Author: P. Ann Turner

Chapter Ten: Think Small, Not Big – A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step – Tao Te Ching.

Small changes daily are the way to go in life and in training horses. Take it slow, there is no hurry, all will happen in time, the right time. This will eliminate stress both in your own life, and in the life of your horse. Allow time for the information to be assimilated and put to good use Don’t rush! In this modern life we are all in such a hurry – going to work, getting home from work, getting the kids to school, taking them to swimming lessons etc., We put a lot of pressure on ourselves every...

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Chapter Nine: The More Rules You Create, The More Rule Breakers You Have.

What rules do you live by? Are they serving you? What rules do you train your horse by, and are they serving you? The Lotus flower is a symbol of Eastern Culture, of peace, harmony and loving compassion. Wouldn’t we love to have that with our horses and in our life too? Suppose we made that the rule to live by? Namaste means “the God in me sees and recognizes the God in you”. Wow. Maybe it’s time to evaluate the rules we all live by. What do they really mean and are they helping you or hindering you...

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Chapter Eight: Move From Interference To Non-Interference

From the Herd: ride us with kindness, gentleness and silence. Quiet your mind, and allow us to speak, we have much to tell you, but you need to be in silence and peace to hear us. If you look at riding today, most of it is based on interference – we want to “frame the horse” – really?? A frame is something static, it doesn’t move and a horse is always moving, so how can we frame it? Instead we should learn how to be part of the dance, a constantly moving vision of harmony. If we look at...

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Chapter Seven: Move From Stiffness To Flexibility

We need to become like water, soft and yielding but extremely powerful. Water is emotion, and horses are all about emotion, they live by what they feel and are heart centered beings. If you could sit on a horse with no tension whatsoever, then your movements created by the movement of the horse would become your aids – no restriction, just flow. We all want our horses to be flexible and free moving, but are we giving them that chance as riders? The horse is all about emotion, so what state are our emotions in when we go to...

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Chapter Six: Detach From Possessions

When you can do this, winning a ribbon or a cooler at a show becomes an empty victory. If you treat your horse like a vehicle to gratify your own ego, you will never achieve success. Have an attitude of partnership, of oneness and you will win more if it’s about the ride, the relationship and not the winning. IN the eyes of God you are always a winner. There is a way to train for success in the show ring without the interference of the ego and all that comes with it. Your horse should not be viewed...

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