation of horse was very very important. Horse must be ready for task we give him.
I heard also about very nice saying :) We need to be like electric fence: clear rules, no agression (have you ever seen electric fence which following horse to kick him prophylactically?), immediate release :)