Volume 1

Kjrsos is... difficult to define. As difficult as it is to define the wonder of the horse.

This has been the hardest part, the struggle that has taken a long, long time of finding a way to express and help others understand what Kjrsos is.  Almost as difficult as the journey it took to realize that something different was needed.

Part of the problem is the worry that people just won't understand.  The fear that if we talk about feelings, emotions, relationships, ahead of the "how to's" we will be perceived as unknowledgeable. And past that, if we go even deeper, if we go to the heart of Kjrsos to elements that few would think has anything to do with riding or horses, that than there will be those that dismiss the program out of hand, not realizing this is possibly the most knowledgeable, comprehensive program on the how to, how things work, and how to teach the rider and how to work with the horse.  The knowledge is there. 

But after decades of teaching, I have come to realize that riders struggle. They struggle even with, or because of all of the information and knowledge out there.  They get stuck in the how to and somewhere along the line get stuck. 

I reached a point from this new perspective where I realized that information, knowledge just wasn't enough.

Kjrsos is… realizing there is something more.
You cannot separate who you are, what your beliefs are, and your place as part of this amazing world that we live in and your horsemanship.  To think that horsemanship is just about when to apply an outside leg or to judge 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 important, but these are just tiny pieces of the whole. 
Because you are relating to and interacting with something that is alive.  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, that will make the larger difference.  We can teach you the tiny pieces; the differences between the five different rein aids and when and how to apply them, how to organically bring about a piaffe through systematic training, the importance of the engagement of the haunches and head position, how the different leg aids affect your horse, yes there is a wealth of information that we are happy to share, 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.  Nor would anyone expect it to.  Your attitudes, your beliefs, your feelings have little effect on the car or the oil, or the dip stick 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 just a little part of the whole.
Horsemanship is about

I stand for the horse.

That is our oath.

It seems simple enough, but doesn't everyone say the same.

Perhaps.. but we would like for everyone to say it, and mean it.

I stand for the horse and if I stand for the horse I have to let him have a voice.

I stand for the horse and let him have a voice and if I let him have a voice, that means that he is allowed to speak.  And he can't speak if his mouth is tied shut. 

So that becomes our first challenge to everyone.  Let your horse talk.  

Bitless or bitted, if you tie his mouth shut, HE CANNOT SPEAK.  If you have tied his mouth shut you have said to him "Shut up!"

I stand for the horse and yet..  I tie his mouth shut and won't let him talk, object possibly, argue with me, allowed to say No, I don't like that.  What are you afraid of?  What kind of control are you afraid of losing?  If this is the ONLY way you get the horse to listen to you, to get through a dressage test, or a jumping course, maybe it is time to ask why and look for another way. 

If you think it looks prettier, well pretty is as pretty does, but the horse not a having a voice is not pretty at all.

You might notice at the moment I am putting an emphasis on the English riding world, maybe perhaps because a lot of western riders don't use cavessons and figure eight nosebands etc. So kudo's to them for that.

If you want to have a credible relationship with the horse, bondage is NOT the answer.

That is not to say they have their own methods that say nope I don't want to hear from you

They have a different approach that takes away the voice of the horse.

But let's begin with this.

The challenge.

Say I stand for the horse.

Then walk into your tack room, take your cavesson, your figure eight nosebands, your bitless bridles that are designed to snug up around his mouth and store them somewhere, anywhere, just don't put them back on your horse unless there is an issue of safety.  But if you do need to, make it temporary, find some way, find some help, so that you can allow your horse to be allowed to have his voice back. 

When you are done, take the next challenge and talk to 10 friends about your choice, or just talk to one.  Post our challenge on your social media.  Share the message, be a voice for the horse.

Because if you stand for the horse, it is not just good enough to give the horse his voice back, he needs you to be his.  To speak up for him.  To stand for him.

I stand for the horse.. and he should be allowed to speak.