Doing liberty with four horses for the first time really made me feel like a beginner juggler, trying to keep all four balls in the air at the same time;
Because either I lost them all, or I lost three of them, or two, but finally I could keep them all in the air, phew 😉 .
In this juggling challenge I merged two solid duos:
Duo 1: Romanesque & Prince Elmelund
Duo 2: Maestro & Toronto
The members of each duo can get along really well and know the concept when they work together as a team at liberty. And all four horses are living together 24/7, so I thought it would not be such a big deal to merge these two duos to one team of four.
At the moment it's just a hobby of mine to figure out how to get multiple minds, energies and bodies aligned to do some simple tasks as standing still, moving forwards and on circles. Fascinating laboratory 😉
Romanesque and Prince Elmelund are now a very cooperative team, so I thought it was about time to add a third dimension. So I decided to add El Blanco to the team.
I have been training El Blanco together with Toronto at liberty, so is familiar with the concept of working in a team. Now I was curious if he would figure out himself that it was about joining forces with this new team. And he did.
Very quickly he decided to join, although he was a bit careful with connecting to Prince Elmelund’s 'energy bubble', but once he found out that PE was okay with it, and with a little encouragement, he got closer.
By adding El Blanco to the team of Romanesque and Prince Elmelund, we have another influencer on the communication, energy, and conversations.Very interesting to see the influence of a third horse on the group dynamics.
I'm doing liberty in teams now with my horses Romanesque, Prince Elmelund, Maestro, El Blanco and Toronto and it's fun and fascinating!
Really interesting to experience the group dynamics with all its communication, energy, and conversations in all directions when we do something together, and to get three minds, energies and bodies aligned to a simple task
When novice riders start a new method, then - after practicing the basics a few times - they often say that "their horse gets bored".
Now, most of the time it's a projection of our own 'boredom';
When we are only practicing the 'names' of the exercise and not really the 'essence', that might lead to loss of interest.
Or when we are only concentrating on the WHAT of an exercise and not on the WHY, that might also lead to a 'dull' training.
Boredom also comes from if we start to compare with yesterday. When we start to expect: when we stop having an open mind for all the tiny details, when we stop being just interested in what happens, when we stop having a beginner's mind, when we stop appreciating.