How do you make the most of the time you have to spend with your horse?
I’d like you to take a moment and think about your answer… when you are with your horse or practicing your riding, what makes you feel as if it was time well spent?
Time is our most valuable resource, we can’t get it back and we can’t create more. In today’s world, we all lead busy lives, and it can be difficult to slow down and be completely present in a moment.
But this is exactly what’s required to connect to our horse and make the most of our time together, whether that is riding, groundwork, or just being in the barn.
In last week’s video, we discussed how to focus on the quality of your time instead of the quantity of that time, because, as much as we’d like to, we can’t create more hours in the day.
Also in the last video, I shared a simple exercise you can use to start your ride to connect with yourself, your senses, and your horse.
Today, I’m going to give you an exercise to find this feeling before your ride even begins. You can use this as you bring your horse in from the field, as you walk with them to the arena, or for a few minutes as you prepare for your ride.
This exercise is simple, but can be more challenging than it appears!
Give it a try and I look forward to hearing how it goes in the comments!
Troubleshooting: This exercise requires catching the rhythm of your horse’s steps but also asking your horse to keep their rhythm. It’s not unlike riding in that we initiate movement and then go with that movement. If you find that your horse goes too slowly make sure they clearly understand your request to walk faster and that you are not inadvertently stopping your own forward movement in an attempt to catch the rhythm of their strides.
Bonus Tip: Once you’ve tried them separately, see if you can combine last week’s video of breathing in sync with your horse’s steps with this week’s groundwork exercise!