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I began with Fergie by revisiting the ground work

prior to mounting. When I do this work on a longe line or with a rope halter and line, I look for softness through the transitions or yielding to pressure from my body energetically, making sure that emotionally and mentally she is there—that her head is connected to her feet and she isn’t in flight or fight mode. I went through a check list watching for reactions or responses to our conversation through aides in all three gaits and on either side. Once she responded to them in an acceptable manner then I knew it was time to mount up. From here her work under saddle was very traditional.

She actually came to me with great training. We simply needed to re-clarify those aids while working through her insecurities. Fergie’s issue with trust manifested itself with contact. She would become claustrophobic with what would be considered a soft contact. This behavior was consistent to her reaction in the trailer and other situations of “confinement.” Once I had a good understanding of her contact threshold I was able to work in and out of it, similar to the ground work, until I was able to gain her trust while still maintaining contact. This

appropriate responses to her cues as well as the internal picture and feeling of that expectation. We dissected the aids to the simplest level so that it became extremely clear to Tibor what the language would be between the two of them. This gave Lisa the muscle memory she needed before we started to interlace the pieces together. We also continued to look at the internal dialogue she had as she was going through the learning process. Any improvements in performance came from the

Lisa riding Tibor preparing for a jump ahead.

strength of the relationship that Lisa and Tibor developed. Starting from scratch when he arrived from Holland and working from the ground enabled Lisa to step into being a horse person as opposed to someone who rides. Through working with Johanna and her methodology, she became more independent as a rider and began to feel what was happening with Tibor and respond accordingly. She could create the energy underneath her that took her over jumps and courses with confidence and power. This different level of awareness and connectedness with Tibor created a different relationship between horse and rider. Because of that relationship Tibor wants to take care of Lisa over jumps and in situations where they need to ‘dance’ together; sometimes her giving direction and sometimes letting Tibor do his job. Instilling clear direction and boundaries, being open to feeling what was happening and then refining those directives made Tibor easier off the aids, more present and trusting and able to follow Lisa’s leadership. This in turn created an ease and flow of the ride through an entire course with fluidity and balance. The training we do isn’t about changing the horses into something we want them to be. It is about looking at and understanding the inappropriate behaviors, mitigating them, exploring causes behind the behaviors, and correcting them all in the service of supporting

again developed a consensual relationship that embodied respect and trust for one another. With Tibor, once Lisa was able to establish the clarity

and congruency of intention on the ground we took it under saddle. We worked on firmly establishing the

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