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  ~ Our FIRST transformative course is just around the corner!!  Based on the First book by Kjrsos - SO THAT WE CAN SEE.  The book taking on another dimension when you can see the pictures and the video behind the stories shared in 'So That We Can See', we take you through the book chapter by chapter and you get to be part of the experience in the weekly webinars.  Register today to grab your seat!  An experience to raise our awareness of the incredible gifts and teachings of the horse in a completely new way. Discover what it takes to have a strange horse walk up to you and says "I choose you."  Choosing you above all others, ahead of family, ahead of friends, willing to walk away from all of that to be with you.

 

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We currently have in development 19 Fields of Study comprising of over 150 courses and 1500 individual classes in development.  

An incredible body of knowledge that directly relates to how and what the horse can become when we climb up on their backs and more than that how we can help them. Knowledge that holds a lot of the answers on how to become a truly extraordinary rider, instructor, trainer.

Comprehensive intensive information, for an unparalleled transformative riding experience and connection with your horses.

Developing an unsurpassed exhaustive resource of equestrian knowledge.

 

And more than that

Every Lesson a Lesson in Self-Awareness

 The science and the magic of being with our horses.  

 

 

An equestrian program created by the horses

Our thanks to that which is  KJRSOS

The Guiding Spirit of the horse

 

 

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Studying the shoulder of the horse.  Deserving of study because it is different in the horse then it is humans.  There is no skeletal connection in the horse for the shoulder and the front legs.  They have no collar bone and we need to understand the ramifications this has on the movement of the horse.

æquilibrium

 æquus Equal

libra Balance

Showing the horse without the rider

How he leans through , counter balances through head and neck, how he morphs from one moment to the next and all are in balance and speaking to how we need to never compromise the whole, that contributes to this concept of equal balance or all being in balance.

 

 

Where do we want the weight to be supported from?  Three Levels. Front, Center, Back and what does this look like in the horse.

Bend vs Lean

Banking through a turn versus staying upright through the turn

Covering everything from change of bend, what we want to see in the horse/human combo when we any kind of turn.  Based on Foundation Principle To Move Into Our Hand

A discussion on tracking up, overtracking and are we focusing on the wrong thing?  Rather than worrying about overtracking or tracking up that this as everything is about balance.  Sweet exquisite balance of the horse/rider, the centaur, combination.  The horse needs to step into the specific spot that balances what is above.  He needs to step into the center of balance to lift it up into power.

While of course the horse's balance continually morphs as he moves and plays, from front to back and side to side, it is when we mount that this becomes an issue.  Also when we look at the subtle changes from one quick moment to the next, the changes can happen so rapidly or change almost instantly again that it can be difficult for us to see the changes.

As a rider and trainer, this becomes one of the more important lessons and skills that you can have.  Not only because it determines what is healthy for the horse but because it determines how the aids work on the horse's body.  Contrary to popular belief, not all aids work that same all the time and that is mostly affected by which level of balance the horse is in when you use that aid.  Certain rein aids, for example, don't work at all in the first level of balance but work fine in the second and third level of balance.

Without this knowledge, both rider and horse are doomed to failure.  It is in a way if you think about it completely unfair to the horse to utilize stronger aids, harsher bits, when we are the ones at fault for not realizing that what we are asking, in the way we are asking it, in the when, when we are asking it, is just not possible.  That we are working at cross purposes of exists in the horse at that moment in time.

 

These tools can be powerful.  Any powerful tool needs to be treated with respect.  Used in the training method referred to as clicker training which encompass the concepts of positive and negative reinforcement.  The basic concepts go far beyond just a click and a treat, and are at some level a part of any relationship.  Which is why it is so important that you understand these concepts and how they impact upon your training and your relationship.

The concept is not difficult to understand, but what to do it is.  This challenges almost all training methods that we use for our horses and challenges us in new ways.

Examine if your training regime is one that uses chase as the key element of training.

How do we want this relationship to work,

Do we want to chase, or do we want them to follow?

What does your training system say to the horse?

When we raise our children, from the very beginning, as babies we look to stimulate, to activate them, as children and young adults to educate them, and then we take this bright mindful creature and we look them up to look at four walls in a cage of 10 by 10 feet, or look at the same fence line and dirt lumps in a 40 by 40 foot enclosure, or a few acres of grass that is 'safe' but perhaps boring.   As the individual who restrains these creatures, who limit their interaction with a rich diverse natural world we have a responsibility with our horses the same as we do with our children, to raise an intelligent horse.  To enrich their lives that brings out their best potential.  Also perhaps we also need to take the time to question why when we think about breeding, buying a new horse, that intelligence is not one of the markers of what we think is valuable.

Based on the premise of "Raising an Intelligent Dog" 

A series of articles that speak to the interacting and training of the horse and how important it is to spend as much time as possible learning to work with our horses in such a way that they spend as little of their lives as possible with the halter on.  The more we can learn to work with the halter off, the more that teaches us about our interactions with our horses.  It gives them more of a voice, helps in the development of their consciousness when they are given a choice.  If we need the halter, we need to explore how else can we change, what else can we find. How much farther we have to go.

 

Teaching the Language of Energy

  ~ Our FIRST transformative course is just around the corner!!  Based on the First book by Kjrsos - SO THAT WE CAN SEE.  The book taking on another dimension when you can see the pictures and the video behind the stories shared in 'So That We Can See', we take you through the book chapter by chapter and you get to be part of the experience in the weekly webinars.  Register today to grab your seat!  An experience to raise our awareness of the incredible gifts and teachings of the horse in a completely new way. Discover what it takes to have a strange horse walk up to you and says "I choose you."  Choosing you above all others, ahead of family, ahead of friends, willing to walk away from all of that to be with you.

 

Every approach is the first.  An opportunity to communicate perhaps in a way that you never have before.

Includes the safety rules of being around the horse?

Pre-requisite Understanding and Basic Communication

 

Includes bridling

Bridling Choices?  Bitless vs Non-bitless

snaffle vs curb

no loose ring

Saddling Choices - why the saddle works

Treeless Saddles,, might not always be the answer re spine freedom

Running up the stirrups

no tie downs  running instead of standing

Why we don't lunge.. don't need the energy burn off one and because of the size of the circle.  and because we don't chase.  But note this will have been covered in a course on relationships.. need to check pre-requisites will this have been already covered or should we just wait to cover this.

Need to decide if this is only going to be a how to in prep for foundation patterning or if it is here we go in depth on saddling choices

holding off stirrup

using the mounting block

including research from McPhail Chair

 

The Beginning of Transformational Riding

A study guide to how to introduce the concepts of how to actualize the concepts behind "This is us becoming them."

Your seat should be a seat that brings life, power, to your horse.

How to move the horse to the wall.  Pretty sure there will be an article on this somewhere in HFL

Note further resources on Shoulder-In in Kjersos Dressage on how to introduce Shoulder-In to advanced work in shoulder-in.

See Beginning With The Rider article 

Kjrsos Principle We always begin with the rider.  It is the rider that determines if healthy movement is a possibility.  By starting with removing the limitations created by the rider, we empower and respect the horse from the very beginning as we take responsibility for our own issues. We fix ourselves first.

Leg Aids Don't mean faster

Collection is the horse ready to do what we want to ask for next.

 

In changing directions, we are literally changing course.  Crossing over from merging with the energies of the horse, and becoming that energy, and now to direct that energy consciously.   As soon as we take up choice we become responsible for all that transgresses from this moment forward.  Authority cannot be had without responsibility.  The two are joined, two different sides of the same coin.  This is the challenge you have now undertaken.  Do not take it lightly.  Be humble and forgiving of yourself though because it is a journey for all of us.

 

 

γένεσις

 

 

The outside yielding rein. Over three decades of teaching and it was only today when I sat down to create this series of lessons that I came to realize that I have been using a rein aid that to all extents and purposes doesn't exist.  It isn't listed anywhere.  It hasn't even been given a name.  But it is possibly the rein aid that I use the most frequently.  Other riders use it, teach it, but don't necessarily speak of it as a rein aid.  We can work on a different name.  It is ours to name, since it doesn't seem to be listed anywhere else.  Perhaps a good article would be why is it that we don't name a rein aid that gives and only list those that take.

 

All Potential Lives in Collection

Every moment with your horse is about collection.  Collection is not an end goal, collection is not a final form, but is along for the entire ride.  It is there in a milder form, if your horse's body is healthy.  There to nurture, to develop, to cradle, to find and to protect and perhaps most importantly of all, to allow.

Potential ~ Ability | Possibilities | Capacities | Capabilities

 

Of should this be collection lives in potential?

This is preparing the rider for the concept that in every movement is the 'potential' for collection, so we need to be aware and ready to allow, support, and praise as the baby steps of collection begin to appear.

We start here, because this is where we will end.. It is from this point forward we need to be aware of possibilities of the potential of what the end is, so we know where we are going and when we are surprised by that special moment we can embrace it, praise it, glory in it, in that moment in time.  Sometimes the change will be subtle and a little more difficult to find to reward, so we must be vigilant always.

The pre-eminent movement that is the base of all movements.  It is the key leading to access to power of the hind legs and is the key to all other movements, from piaffe to pirouettes.  This one movement is everything. Which makes how you access shoulder-in the most important thing that you will ever learn.  

Movement - A language through our physical bodies

Note: Links to The Equine Bend Classes

Playing with corners ~ the beginning of exploration of the possibilities that live in the horse.

Need to subdivide.. the yield of the outside hand for initial corners.. that lesson.  Versus playing with corners and the training possibilities that live in there.  

Pre-requisite The Mobile Shoulder under The Study of Healthy Movement 

From collected to extended trot.

Including the mittletrab

Not only what each is and the dangers in each but what each brings to create a malleable, released yet powerful in the strength it brings to the horse's body.

The balance of two sides equally developed.  Equal bend and release.  The pinnacle of our horsemanship.  But a word that has no business being referred to at any but the most developed and highest levels of your equestrian journey.  This is the quest.  The equestrian quest.

They can not be too much forward.  Forward protects the horse from us.

 

This is such an important subject.  This movement the base of everything that is to follow, this is where you will live for the rest of the equestrian journey.  It can be a direct path to piaffe, pirouettes and so much more. 

Prerequisites:

Course: The Shoulder-In

Curriculum: The Foundation

Strongly Suggested:

Curriculum: A New Relationship

Additional Suggestions;

Curriculum: The Study of Movement

 

 

The same concept is referred to as the side pass in western riding.

Introducing tear drop pirs

Yes of course we have been playing with transitions, taking our horse from one gait to the next.  This is about the journey where transitions are a constant not the aberration.  Which is how most people ride.  They put their horse on a trot and they trot and trot and trot, in the same direction, in the same rhythm, with the same straightness, on ad infinitum, then at some point in time they ask for a walk, or maybe a canter.  Transitions are so much more.  They are alive.  They are the conversation that we have been striving for and finally now are going to be able to expand.  There is language, a conversation, varied, diverse, heart lifting.  They build power in the horse preparing them for a new balance.

 

 

In this section include the ribbon exercise, piaffe pirouette through the center, combined with the four track shoulder-in both ways.

This is not something you do, this is something you find.  You can find it because it now exists.  All the work that you have done to now, creating a horse that is now balanced, equal, in carriage, in flexibility, in bend.  Equal capabilities gives you straightness.  

 

We have to be able to see the illusion to know that there is a damaged body and heart that it is up to us to help.

If the horse is not poll high he is behind the vertical.

 

If the horse is behind the vertical he is not poll high.

 

Both of these are true.

 

Yes rollkur is the extreme position of behind the vertical and much of what is true of rollkur is also true of behind the vertical, it is just not as obvious and unfortunately we ended up in rollkur because certain trainers and riders chose to go down the road of a little bit of behind the vertical is not bad, which becomes a little more and a little more and the next thing you know we have rollkur.

Any amount of behind the vertical is wrong.

If the horse is not poll high he is working behind the vertical.

From the Western Job on down, putting the horse on his front end is damaging to the horse

This course presupposes that you have studied The Study of Good Movement.  Especially the Intricacies of the Walk. The Foundation Principles and The Foundation Riding Method and the required patterning of the rider should be considered a pre-requisite as well.  Unless we have all the pieces, we cannot heal the damaged horse.

This course presupposes that you have studied The Study of Good Movement.  Especially the Intricacies of the Trot. The Foundation Principles and The Foundation Riding Method and the required patterning of the rider should be considered a pre-requisite as well.  Unless we have all the pieces, we cannot heal the damaged horse.

Recognizing and then healing the atrophied back.

Addressing the issues that arise from the concepts of stretching the horse.

The possibilities of using loose work to help the damaged horse but considering the possible issues, we would need to cover those as well.  How this might not be the way to go.

 

The physical and the element of connection every breath connecting you all life, you breathe in what they breathe out.  They breathe out what we breathe in.  A connection to all life.  A moment to give thanks.  A moment to center yourself back in your center.

Breathing for Humans

Breathing for Horses

Questioning the necessity of science in our equestrian experience as well as raising the issues that result when our focus in on science ahead of the experience.

The Body Complex

a place where there is no force, that only the weight of the reins exist between us. It is the beginning of the creation of the centaur.  Where we exist as one body.  Moving together as one without 'let or hinder'.    We create a new body when we merge with the horse(separate article)  but this is not a merging where parity exists.  The horse changes as he needs to, because a different balance is called for, not just because of the extra weight but because of the shape and placement of that weight.  His new body has grown taller, not just heavier.  Other than these rebalance changes his movement remains his own, he does not change his movement, his timing of his movement to match the human on his back, rather it is up to the human half of the centaur to do that.  The human has ALL of the responsibility of merging his body and its movement to that of the horse, its every twitch to completely follow and allow ALL movement of the horse beneath him up to and including his breathing.  The space where we place no force, no weight, no interference, no resistance or hindrance to the energy of the horse. An incredible challenge to each of us.  This is us becoming them. 
 
This is us becoming them. 
 
I think that is what everyone misses.  
 
We climbed aboard thinking to take charge, not thinking we have to give up of ourselves.  That this is not about the horses giving themselves up to us, but us giving ourselves over to the shape, form and energy of the horse.  Our body becoming an extension of theirs.  
 
When we combine this with the ability to directional aid, the closer we come to a complete merging, then the astounding happens, we go from becoming them, to their body becoming ours. A state where the aids become almost compulsory.
 
Before then, though we fumble we bumble along, creating problems for ourselves, creating problems for our horses.  It is at this point that intention is everything.  If you are trying for the final goal the horse becomes your partner, helping you along the way, you are not adversaries but companions always ready to help each out,. The entire concept of Kjersos is predicated upon this journey, the instructors, the classes, the material all of it designed to minimize the bumps along the road, from beginning with studying the movement of the horse, to understanding the changes to movement in the centaur body to the foundation method helping you to pattern your body, to the horse body complex, all of it designed to help you,  to help the horse, all of us ready to help you on this journey.
 

Kjersos principle I will not limit the outside of my horse

I will not take the center of mass of the horse's head away from his body poll high

The only purpose of a cavesson is to have it there in case you get off and need to be able to lead your horse from it. Thus it needs to be no tighter than your average halter, but it is actually best to just get rid of the dang thing.

The walk is the gait of explanation

The trot is the gait of training

Our commitment program includes a commitment to the Kjersos Principles, a commitment to sharing and inspiring others, to building up the knowledge and resource base available for other riders which includes giving your permission to Kjersos to utilize all material of your interaction with the Kjersos website, with all Kjersos Guides and Instructors, including quotes, text, images and video for the continued advancement of knowledge and inspiration to others. Since time is our most precious commodity, any time taken away from preparing future material for additional programs and courses, is a cost too dear to use without the possibility that knowledge is being returned to this incredible resource center.

We currently have one mentorship space available.

Equine Facilitated Learning Awareness Program. A comprehensive and in-depth training programs for incorporating Kjrsos, the horse as teacher, guide, mentor, and healer for us humans.

The Equine Facilitated Awareness Mindfulness Meditation Program. A meditation practice incorporating Kjrsos, the horse who as a teacher, guide, mentor, and healer for us humans, amplifies what is possible.  Makes easy what seems impossible.  Helps us transition from where we are now, to the brilliance we are meant to be. 

Exercise class on how to expand our awareness of other lives. To become connected and begin to feel the connection of family

The Equine Facilitated Awareness Living in the Every Day Program. A practice incorporating Kjrsos, the horse who as a teacher, guide, mentor, and healer for us humans, amplifies what is possible.  Makes easy what seems improbable. With the horses at our sides, we learn the beauty and the healing of how to learn how Living in the Every Day, centers, calms and brings serenity and joy into our lives.

The Equine Facilitated Awareness Living Mounted Sensitivity Program. A practice incorporating Kjrsos, the horse who as a teacher, guide, mentor, and healer for us humans, amplifies what is possible.  Makes easy what seems improbable. With the horses we begin to discover a new sensitivity, an awareness of energies and forces that we perhaps were never aware of before.  We find a way to reach outside of who we are, or at least past the limitations of what we supposed that which is us.

Any Equine Facilitated Learning Program can only exist because of the horses. This work incorporating Kjrsos, the horse who as a teacher, guide, mentor, and healer for us humans, amplifies what is possible.  Makes easy what seems improbable. With the horses at our sides, we learn the beauty and the healing of how to learn how to become what is possible inside of us.  Finding the joy and the harmony, the beauty and the connection, the belonging to what we are a part of.  But this work is not for all horses, and they must be allowed to choose.  And it is important for us to support them, to be responsible for their emotional well-being and help and support them with the job that they have taken upon themselves. In here lies the seeds of the success of any program.  

But more than this we have to be aware of the difference between the conscious and the unconscious horse and how to heal those that have lost that part of themselves.  After all that is our responsibility but more than that we can't expect the unconscious horse to be a healer, to fulfil his destiny as a guide to that which we don't seem to be aware of.  It is here perhaps that we can do the most good brining the unconcious horse back to health and return to a state of conscious awareness.

While it is Kjrsos, the horse who as a teacher, guide, mentor, and healer for us humans, amplifies what is possible makes easy what seems improbable. With the horses at our sides, we learn the beauty and the healing of how to learn how to become what is possible inside of us.  Finding the joy and the harmony, the beauty and the connection, the belonging to what we are a part of.  Those who help the horses in this task, are facing a formidable yet loving task.  To be there in support of both human and horse.  Helping guide the way, while staying out of the way.  Letting the journey unfold as it must for each individual.  This is not our journey, it is theirs.  A difficult task to balance when we often just want to help.

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There is one concept that defines Kjersos,  the system, the teachings and that is that Kjrsos, the horse, is our guide.  Our advisor, our teacher, the voice, the spirit that accompanies us on this lifelong journey.  This is only possible when we have the opportunity to work with the fully conscious horse, one who is connected and fully aware.  One who knows that he is being asked for his help and thus becomes willing to try to show us the answers. To use his voice, to share with us, help us along our journey.  It is here that we discuss what is a conscious horse, as well as the things that we can do to encourage that willingness for our horses to fully evolve into a being who has reached his own full potential, into the entity that is the spirit behind Kjrsos.   

Teaching us to trust in the voice of the horse.

 

Limiting the conscious awareness of the horse is in many ways to destroy his spirit.  You take away what he could be.  A terrible price for him to pay for our own limitations.

 

The essence of photography - to capture moments in time, the practice can help us develop our ability to live in a moment in time, to live in the now.  It can help us center ourselves in a very unique way.  It can also center ourselves on details that we would otherwise miss becoming an invaluable tool.  It can bring us closer to nature.  Can raise our awareness to the beauty that surrounds us everywhere, can bring us back to what is around us, that we too often miss. It can bring us closer to the world around us.  Bring us closer to nature. Becoming a discipline all of its own helping us bring us closer to our horses.  At the same time, the skills you learn through Kjersos can make you become a better photographer as you will be able to get shots that you never believed possible, allowing you access that would never otherwise be yours.

Photography bringing you closer to your horses < It goes both ways > Kjersos, helping you become closer to becoming the photographer you can be.

This is about learning to live in the now.  The Kjersos principle that this is where the horse's live, and if we don't live, exist in the same place and in the same time, our communication will always be garbled.

The Mentorship of Kjersos - The Guidance of Kjersos.  How we can open ourselves to the truths, the answers to the questions, a lifetime of discovery, that is waiting for us in the only true teacher, the horse.  They have all of the final answers, they are our true guides.  They have an incredible gift and surprising discoveries to give us if we only know how to accept it.  

An introductory course behind the entire concept of Kjersos.  How knowledge, truths can only come through the awareness of the horses who wait endlessly patiently to give us the guidance to the answers and a surprising transformative experience.  

You may search, read, watch, endless instructors, methods, exercises, but there always was and is only one truth sayer and that is the horse.  If you want to do the right thing by your horse. If you want to ensure the physical, mental and emotional well-being of your horse the greatest and perhaps the only teacher that counts is the horse that stands in front of you today.

All teaching, in the end, comes from them.  It is knowing how to hear their message, their voice and understanding those who have lost their voices and cannot teach until they are brought back to health that creates the greatest of equestrians, those who bring brilliance and power to the equestrian experience, riders who together with the horse creates a horse that just becomes even more physically beautiful, the horseman or woman who has amazing personal experiences, the rider who strangely attracts horses, the instructor who the horse thanks resting his chin ever so lightly on a shoulder in precise thanks, the visitor who is accepted by the herd who thinks nothing of that visitor settling down into the grass amongst them for their morning siesta foals and all while napping.  When we listen, we learn.  When we hear, we are humbled.  When we begin to understand, we are blessed.

 

Or should this be called Our Guides, Our Horses

Or through the Wisdom and Guidance of the Horses

Or Discovering the Mentorship of the Horse

 

Debating re Category Plant Intelligence or just include that here

The reality that we play with, that we do not understand.

Could also be under Anakalypsi.  Helping us look at things differently.

Or under Awareness. How to raise awareness, is to realize we don't have all the answers.