As I sit at my computer posting lessons with my own herd right outside my window, in Ireland Cloud looks at Maire questioning, "You want to walk behind me?" In Sweden, Birgit sees Neo, Jolinar and the others change herd behavior as she teaches them Liberty Foundations for only two weeks! In Kentucky, Barbara discovers what Willow really wants in her life: a close, safe bond with Barb. Mike in Texas finds himself overwhelmed at his boarding stable as all the horses want to be with him! (A fun problem!) Sonja in Virginia is curious to learn how to adjust herself to reflect each separate conversation and partnership with her equines. And on and on around the horse world!
Am I intimately involved with my students? Absolutely. Every one. I feel that their horses are part of my own herd, and the people are sisters and brothers in our quest for a better way with horses. During our 6-week class, I hear from my students several times a week, as questions come up. It's part of the deal: I'm here and available to be sure they get the highest-quality teaching possible. I've found that my students appreciate that so much. We may be miles, and oceans apart, but we are not remote. We are as close as the internet or the phone! Read, now, what some of my online Liberty Foundations students are saying:
I love the online class very much , the big advantage being that I´m able to be at home and work with my horses between the lessons, which gives me the chance to get help with all the small and big failures. Some of the foundations came just naturally the first time, but the "walking a horse down" showed to be a lot trickier during the next trials. Which may be quite normal as I´m just learning...But with Ruella by my side, it doesn´t feel like I have to give up in such a situation, it would otherwise be easy to say "this is just not working out for me". But now I have somebody to ask. I have attended live courses with other trainers, came home highly motivated and tried the new things on our horses. Some worked, some did not, and there was nobody around any more to ask, which was very frustrating.
I agree totally with Ruella's way of being with horses; if a horse does not want to be with you, liberty training will show it . If your horse doesn´t want to be with you, start thinking about why . It´s yourself you have to change, and Ruella shows us how to do it to become the leader a horse wants to follow.
--Birgit Ewaldsson, Sweden
I am really enjoying the online class. I’m learning how to think like a horse and consider what my horse is thinking. I have just started with Liberty Foundations, but my horse is already more content & trusting. I am looking forward to a more trusting and loving relationship with my horse. It is very special to me to spend time at liberty with my horse. --Chrissi Friedemann, Oklahoma
I think what I am learning most in the class is to enter the world of my horse. He, of course, is already there. He clearly understands spending time together and greeting. While I often sit with both my horses, I think I have probably been focusing on them in my mind. As I sit with Cloud now I am very aware of not focusing on him and this makes a big difference in his openness to me. The current foundation we are practising - Walking a Horse Down - is certainly showing me lots about our relationship! Being at liberty is key. Even though I am taking charge of this very masterful pony he seems to carry no resentment for that and comes up to greet me each time. --Máire Kennedy, County Clare, Ireland
What I am enjoying and learning from your class is the whys of horsemanship. I have learned from other trainers about natural horsemanship, but you have given the best explanation of why your Liberty Foundations work. This for me is powerful. I did other liberty work before, but you have given me a context to frame my understanding and this helps me embrace the work even more. I also have gained a renewed sense of trust in myself and my instincts with my herd. Plus I have realized I need to be more conscious of my energy and how this energy almost seems to dictate my relationship with my horse. I also have a renewed desire and vigor to work on these relationships will all of the equines in my herd and am curious to see how I must adjust myself to reflect each separate conversation and partnership with my equines. --Sonja Knecht-Hoshi, Virginia
I have found that Ruella's class is having a profound impact on how I think about and view my mare, Willow. Ruella provides very clear instruction which has taken the mystery out of what appears to be magic. Previously I had worked with a wonderful trainer who could ride my horse from the ground and my horse would gait beautifully and as smooth as glass with his instruction/presence. I often asked him how he did it and he could never give me an answer just that "it" happens. He was definitely a horse whisperer and a very gentle soul but he was not able to translate his approach into something a lay person could understand. Now I have a plan and a thought process even before I approach my horse that puts me mentally and physically in a frame and state that the horse will understand. I know now what it exactly means to leave your ego at home. I meditate with Willow and think about what she would be thinking about.
"The sky is so blue today, it feels so nice when the breeze blows thru the pine trees and cools my warm back and tosses my mane and the fragrance of cut grass fills my nostrils, oh I'd like to eat that nice green grass."
My energy is calm and I'm not worrying about what others in my barn think about what I am doing. I am confident that Ruella's guidance will transform my relationship with Willow in a very positive way. After two short weeks in this class, she now stays with me relaxed when something spooks her, whereas before she would try to be with the other mares and would nervously move her feet and tense up.
Ruella also makes herself very approachable and responds very quickly and individually to my questions. I know she listens and looks at each of our situations individually and does not give a one for all answer to our questions. She is very specific and clear in her communication skills. I am fortunate to have her in my life. --Barbara Klusmeyer, Wisconsin
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Watch with my online class this teaching video of several of the Liberty Foundations. This week's lesson is about Walking a Horse Down and Look at Me, illustrated in this video. This is my first session with a saddlebred gelding in Dallas, TX.
Would you like to learn Liberty Foundations with your horse? Contact me at email@example.com to reserve your place in our fall online session!
Are you ready for a Paradigm Shift with Horses?
Join us at Spirit Horse Ranch near Oklahoma City for a Liberty Foundations adventure in Herd Language and Equine Communication that will change your life! Your horses are waiting!
with Ruella Yates and Susan Smith
Members of the Independent Liberty Trainers Network
Founders of Liberty Foundations Coaching for Horses:
Winning the Heart and Mind of the Horse
September 27-28 2014
Join us in this 2-Day Clinic at Spirit Horse Ranch near Oklahoma City
Come learn Native American and Old West traditions in a 'new' way of liberty training that is as old as the time horses and the 'first people' came together in the American West.
Invest Now in Relationship with your Horse!
*6 Guest horses accepted! Price includes lunches, snacks, drinks.
Email Ruella at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and enrollment details!