For the last one and a half years, I have dedicated many hours toward training my horses at liberty using Carolyn Resnick’s method (The Waterhole Rituals). My passion for this training has given my horses and me great joy and we have been able to build a relationship based on mutual trust and respect. Although I host a variety of clinicians and support my horses in learning new skills, I am very careful to select clinicians who respect my work. I will never jeopardize the trust that my horses have placed in me to keep them safe.
In March 2016, we hosted our first Yoga and Horsemanship Clinic/Retreat here in Arenal, Costa Rica. Two amazing clinicians (Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter) guided our guests on an incredible journey through the practice of yoga and the development of skills in breathing, balance and oneness with the self to promote a better relationship between horses and humans. Their teachings resonated with me because I feel that any actions we take to connect with ourselves help us in the development of a stronger connection with our equine partners.
A few weeks ago, we hosted our second Yoga and Horsemanship Clinic. On our final day of clinic Tammy selected the topic of starting colts. We chose to demonstrate with my 3 year old colt named Wille. He is a rescue horse with only my teachings of The Waterhole Rituals under his belt. Tammy and I delighted in how calm and relaxed Willie was under saddle for his first time. He showed no fear or resistance and was eager to learn. It was amazing to watch the beauty and ease in which Tammy “showed him the ropes”, so to say! Watching them together was like watching a graceful dance with clear leadership and the willingness to follow.
The Waterhole Rituals have given my horses a strong foundation to enhance their ability to learn new things without fear or hesitation. Tammy’s method of teaching groundwork provided a beautiful way to transition my horses to the next level. She is truly an inspiration and I am grateful for her gentle guidance, leadership and dedication toward putting the horse first.
I look forward to our next adventure with the “Vaqueras Locas”!