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Dreams are worth Dreaming, Part Two

Published: 2/2/2010
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By Kim Stone

[To read Part One, click here.]

“Change how you approach the change that you want.” 

“Look for the smallest try – right or wrong and go with it” 

“Sometimes there is no right or wrong answer; there is just a starting point.”

Martin continued asking us to do different exercises, challenging me to change something. 
“What does it take to get your horse to move forward at a walk?”   
Each of the exercises required that I not lift my reins unless I needed to adjust her to keep her inside the poles on the ground. I was to look ahead, focus on something in the distance and move forward.   
How am I supposed to go forward at the walk and just let her go without the use of my reins?
If I don’t use my reins, she will be a run-away. My mind kept warning me.

 I learned that it took me moving my shoulders about 1/4"of an inch to go from a stand still to a nice relaxed walk.  I was asked to find the same thing at a trot, then the lope.  
When it came time to find the body position to achieve the lope, I leaned forward quickly…….I got a lope all right, a dead gallop! 
Following the instructions, I didn’t lift my rein. 
“Try it again.  Figure out what it takes to get a lope”.  Over, and over we worked on this exercise trying to find my position to get the desired affect.  I learned it didn’t take much more energy than leaning forward a tiny bit to get the walk.  Martin explained to me how we ended up at the gallop:
“You leaned forward (way over the saddle horn) so Indy tried to match you.
As she sped up, you leaned forward trying to stay ahead of her, so she sped up….She was only doing what you were asking.
Slow your body down.  From where I am sitting your mare is happy to do whatever you ask of her.”

“Whatever I ask of her!”  How exciting! For me, this was a huge breakthrough. In all of my frustration of trying to get Indy to be with me, she was already with me.  Indy was waiting for me to be with her.
For me, this was a huge breakthrough. In all of my frustration of trying to get Indy to be with me, she was already with me.  Indy was waiting for me to be with her.

Becoming more aware of my body position and my own comfort zone while working with my horse, in turn made me more aware of my actions, my thoughts, my breathing, my speed, the volume of my voice, the volume of my body.
I even began to notice how tightly I was holding my reins.  I began releasing fingers and softening my arms, shoulders ~  Indy was so in tune with me, that she mirrored me.
It is amazing how Indy can tell the entire world exactly how I am feeling at any given moment.  Good or Bad.
It is amazing how Indy can tell the entire world exactly how I am feeling at any given moment.  Good or Bad.

This was the beginning of an amazing journey.  I knew that jumping with both feet had been the right choice.  Martin and Jen extended an invitation to me to come and ride with them in Texas.  I was delighted to be included in a horse world beyond anything I had ever known.

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2/11/2010 Carol D.
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