Since Natural Horsemanship became popular, many people have changed how they view and, therefore, interact with, the horse, and the lives of many horses have improved. It has proven to be a good start in the right direction.
Those of us on The BETR Journey have taken how we view the horse, and therefore, how we interact with her, quite a bit farther. We recently defined The BETR View of the Horse, so that we might share it with others.
Horses have been improving people’s lives for thousands of years. They have pulled heavy loads, plowed fields, carried men into battle and on hunts, and have been used as a mode of transportation. Horses have sacrificed so much for the human race throughout all of this time.
Nowadays horses perform various sports, carry us along trails, do tricks and play games, and just plain make us feel good, and they still make sacrifices for our pleasure.
Hence, the BETR View of The Horse:
- The horse owes us nothing, and we owe her everything
- The horse deserves to be repaid for all that she has given us and all that she continues to give us
- Being with the the horse makes us feel good, and we owe her the same in return
- The horse should never be expected to do as we ask, but instead, we should be grateful when she does do as we ask
- The horse is a kind and generous being, and we need to repay her with kindness and generosity
- The horse is deserving of our utmost respect, admiration, loving care, kindness, comfort and protection
- The horse is a sentient being, and should be treated as such with kindness, caring, understanding and compassion
There is much that we can learn from the horse, such as:
- The horse is very connected to her spirituality, more so than most humans. As Wayne Dyer is famous for saying, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. However, most humans are stuck in the world of the five senses. If we are open and willing, the horse can assist us in connecting more and more with our spiritual selves
- The horse does not lie, and is not deceitful. Therefore, she can teach us about honesty, truthfulness and integrity
- The horse does not judge and accepts us for who we are. Therefore, she can teach us how to be non judgmental and totally allowing
- The horse forgives easily. Therefore, she can teach us forgiveness
- The horse easily accesses her Inner Healing Wisdom, and demonstrates this for us if we wish to learn to heal ourselves
- The horse lives in the moment and therefore, she can teach us how to be in the moment as well
- The horse is an intelligent being and deserves to be educated using a kind and intelligent approach, as opposed to being trained and programmed
Because we have this BETR View of the Horse, we want our horses to feel good as much of the time as possible. To that end, we learn to become skilled at “reading” our horses, both the obvious, and, more importantly, the subtle communication that the horse is continuously offering us. This allows us to know how she is feeling in every single moment. In this way the horse guides us so that we are able to know if what we are doing is correct, or not correct, as the case may be, in every moment. On The BETR Journey, interactions between horse and human are a mutual collaboration.
We also learn to develop a keen eye for skeletal alignment and proper and improper patterns of posturing, both at a standstill and in movement. Utilizing The Triple R techniques, we are able to assist our horses in attaining skeletal alignment and proper posturing. In this way we are able to attain and maintain both short and long term soundness in our horses.
On The BETR Journey, no steps are missed in the education of both the horse and her human.