"If the work is not joyful & transformative... you've missed the lesson of the horse"
You've missed the lesson of life.
When Life is About the Possibilities That You ALLOW
As soon as we are in their presence, they are aware.
"These horses are so incredibly alive.
Their sensitivity, their awareness, their openness to being aware, connected to everything is so invigorating, inspiring. I think that is why I feel so incredibly connected to life and nature when I am with them here along the lakes, but sadly the opposite is so true when I am with other horses. It breaks my heart how shut down they are in comparison. How turned off they are. It actually hurts to be around them sometimes.
But change is possible.
One rider astounded with what these new ways of working with her horse has done for her horse, stood in the centre of the arena watching her horse moving forward in an invigorating bold trot, and began softly crying, tears quietly coursing down her face and said softly into the silence as we watched: "He has come alive!"
Including physically ~ he has turned into a different horse. So much so that those who now see him today don't even recognize him from just 2 years ago. Even with her standing right beside him. They have no idea who he is. He moves, carries himself completely differently, with such incredible pride and awareness. No wonder no one recognizes him. The transformation has begun."
The tears were tears of joy because he was so beautiful, so incredibly fully alive in that moment.
The tears were tears of sadness for the damage that she had caused never knowing, never understanding, what she had inadvertently taken away from her horses through the years, tears for not letting them be fully gloriously alive.
Alive. <sigh> If only we could give that back to every horse.
At one time, I was just as sad, thinking there was nothing I could do. My heart broke wanting so desperately to give that back to every horse.
But today I make a different pledge and I feel hope, not sadness.
"I stand for the horse."
And I am going to try to give that back to every horse. Let's help them once again be fully, gloriously, joyfully alive.
Abridged From a book of the horses - ' So that We Can See' - The second beginning
Kjrsos is... difficult to define. Because any definition is limiting.
And a definition often demands that you simplify the complex.
And when I read the following words I realized what I had been trying to do for over 18 months was impossible. I had set myself a fool's task.
You find INSPIRATION
We offer instructor programs for those who want to go on to teach others how to ride exquisitely from the very beginning and also for those who will never teach others to climb on a horse's back ever but instead see the possibilities that exist when we bring human and horse together whether that is in an Equine Assisted Learning or Facilitated Program or in a meditation or mindfulness program. The possibilities are actually endless.
Yet the more any of us learn, the more perhaps we can be surprised to discover how inter-related these studies might possibly be. 'Your choice' to what extent you wish to specialize in certain Fields of Study and how you may want to combine the areas of study available. Yet we may gently suggest that you consider certain fields that you may not have previously considered relevant. The instructor who teaches someone to climb on the back of the horse may see little value in our mindfulness programs, only to discover that perhaps there is more here than they ever realized and the instructor who is eager to become involved with an equine-assisted learning program may see little value in studying the Healthy Movement of the Horse and both would end up missing something.
There are a lot of reasons for this, but here is an example to consider.
The horses are looking for messengers, teachers, friends to help them share what is in them to share. To share their voice, the insights, the revelations.
To teach, to mentor another, to be there to help every step of the way is a unique gift that you give to the world and yet, it is us who are so incredibly blessed. Knowing you have made a difference, knowing that you have been there to help another in real ways and that you have dedicated yourself to bringing insight, joy, support, inspiration, new discoveries, while watching a new relationship emerging between these two different spirits, horse and human delights the soul. As teachers, mentors we are blessed every day, we are the ones who get to see the joy, to share in a moment that you helped bring to life. You will be the difference in the lives of others.
If you want to be the best, that demands sacrifice. I think something few think about.
This will be amazing. As students become instructors they join together, challenging and supporting each other, asking the most important questions. In discussion, we explore concepts and ideas with an open mind and an open heart, seeing what we can learn, discover together, and add to the world body of knowledge on horses and our work with them so that the riders, friends of the horses, facilitators and teachers who are on the journey with us now and for those who are a part of our future can benefit as much as we do by this journey that we are so blessed to be a part of.
When Riding is About the Possibilities That You Put INTO
What is Kjrsos?
Kjrsos is... about who you are...
You cannot separate who you are, what your beliefs are, who you are as a human being and your horsemanship. To think that horsemanship is just about when to apply an outside leg or if at this point in time, a direct rein of opposition, a leading rein or an indirect rein would be more effective ~ is to just not get it. Yes, technical knowledge is essential, but these are just tiny pieces of the whole.
Because you are relating and interacting with something that is alive and more than that someone who is incredibly sensitive and empathetic. Something that thinks feels, and will react to your emotions, your thoughts, to who you are. It is what you bring to the table that means more. We can teach you the differences between the five different listed rein aids, how to organically bring about a piaffe (which is the horse trotting in place) through systematic training, how the different leg aids affect your horse. Yes, there is a wealth of information that we are happy to share, depending on how far you wish to progress, but these are just bits and pieces of a whole where there is so much more.
Knowing how to change the oil on a car, is satisfying but probably won't change you nor will the car be watching you, trying to decide how much to trust you, trying to figure out who you are, what you are. Your attitudes, your beliefs, your feelings have little effect on the car or the oil, or the dipstick or the other technical aspects of changing the oil in a car. And that is the point, this information, these pieces of knowledge while valuable are just technical aspects of horsemanship. A few facts that are only a little part of the whole.
Horsemanship is about more.
"If your very first step of piaffe is perfection then you can know that all the pieces that went into place before, did what they needed to do. Prepare the horse for the balance, the strength, the carriage of piaffe long before you ever took your first step.
If the very first stride of a walk to trot transition, leaps forward, lifts gloriously into the air with a free, open and powerful stride, then you know as an instructor that you have put all the right pieces into the hands of the beginner rider.
Thoughtful Development means that we prepare. We prepare our horses, our riders for success. The more knowledge that we have, the more likely that we can make those first steps amazing. It is when we struggle that we know that we still have so much to learn. Any failure of the horse, is actually our failure in preparation, in development, in our lack of knowledge, a missing piece that we have yet to find."
From Thoughtful Development: The Study of Kjrsos
"First of all let me make clear that there is no doubt in my mind that horses are incredible wise creatures and every day, I approach each horse, each new image ,with an open heart and hopefully an open mind, knowing that they have so much to teach me, and I need to keep as many preconceived notions as I can from interfering with the learning and the lessons that they have been patiently waiting for years for me to open my eyes and heart to. They do have all the answers but sometimes those answers can surprise you."
From The Mistakes of Training in Freedom Not Yet Published, to Be Published in Kjrsos Online Magazine Volume 3
Our Next Beginning
You Have Never Been Worked this Hard
This is not going to be a walk in the park. You may have taken lessons before, but nothing like this.
This is not turn up for an hour a week and you’re done. This is not sit on your horse and listen to what someone else tells you what to do for an hour. You will work. And you will work hard. Lectures, expected reading, tests if you decide to go for our Instructor Training Program, written feedback, keeping a training diary, and more.
You do have choices. You can work on this on your own, at your own pace, with no tests. But if you are signed up for any of the lesson programs, then this is going to be far different than you have experienced before. You may have come to Kjrsos through your Kjrsos Instructor, or you may have come to Kjrsos online. Either way, expect to be challenged in a way that you have never have been before.
"Kjrsos. Creating freedom within the horse's movement, creating a merging between two diverse beings both physically and in conversation, creating soul lifting beauty even in a moment as enticing as a free-flowing walk or a beautifully released beginning trot."
"It is the purity, the perfection of the basics that is difficult and hence here it is that you will return again and again, to perfect, to clean, to empower.
Think for a moment of what riding could be like if you have the knowledge, the awareness of what specific elements allow you to come closer to this perfection from the very beginning.
This is why beginning movements and beginner riders can be riding exquisitely, beautifully from the very beginning.
Because this is where Kjrsos lives. This is our mandate. "
Are you Worthy? Are You Ready?
Are you worthy? Are you ready? May seem like strange questions to ask.
What does that have to do with owning or riding or training, or just being around a horse?
Perhaps more than you realize.
The light in me bows to the spirit of the horse. May I be willing to accept your wisdom. May I learn the lessons you are patiently waiting sometimes for endless years to teach. May I have the fortitude and the necessary gifts to share your wisdom, your voice, your story, which I know at heart is our story.