Take a moment to consider self-awareness and the effects on your horse with this thought-provoking article by Joel Conner
One gift the horse has illuminated for me in this world is their ability to be present; they aren't thinking about their mistakes from yesterday or contemplating the vast number of situations that could befall them in the future. They are beautifully consumed with the right now. We, as humans can strategize and plan, and although we don't do it well most of the time, we at least have the ability. Yet, a lot of times, we miss the talent of being in the moment and being self-aware at that moment. Horsemanship is predicated on how well you can stay emotionally stable. You need to be able to dial-up, or dial down, or release all pressure in milliseconds.
The months October to December are crucial on the equine calendar, as we attend exhibitions to watch inspiring displays and to shop! Seasonal events are moving online too, and a great deal of hard work and creative thinking has gone into making this change. Many retailers count on the large events that round off the year, I hope you can support the new formats for events this year, and we hope to virtually see you at the Horsemanship Showcase - pop by our virtual stand to say Hi!
This issue has great in-depth reads this issue. If you’re stuck on something in your training, then turn to Philippa’s article on page 10 and consider some new techniques. Jason Webb explores the meaning of some of his favourite quotes, starting with ‘Nurture the Natural Instinct’. Ross Cooper considers how the intricacies of fit can affect behaviour, performance and communication.
We are delighted to introduce Anna Blake, her article this issue explores the power of the walk, a largely underutilised gait.