“Horses are not machines, they are mirrors.” – Stacey Ericson
Horses teach us about ourselves by reflecting back to us what we put out there. For example, a horse might step on your foot as an indirect way of reminding you to pay attention. That’s called “learning the hard way.” When we take the time to used focused observation of our horses, we can learn to pay attention, among other things, without hardship. The Equestrian Endeavors training program does exactly that; it provides understanding and subsequent instruction through a series of observations.
Where the rider taps into their inner knowing, giving them empowerment,helping them feel confident, creating a true connection which then releases fear, by creating a sense of wellbeing through honoring eachother.
Equestrian Endeavors Equine Integrated Experience involves teaching the rider about how to get the most out of their horse by observing, and then using, the horse’s habits, behaviors, health, and abilities for optimum performance. Stacey Ericson’s program simultaneously assesses the rider’s goals and characteristics to see how horse and rider affect one another; where there are complimentary characteristics between the two, and where there are conflicting characteristics.
Equine Integrated Experience essentially means that we can learn how to be a better partner for our horses, ultimately bringing out the very best in them.
In this program, the rider taps into his or her inner knowledge, empowering them to feel confident, which then creates a true connection with their horse. Only with this connection can old fears be released. When that happens, a sense of well-being results from the experience of horse and rider honoring each other.
Through structured observation, we gain a lot of insight as to the whys and hows of a horse’s behavior. Whether it is on the ground while being led to turnout, out on a hack in the country, or jumping 1.50m fences, structured observation tells us a lot about how we can improve our horse’s performance by understanding what motivates them to deliver on our requests.
When traditional training methods are combined with Equine Integrated Experience, riders come away with a new-found wisdom that enables the horse to be free from anxiety, to understand what’s asked of them, and to trust his or her rider.
Equestrian Endeavors clients must be willing to learn the truth about themselves in this process. It’s the only way to truly break through what’s keeping you stuck.
If the horse and rider do not meet each other’s expectations, then the relationship becomes toxic. In some cases, it becomes dangerous. Equestrian Endeavors is here to help you discover ways to understand one another and be better equipped to meet each other’s needs.