I learned it from my grandfather, when I was very young. He grew up with horses, farmed with horses, and had close friends among the Tribes. He knew those ancient ways and combined them with the the old knowledge of Friesland, imparted through his German immigrant family. He taught horses by following them, explaining how this practice created willingness with horses, with deep trust, respect and willingness resulting. The Horse People of old told him of choosing a wild horse and simply following him until his curiosity led him to turn and follow him home to the encampment. This, of course, had a very practical application as my grandfather worked the fields with horses, walking behind them as they partnered with him on the land.
Through a lifetime of learning with horses, I'm still teaching Walking a Horse Down in all its variations developed and practiced at Spirit Horse Ranch Liberty Foundations on this sacred land full of resonance with the Plains Indian past and present.
I've been doing this for a lifetime, and never have a problem teaching this to a horse as it is part of me now. This doesn't mean that you won't have a problem with some horses. Liberty Foundations are about no resistance between horse and human. If your horse resists, it could be for a variety of reasons. If this happens, stop the activity and get instruction, as this could be dangerous. (I teach regular online classes in which you learn the nuances of WHD, and how to do it safely with each individual horse. My coaching calls are reasonable and very helpful; email me at email@example.com for help.)
Here are a couple of questions, with answers:
My horse doesn't want me to walk behind him. Why?
In this practice, your horse acknowledges your leadership. There are several reasons why your horse might resist this. In the beginning, he might not understand what you want. Many horses have been trained to turn and face when you look at their hip. Another reason is, of course, is that he may not acknowledge your leadership, yet.
How long should you do this? As long as you want to. Start with several willing steps. The time is really irrelevant, I think. Once you get this Foundation to be second nature to you and your horse, the practice flows seamlessly, as the practice evolves. The whole Foundations package gives your horse comfort and joy as he becomes who he was meant to be, living his life by his own herd language.
Please watch one of my videos of Walking a Horse Down at the end of this blog post. You can see that it's a gentle and powerful practice. I'd like to point out too that in my videos you'll find real people/real horses showing the Foundations. No dressed up people, no bathed-every-day horses, but Real. It happens every day.
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- Walking A Horse Down and the other Liberty Foundations
- How to create the bond of your dreams with your horse
- Energetic exercises and grounding for strong leadership
- How to leave your ego at the pasture gate, becoming self-less with horses
- What makes a good leader in the horse’s opinion, establishing deep respect
- Overcome fear and past trauma in both your horse and yourself
- Know what your horse is thinking
- Normalize your horse's behavior both with you and with other horses
- Create the Orb of Safety for mutual trust
January 14, 2015 (Intro, First Lesson), January 28, February 11, February 25 at your choice of 12:00 noon or 7 p.m.
Central Time (US & Canada)
The noon classes are popular with European students, as that time is in the evening there.
- Video and photo lessons
- Online Classroom lessons
- Four online Webinars with analysis of your submitted videos and Q & A
- Downloadable recordings of all online conferences
- Access to Ruella throughout the 7 weeks for Q & A on a private webpage, or, if needed, by phone.