Fear, helpful for protection and survival.
Having a safety plan and lessening the fear. Trusting some one to be included in that safety plan
Peace, trust, acceptance, is that opposite feelings of fear?
When your horse begins to trust you and responds to your calm reaction when exposed to something new on the trail, in the barn, or coming in from the field with the herd, is that less fear on their part or more confidence you are displaying? When interacting with horses, respecting healthy fears and using sensible precautions, can be felt and seen as more confident behavior.
When engaged in an Equine Activity at Prospect Riding Center, we break down a task into detail that can direct the student to find success more readily. Reaching detailed goals brings out self responsibility, which is foundational to improve and strengthen ones well being. The horse can push us to own our own power to take care of ourselves, push us into a life lesson. That life lesson can be seeing and learning about boundaries. Our lesson times at Prospect Riding Center are encouraging for exploring and setting boundaries.
Getting our own fears out in the open helps us to release some discomfort. Having the trust of another or a plan for oneself brings a sense of freedom. Learning how to be selective with that trust in another and in our own instinct can be nurtured through time with a horse. The feedback from a horse can be instant, and a healthy interaction can occur producing positive benefits. Can these benefits become a part of our foundational psyche? Our physical body reacts to exercise with a form of muscle memory. Can our emotional reactions become more positive, can we generalize a positive emotional memory? What would block that learning process? For some of us problem solving,setting boundaries, and being vulnerable does not come easy. Anxiety, shame, anger,low self esteem can alienate us. Our horses are just not into that!
Right now we are working on getting Axel’s ears trimmed! He stands well and lowers that big head for trimming his bridle path with electric clippers, but don’t touch those ears with the clippers! Gently we continue to stroke his ears and get them used to our hands holding them and the clippers getting close. Just how long it will take, we’re not sure? We will continue to work towards that goal. Shaming him, being angry with him or intimidating him is not an option for us here at Prospect Riding Center. Respecting that boundary as he slowly allows us closer to our goal, is a worthy assignment!