One of my favorite activities with my horse Romeo is walking, trotting and moving in unison. Whether we are at liberty or simply going for a walk-about this simple technique is a powerful way to encourage a profound connection between horse and human.
The next time you are hand-walking your horse, try this: With your horse at your side, his/her head at your shoulder, go for a relaxing walk-about. After 5 minutes or so, once you’ve both settled into a quiet sense of partnership, imagine taking the same steps together…right foot, right front hoof…left foot, left front hoof. Don’t force it, just relax into it. Create a rhythm with your entire body in which you and your horse are in unison….a soft, gentle sway of two individuals matching each others movements. Notice the enticing feeling of warmth and connection that, like strands of elastic softness….stretches from you to your horse….from your horse to you.
Notice the look of love and gratitude coming from the eyes of your horse. You have now entered the equus zone of silent community….the profound world of equine safety in unison.