Always be acutely aware of the subtleties of communication that horses share. This can be when you watch the herd, a mare and a foal, or how your horse looks and expresses behavior when you’re with him. Learning to be right in that “now” moment with your horse is to be fully present right where he lives. He can recognize in a split second if you’re detached or if you are right there. You can’t install this in yourself with just a technique or “trick”; it has to come from your own self-awareness. And the thing that helped me the most was spending a lot of time observing horses. Constantly develop your “eyes” to be able to see more and more of the subtleties that horses share with one another. It’s fun to do and fascinating to have their world unfold in front of you in a way that you have never seen before.

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