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the book, “Gallop to Freedom” is wonderful.  i am thoroughly enjoying it.

something i’ve been struggling with is allowing billy to have his own ideas about things, allowing him to offer me things that he thinks are awesome.  many of the trainers say you must now allow this.  but i have been wondering about it.

then along came Frederic Pignon and his method of training.  he and his wife were trainers, performers and helped create Cavalia.   they brought along their beautiful horses and entertained people for years.  in fact they still do put on shows, but no longer work with Cavalia.  his wife, Magali Delgado even shows one of her Lusitano stallions in dressage and wins!!

an excerpt from the book:

fredericquotei do want my horse to think for himself.  i am not interested in riding a robot.  but i also want him to feel safe and confident with me at all times so that if and when we run into scary things out in the real world, he will turn to me and seek safety.  after all that is the ultimate partnership.

billy making up a new game with his cone…

i’m sure, as in all things, there is a balancing point.  supporting him when he comes up with clever ideas, then supporting him to find the answer to the clever things I come up with.  like a teeter totter.  the magic happens when we come together and balance right in the middle.  the sweet spot.

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