Finding The Leader Within

My two warmblood mares require different aspects of leadership from me. FT is a confident mare and is always challenging my knowledge of her intelligence and ability to “place” my body where she wants it! Cally, my other mare, challenges my basic leadership skills of handling an extremely charged prey instinct within her.

With both, I use the skills Kirsten has shared and always carry my “bag of tools” if I need to change gears. What I am in the process of learning from my horses is I must be in the moment and maintain leadership that meets the needs of the horse at each moment.

During the snowy winter months here in Va., I go back to the basics to fill in the holes I left behind during the summer months. Kirstens first book outlines basics you can do in the barn on those cold, snowy days.  Standing for my prey instinct mare is a challenge. I must be very clear and present when asking her to stand. After two weeks of being attentive and standing, she was much better with the farrier this week. Yeh! Will move on to tying and standing this week!

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  1. Mari Miles says:

    Looking forward to seeing/hearing about your Walkers. I’ve been working with Kirsten over a year now and I have heard about your horses from her. Post soon!

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...."Many problems (of the horse) can be caused by unbalanced patterns of tension in the body"........
....."Uneven tension will often result in uneven body use, difficulty carrying a saddle and rider, stiffness generally 'through the back' or the body as a whole, behavioural problems etc..... " Gavin Scofield D.O.
Founder of Equine Postural Training &
Official Osteopath for the British Endurance team

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