The Centaurgenics Approach to Training
A synergistic union between horse and human is a process that creates a more perfect partnership. It is about listening, not whispering; dancing, not just riding. In everything we do, we are dedicated to helping the horse be comfortable and happy in the human environment. That means educating the horse in a way that feels safe for both the horse and human, utilizing methods that the horse can easily understand. Our training is based on clear communication, trust, and understanding.
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LYAniLEmal communicator, LYDIA HIBY ***
TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE
by REBEKKA RHODES
Tessa was sleeping in the arena. The day was so warm, sunny, and mesmerizing in its quietness. The other horses slept on their feet, dozing and soaking up the intense, glorious sunshine, some distance away from the lovely black mare.
Christine walked toward Tessa, softly calling her name, making sure she was aware of her, and not suddenly awakened or startled. Tessa lay motionless, with the exception of her eyes rounding open, acknowledging the human presence. Christine knelt and haltered the mare, who still had not even changed the rhythm of her breathing.
It took some serious coaxing to get Tessa to her feet – she would have much preferred to continue her early spring nap in the soft, loamy soil. Her eyes stayed soft as she followed Christine out the gate, and they continued to be large and fluid, her breathe as quiet as could be, even as things were done in an unusual fashion. She was surrounded by people, and had no worry about that, or anything else, it seemed. She appeared to be a changed animal.
Observing this, an onlooker would never realize that not too many months ago this same beautiful mare was hyper-vigilant, completely skeptical, and constantly in edgy flight-or-fight mode when things were asked of her by a human, unless it was her idea in the first place. She would appear compliant and calm under certain circumstances or pleasurable things, such as grooming a particularly itchy spot. But by gum, there were many not-okay spots, so she made sure she let humans know… And despite the fact that she could DO everything, it was done with many hard, braced areas in her body and mind. Her defenses were always up, rarely did she let herself down, let her guard down, or truly relax into what was going on, especially where humans were concerned. She was always looking for a “way out” – escape or avoid. And when left to her own devices, she went feral at the first inkling of an opportunity…
Tessa is far from completely healed from all of the things that distressed her, but she is totally on the right path to getting there now. To see this, to know this level of healing is possible, to see it as healing, not training, is quite revolutionary in its scope, and in the mindset necessary to achieve it.
We as humans have to extend trust, and be trustworthy. We have to BE the safe place, the one who KNOWS, the one who is first to respond – to anything! But we also have to understand that being cautious produces caution. Being careful might look like being sneaky to a horse. There is so much to learn – as humans – in order to understand and communicate HORSE, not human, to a horse… and that requires that we FOCUS on what we want, what our ideal is, and remain calmly there, in that place where belief in something suddenly takes shape. It actually begins, and lays down primary foundations.
We could liken it to the artist who begins with a large chunk of clay, nothing more. But in the artist’s mind, there is a glorious, regal horse within that heavy mass, just waiting to emerge and be seen by all the world. The artist softly, methodically begins to carve that clay, carefully, diligently, quietly, hour after hour, day after day. Various tools are used, some more, some less. The clay begins to morph into something different. It does not yet look like the powerful equine that is seen in the artist’s mind. But eventually, over a fairly lengthy period of time, the image captured and held firmly in the artist’s imagination is brought nearly to life! A muscular, yet refined and graceful mare has become a reality, with all that is needed to enhance it, perfect it, is a little bit of polishing. Anyone viewing this gorgeous piece of art has no idea of the many arduous hours put into the creation of this stunning work. Yet it is impossible to deny it – to say it is anything other than fantastic! Beauty was in there all along…
As horse lovers, we often focus on the negative such as the “what if’s”, the “what do I do then” questions, the fears of past failures or unknown risks. But I will repeat what I have often said for decades now: “What you focus on, you become.” Meaning, your self-talk MUST be what you WANT, as opposed to what you fear, don’t want, or don’t know. Knowing what you don’t want is different than trying to envision what you don’t want – our minds don’t work that way. We cannot see “don’t”, we see what follows the negative word. It’s a picture, and it influences our body language, our energy and what we say to our horses. They see the thing we picture – so picturing “don’t spook” can produce “Spook!”
Learning to turn things around in the right direction when you catch yourself falling into the negative self-talk traps we all have so near and dear to our hearts is like realizing you are chewing your fingernails after you’ve destroyed one or two, rather than waiting until they are all chewed off to stop chewing on them. Say to yourself, “Oh – there I go again, ha! Now, what is it that I WANT??” So, stop chewing on your nails, and start chewing on the vision – the internal view of what you really want, and of course, finding the answers to the steps that must be taken to achieve that vision’s reality.
You could say, “Hm, I guess I need to find out how to do _________(fill in the blank), so we can do that together.” Then break that down even further by listing the little, tiny stepping stones you must cross to get there. Sometimes we don’t see all of the stepping stones, and someone else can see them clearly and help us find them, and thereby find a way to help the horse. And that’s the point – helping the horse! I love to say, “Horse, how can I help you?!” instead of something demeaning, or relating to my own frustration, fear, or failures. Adding, “What we do together”, versus “what I do TO the horse”…
Tessa will continue to evolve into a more and more “I’m OK with my domestic life” horse, given the right recipe of time with humans supporting her to the right decisions. For now, we will bask in the sunlight of incredible healing, witnesses to the power of positive energy, focus and intention, producing actual healing, deeply embedded in the horse’s mind, body, emotion and spirit.
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