Working At Liberty
A horse at Liberty can be translated to a “Naked Horse”. With no ropes, halters or other tools binding your horse to you, your partnership can be immensely strengthened and tested. When horses consciously choose to stay with their partner the door opens to hundreds of possibilities. When your horse wants to be with you, the work you do is enjoyed by both sides of the partnership.
Due to the deep connection Liberty establishes between partners, it benefits horse and owner in every aspect of their relationship. Liberty can help under saddle, on trails, leading and building confidence in the horse and owner relationship.
Obstacles At Liberty
Obstacles are a great way to deepen your partnership with your horse. Working through obstacles together builds mutual trust – your horse develops confidence in you as the leader, and you learn to trust in your horse’s ability and willingness to work through things in a positive way. Obstacle training also builds a safe pathway to trail riding. When your horse comes across something spooky in the obstacle course, you can help him work through his questions and uncertainty in a controlled setting. The more confidence your horse has, the more curious he becomes, and the easier it is to work through uncertainty wherever you may be.
The obstacle course at Eden”s Aspens has many, probably endless, applications. Humans and horses are always exploring new ideas and ways to move through them.
In our Liberty Clinic you will learn how to communicate in harmony with your horse both on the ground and in the saddle. We focus on connecting and communicating with your horse on a deep, soft level. Through this clinic you learn how to read your horse’s body language, and how to respond accordingly. Participants will also learn how to use levels of pressure to be clearer with their horse, and the timing of release when your horse gives a truthful try. This clinic spans three days with the first day beginning in the afternoon, focusing on where you are with your horse now and establishing the foundations needed for liberty. The second day begins early with halters on, and ends in the afternoon with halters off. We spend most of the second day out in the obstacle course. Our last day is spent at Liberty first thing, and moves into the saddle later on. In the beginning stages of Liberty work, a group environment can be very helpful, and that is one thing this clinic provides. Learning by watching and by doing not only helps humans, but horses too!