Trish Hyatt

Equine Language Specialist

Changing The Horse's World, One Human At A Time

In the 40 years that I have been working with horses and riders,
a set of foundational principles has evolved for me.

A series of truths to help guide you on your journey from “This could be better,” to

“Being with your horse is the ultimate dance, two bodies, one mind.”

  That is what I wish for Your horse.

I enjoy working with anybody at any stage in my lessons and clinics but the more of these principles that ring true for you, that you resonate with, the quicker and more rewarding will be the progress as we work together.

My Foundational Principles

The Truths That Guide My Work.

  1. I want any horse I work with to be Happy. This involves finding out what makes him happy.
  2. Your horse can feel a fly land on him.  If he isn't responding, he may not understand. If he doesn't understand, it's your problem, not his.
  3. By the same token, he may not be able to respond. It's up to you to determine whether it's physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual and whether the problem is his, yours or a combination.
    Assuming 'he just doesn't want to', sets you up for more problems.
  4. If what you're doing isn't working, do less. A little goes a long way if you're tuned in. If it's still not working, do something different.
  5. If you're not leading, you're probably following. This can lead to insecurities which are often mislabelled.
  6. If you wouldn't do it to your dog or your child why is it acceptable to do to your horse?
  7. Fine wine takes time, so does good horsemanship.

Some Additional Thoughts for When I'm Not There

  1. Ask A Little, Reward Often.
  2. Your horse is your mirror. Your Emotions Will Affect Your Horse
  3. Horses learn from the release, Or the reward. Make sure your timing is correct.
  4. If it's not working on the ground, it's not going to be correct/safe when you ride.
  5. Fix the little things and there won't be big things.
  6. A horse can accidentally kill you, wear a helmet, and get help.

Are You Curious ?

How can we follow these principles on Your Journey from “This could be better,” to
“Being with your horse is the ultimate dance, two bodies, one mind.”

5 Basic Steps

  1. Learn to read your horse's Body Language on or off him. Often what we've been taught does not take in to account how our horse feels about how we're asking. If you're metaphorically jerking your partner around the dance floor, he's not going to be happy.
  2. Learn to communicate like a horse, not a human.  We don't go to a foreign country and yell at them in English if we expect to make friends and lasting partnerships. We have to learn how to commmunicate in a way that the party we want to befriend can understand and feel good about.
  3. Identify when/where any problems or difficulties arise by observing your horses reactions.
  4. What can you change/improve to make yourself clearer? It's not going to be easy or quick to become like one, but there will be many small steps that have profound effects.  This is my favorite part, watching the change in the horse and the incredulous look on the owners face, because it worked.
  5. Repeat.  Continuously check in with your horse's feelings.  He did not sign up for this and taking his feelings for granted is like trying to talk to a friend who's watching sports. Very unsatisfying for the one being ignored.

And How to Follow Them

  1. The Journey begins as soon as we approach the horse with learning how we can be more respectful and aware and earn our horses focus and trust.
  2. This work continues with work in the roundpen or on a short line, on a lunge line, sometimes driving lines and riding. Developing feel and timing is part of the ongoing practice of learning to speak horse fluently.
  3. We'll explore and work on improving the horse's balance and alignment both on the ground and ridden.  A horse is asymmetrical and needs to learn to become aligned and balanced both to work to his best ability and to have many pain free years.
  4. It's not all about the horse. Riders are also asymmetrical and if we are not balanced evenly atop our horse, we affect their balance.  At the very least, our life will be improved by becoming balanced, supple and having core stability which also improves our chance of remaining pain free longer.

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