To know and understand the natural horse, we better know, understand and accept ourselves --as well as others!
South Central Pennsylvannia
near Chambersburg, Pa.
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This riding program was an answer to a PRAYER -
'What do people need to know when riding"
and 'Fresh Start' was born. 1980-1982
Originally, Rose called this our beginner program --because this is what I felt everyone should know before getting in too deep into any riding technique. However, after an A circuit rider took this 'beginner program' to strenghten her legs after not riding for awhile stated: "I would not call this a beginner program because it will keep many a rider from participating. I would definitely take this program again, just as a 'REFRESHER, so we renamed our program 'Fresh Start'. Plus she said;
"I didn't even know what you taught in --your first class."
2016 --Recognized as EI Emotional Intelligence,
and/or EQ Leadership Training
So, If you are going to ride, it is important to know how to place a bridle on the horse, and to get it right. It all looks like a bunch of leather straps, so where do they go, and why? We start from scratch to see how you think, and what you do with your thoughts. How do you handle yourself, so we know how you will handle the horse! It's time to think, listen and give it your best try --calmly!
No matter your size, it's the how-to of the game of concentration and using the hands to be sure the bridle cannot escape or drop away from the task at hand. It you are forceful, the horse will react and raise their head, and bridling will be much morew difficult, so the best advice is to stay calm, and easy so they will lower the head and allow you to finish putting the bridle on. There's a lot of mind-body control involved, to keep it right and calm.
Criticism, and embarrassment are a major party of learning and trying to do something different. IT definitly inteferes with your concentration, so we insist that all keep their comments, movements and hand gestures to an absolute minimum so the student has full facilities --without interferrances. You think that's easy for the spectator? -NOPE! It takes awhile before confidence is restored.
Getting it right can not always be the easiest thing to do --if the horse is tall, so it takes some skill to have a smoothe operation to placing the bridle on the horse, or they will pull right their head right out of what you have already accomplished --so you would have to start all over again. Therefore it is important to know what you are doing and how to get it done before frustrating the horse with awkward attempts.
First time up can be frightening, especially if you are afraid of heights! It takes cautious patience to help someone who is petrified for two reasons, the horse PLUS heights! That's why she is here to get over her fears. Easy for us. NOT so easy for her. We just have to watch her every move and be her teacher and coach at the same time. She leans forward to hold on to the mane --just in case he takes off with her --so she thinks!