Sometimes people “meet” other people; they spend time together, they dine together, and yet they are alone. They do not talk, but speak out their opinions, and present themselves through their words. They push their agendas, either by complementing and flattering, or by arguing and discussing. But they do not do it to bond, but to achieve their goals or show off who they are. But do they even care to discover to whom they are presenting all of it? No.
The same applies to our meetings with horses.
We can come, and see each other. We can be NICE, and SMILING, and even give our horse TREATS, but if we do all this niceness to achieve our goals, or hide who we are, then we are not together. We are not meeting. We are speaking out our thoughts and ideas, but we are not talking. We are presenting ourselves, or what we think about ourselves, without even checking whom we are presenting all of this to.
People like to talk about respect… “I want my horse to respect me”. OK, fair enough. But who is your horse? By whom you wish to be respected?
When you allow yourself to experience something meaningful above the training methods and techniques, no matter if you do Natural Horsemanship, Positive Training this or that training, beautiful things start to happen.
When you allow yourself to find out: “Who is my horse?”, and “Why do I meet my horse today?”, and “Why have I met my horse in general, in this Lifetime?” – Everything changes. Simply because you start to BE TOGETHER.
You start to talk.
YOU START TO MEET.
And this meeting starts to have a purpose.