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The foremost responsibility of the rider - minimize the harm we do to the horse.  And so we begin...  

Not by taking lessons and starting right off by climbing on his back.  

Not even by taking a brush in hand.  Rather we begin here. 

In this moment.  In this moment of time in space.  

I am not sure how you ended up here, what led you here, but I think you are going to find it gets really interesting after this.

You have found friends, maybe in time a family.  A family who says Hello.  You've found us!

Together we are going to make a difference.  A difference that starts with us.  And together we will support each other.  Guide each other, and find a lot of humour as we laugh at ourselves, at the folly of what we thought we knew, smile at the warmth and kindness of others, delight in the other ones, the some ones who are the horses, and along the way we are going to learn a whole lot all the while knowing that the more that we learn, that there is more waiting just around the corner, just waiting for us, to turn around that corner and see it.  There is always more.  More questions, more discoveries, our intelligence, our hearts challenged every step of the way.  

And it all starts here.

 

Welcome.

Welcome to Kjrsos  

 

 

 

 

 

So, we strongly implore everyone to teach, learn this ethos as a whole. Not in bits and pieces. Do not try to be taking lessons from others who do not understand this system in its entirety or take that weekend clinic with someone you admire. Audit by all means. Bring questions to the table. Questioning is excellent. Challenging is wonderful. Working together for common answers is brilliant. Expanding and revising current concepts is what we hope will happen as this community becomes established and grows in the years to come. Sharing of your own personal knowledge and experiences is an incredible gift to others. "While at the same time we keep the integrity of the system."

 

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.  

It can not be overstated how important thought spent in time off the horse is.  The time spent studying, analyzing, trying to figure it all out is some of the most important time you will spend for your horse, for yourself.

 Micro-seconds Behind

As you learn it is that movement of the horse that guides our bodies.  Movement that you can allow him to push your body around to.  But usually, when this is our approach, the horse is limited by what your body allows him to push against.  And if you are depending on the horse to push your body into the movement that mirrors his, you are always running late.  Always that split second behind the movement.  Always that micro-second behind in your reactions. (needs to be a separate article)

This can also be an evaluator that the horse uses to asses who in this group of two is in a position to be considered the leader.  The one that knows the movement of what is coming next before it really happens or the one who is always late, always behind. 

One body leads the other follows. And in some ways, you do that from the very beginning, when you use your reins to tell your horse what to do next.  But it is not the reins that tell your horse what to do, or they are at least only one small component.  It is your body that speaks.  If it is only your hands that speak, then you are only riding the head and neck of the horse.  You are forgetting about the rest of his body.  Worse you have disconnected what happens between the two.  The complexity of what our bodies need to do, can't be learnt off the horse, but we can prepare ourselves off the horse long before we climb onto the back of the horse.

We can learn the complex undulation of the head and neck in walk. 

We can learn the complexities of movement before we climb on the horse, preparing ourselves for what is to come.

Unprepared we are a blob to be push/pulled by the forces being created in the horses' body.  

Unaware, unprepared we can quite quickly destroy the full range of movement the horse enjoys without a rider on his back.

It is your job to be prepared, to allow the energies of the horse to exist, to flow freely throughout her body without any hindrance from us.

The completeness of your knowledge determines whether you will have the skills as an instructor to create this knowledge in the body of the rider before they even mount. Or if you are a rider to prepare yourself to your best ability whether you are a beginner or advanced wanting to do all that you can to protect the spirit and the body of the horse.  It is this base of knowledge that allows you as an instructor to ensure that the work between rider and horse can be something beautiful from the very beginning.  It ensures that we allow the horse to have a voice.  It ensures that we do all we can to protect the sensitivity and the health of the horse's body.

 

 

 

 

 

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.  

We can't really tell you that, because everyone has their own journey of discovery.  And because it is yours to discover, you need to experience it for yourself.

It all starts with the horse.

Beautiful enigmatic, smart, and waiting so incredibly patiently for you to figure it all out.

You have to start with a relationship.   What relationship you have matters.  That relationship will depend on not just on your heart but on your brain, on what you know, the knowledge that shows how much you really understand both about her spirit and her physical body. 

You can't start this relationship on her back.  But it is on her back that the journey takes on new possibilities.

But to prepare there is so much to learn first.  Which can make a very real difference long before you climb on your horse's back.  But most horsemen nad women their first interaction with the horse is on their back.  So this is for them where this journey begins.

 But what you can expect is that you have found friends, mentors and maybe family that is here to help start that journey.  

 

If you haven't already read Missing Pieces Abridged which you can find it here.   Some of the key concepts that it speaks about is that you cannot separate who you are, what your beliefs are, who you are as a human being and your horsemanship. 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. 

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.