♔ Kjrsos Field of Study - When We First Meet
Once we accept the horse as a thinking feeling intelligent entity all on it own, we begin to understand how ridiculous it is to think that we should not develop some kind of relationship before we climb on top of their back. Thankfully for us, horses are innately kind and gentle creatures and seem to accept our antics. We think nothing of going to a trail riding place and climbing on top of someone who has no idea if they can trust us to make the right decisions. From leaping from horse to horse with the Pony Express, to jumping on a racehorse and asking them to run as fast they can, we expect that they will put up with anyone being on their back and will listen every time. We treat them more like robots then we do thinking, feeling creatures with thoughts, ideas and wants of their own. We devalue the thought of any kind of relationship with the horse. No wonder so many are so completely unaware of the breadth of intelligence that is the horse.
It is here before we mount that your first relationship is established. Long before you get on his back.
From the moment of your first approach to the first time you put a halter on his head, to the first time you put a saddle on his back. It matters not if this has been done to him a hundred, a thousand times before. This is the first time with you.
These first times define what comes next. Everything that you do now, transforms what comes next.
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
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