Today our session focused on COMMUNICATION. In this picture Emily is explaining how to approach the horse and to not be too fast or be a predator. She talked about our personal space bubble and we approach people or horses slowly, calm energy and we don’t force it.
In this picture Emily is showing me how to get the horse to follow. In order for this to happen you have to meet and greet the horse by holding your hand out for it to smell and slow your breath down. You know when the horse is feeling safe and calm when it licks and chews. Once the horse is feeling calm it will follow you around the pen, even without a lead rope.
I had to get the horse to trot by walking behind it and using a soft whip to keep it moving. If I was too far in front of the horse it would stop. I had to get the horse to trot around the pen. There were 3 signs I had to keep an eye out for, they were: its ears being focused on me, its head going down and how the horse was responding to my energy by where it was trotting.
I learnt from this activity that I had to change my energy from a calm energy to a higher excited energy for it to start trotting. I also had to stand tall and show confidence. When the horse started to trot I felt good and I felt this energy in my head which reveals happiness in the body atlas poster.
My three goals for this week are;
1. Body Language – stand tall, hold my head up and shoulders back at all times.
2. Body Language – notice other peoples body language more.
3. Communication – communicate with people more often by talking to them and asking questions.