With Brent Graef
Set includes 4 DVDS: Circling, Backing, Leading, and Reach the Hind
Leading DVD: Getting the Reins Connected to the Feet
Brent explains, “If we can get connected to their feet, we can get connected to their mind.” The horse’s thoughts cause his feet to move. Therefore, by getting a hold of his feet through the reins (or lead rope) you can get a hold of, and re-direct, his thoughts.
Getting your horse to ‘hook on’ often makes people think of roundpen work but, what if you don’t have a roundpen? What if you just arrived at a new place, your horse is worried; he’s looking at everything else but, ignoring you! This exercise is a simple, yet effective way to get your horse mentally hooked on to you — without a roundpen. You can do it anytime, anywhere. Of course, it’s not just about the horse. This exercise is just as much about building awareness in the human, as it is the horse.
One of Brent’s teachers was a horseman named Ronnie Willis. Ronnie used to ask students, “Where do you put your halter?”. Of course, most people would say they’d put it on their horse’s head. One day, Brent asked, “Ronnie, where do YOU put your halter?”. Ronnie replied, “I put my halter on his feet…. through his mind.” The goal is to get the horse with you, all the way from his mind, down his body, through his legs, to his feet.
Sometimes we go through the feet to get to his mind. Ultimately, we’d like to start with his mind, have your idea become his idea, and then go all the way through to his feet.
Entire DVD is 50 minutes.
Circling DVD - Asking your horse to go in a circle is more than just a gymnastic pattern. It’s an exercise to help you and your horse develop a language together, it’s a fantastic way to help supple, straighten, engage, and develop a healthy posture. Brent will give an initial overview of the things he’s looking for and how you can communicate with your horse by making the right thing obvious instead of always making the wrong thing difficult.
1. Introduction/Overview: 1) Have your horse follow the feel on the rope instead of driving him out onto the circle, 2) Achieving a quality bend.
2. A balanced halt.
3. How can I help my horse move forward on the circle?
4. Why is my horse crowding me?
5. Straightness (What is straightness?): My horse is 1) pushing out through his shoulder?, 2) counter bending, 3) Drifting toward the gate.
6. My horse goes in one direction but, not the other.
7. Directing the mind. Send the mind, and allow the body to follow onto the circle, If you can cause him to ‘think’ onto the circle, sending the feet is easy!
Running time: 1hr 21 minutes
When a horse backs correctly, it has an emotional effect. When a horse is scared, his instincts tell him to run forward, If he backs CORRECTLY, he will learn to let go of his self preservation, and find comfort in following the feel presented by the person.
Reach the Hind DVD:
Some call it ‘natural horsemanship’. Brent simply refers to it as seeing things from the horse’s perspective. If we can work with the horse’s nature, using an understanding of how horses think, we can communicate in a way that develops a relationship of unity based on trust.