In my last blog, I planted the suggestion that the human mind has a default, a factory setting if you like. Curiously, this is to be happy, confident and mentally robust. Think about how young children and babies behave. Do they worry about how they look in their clothes? Do they care if their pram is the number one best seller, the most in vogue colour? Does it get them down that they can’t do something like read or write? That’s because they operate on their factory settings, infinitely curious and quite happy to just be. As we grow, however, we pick up beliefs of two types, those that stand us in good stead and those that limit us and make us feel bad about ourselves. Read more
Do horses know what we’re thinking?
Over their evolution and domestication, horses have never lost the ability to read others and their minute changes in body language. As herd animals they require the innate capacity to read others’ intentions before an event. When you were cantering, thinking of trotting, your unconscious mind communicated your thoughts to the body and what would be to you an infinitesimal change in your physiology, was perceived by your horse as a cue to trot. With practice, this subtle communication can improve your riding style and transitions between, and within, gaits. All you have to do is think of the gait you want to move on to, a half-halt of the mind if you like, then apply the aids. You should begin to find that your aids can be softer and more natural. Read more