To Ride or Play or What About Dancing?

Dancing with Benny

I just play a lot and dance with my horses. I love it when they kick up, spin around and run – I laugh my ass off and clap my hands in joy as we play.

One day a boarder was out running her horse around the arena at-liberty which I noticed she was all serious with no smile or joy in her countenance.  I clapped my hands and “woo hooed” as her mare kicked up and really cut loose sensing her horse’s joy. The boarder however continued running her mare around the arena trying to get her to join with her, but the mare didn’t want anything to do with her.  So, I gently stopped the gal and suggested she have fun with her horse.  I pointed out how I clapped and woo hooed and laughed recognizing the joy in her horse.

To my relief the boarder received my suggestion graciously and realized she was projecting a negative, forceful countenance that was not conducive to a friendly relationship.  She immediately changed her countenance to a more joyful energy towards her horse and suddenly the mare dropped her head, walked up and buried her nose in the woman’s chest.  The woman looked at me jaw dropped with tears in her eyes as I said “she just wants to be loved and have fun, not having you mad at her making her work work work”.  It was an amazing ah ha for the woman.

If I could teach one thing, it would be to “have fun, stop trying to make a trophy out of your horse and draw out the pet that was the initial motivator in buying a horse in the first place” right?

Wishing you great joy with your horse(s).  For more information visit www.MissyWryn.com or contact Info@MissyWryn.com (888) 406-7689

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Horse Communication – Beyond Action & Words

Horse Body Check

I think we can all agree that communication between one another, human to human is complicated right?  Now add inter-species communication, human to horse, we quickly discover our good intentions are not enough to be safe around a 1,000+ lb horse.  The range of communication we receive from a horse can be the white-eyed look of panic to talk to the butt.  I hear frequently from horse owners “I love my horse but she just walks away from me” or “I can’t catch my horse”.  So how do we communicate with our horses in an effective way?  How do we maintain our patience while controlling our frustration when our horse seems to care less that we love them, or responds in dangerous ways when we only want the best for them?

There is a myriad of training techniques that can provide you some answers to these basic issues, but there is also a form of communication that you can add to your toolbox of techniques that will strengthen your communication with your horse.  So let me ask you, are you aware that scientists have determined that our brains are like a radio receiver and transmitter?  Research has discovered that our brains have a neurotransmitter energy transmission range of about 10’ from our bodies, receiving and sending a vibratory energy frequency (VEF).  This is why we can often finish the sentence of a loved one, or they say what we were just thinking – we are sharing our neurotransmitter energy field with them and are on the same vibratory frequency.  But check this out – the neurotransmitters that are in our brains sending and receiving the virtual energy field (VEF) is not limited to the brain in our heads!  Every organ in our body has neurotransmitters, and that includes our skin as the largest organ of our bodies – it’s like a brain in each of our organs.  Just think about it, if we can communicate through our brain’s VEF, which is kind of like telepathy, imagine how we can communicate using our entire body’s VEF?  So to put it into terms of horses, who have neurotransmitters in their organs too and they are large animals, the question begs what is your body saying to your horse on a VEF level and how can we use this transmission to improve our communications with our horses?

Horses need to trust us in order to be safer and calm around us right?  For example, say you are working with your horse perhaps demonstrating your herd leadership, but your body is sending a message of worry, anxiety, or fear – how does your body line up with your intention of teaching your horse that you are their herd leader?  The answer is Authenticity!!  Being authentic, being honest, while aligning your intention is the magical combination for deeper communication and trust between you and your horse.  This goes for humans too – you know that feeling when you meet someone who you feel you can’t trust, but can’t put your finger on why?  Well that’s because your body is receiving the message that the person’s intention is not aligned with who they really are (authenticity), they are incongruent.  Imagine how that must be for horses…..  We may be feeling “off”, worried about our job or relationship with someone, but we “stuff it” and go work with our horses.  We expect them to respond to our training gestures and commands, but they seem “off” and not responding as we wish.  What is your body saying vs. your gestures and commands?  If you are out of alignment with your intention vs what is really go on in your life, your virtual energy field (VEF) is going to reflect that.  Your horse is feeling you are inauthentic, incongruent, so now you are untrustworthy, and what does a horse do when they can’t trust a human – all sorts of unexpected or dangerous behaviors.

Horses require authenticity in their leaders and as you know you do to.  So how do we align our intention with what is really going on within ourselves (authentic self)?  The answer is honesty and awareness, plain and simple.  Be honest with yourself and check in with your body to see what you are really feeling and what your VEF is transmitting.  For example, when I’m struggling with an issue that is non-horse related I recognize that this is going to reflect when I go to work with my horse.  I also recognize my horse is genetically wired to require a herd leader at all times, but I want to be the compassionate herd leader nonetheless, so that requires me being honest about how I feel.  Being honest with your horse is to actually verbalize what is going on with you – you’d be amazed what a relief you will feel once you verbalize your troubles to your horse and often this will invoke a sigh from your horse.  Our words have a virtual energy field too which is why I encourage using your words when with your horse.  Tell the truth about how you feel and what is going on, give it a try and experience for yourself the deeper rapport and improved communication with your horse.

Authenticity – Alignment – Intention – Magic is what you will discover when realizing there are greater components of communication besides our words and body language, that there is a vibratory energy frequency (VEF) that is communicating too.

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The All-In-One Bitless Bridle as Seen in the Movie “Brother Nature”

Brother Nature

It has been two years in the making and finally the movie Brother Nature, formerly known as Brother In-Laws, is debuting September 9, 2016.  I had been contacted by a respected Hollywood animal trainer asking if I could provide horses for a Lorne Michaels film being shot at Lake of the Woods in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  I had one week to find, work with, and deliver on-time two horses for this SNL cast of characters that includes actors Bill Pullman, and Rita Wilson.  I got lucky tapping two horses already in Klamath Falls owned by two young men who happen to be my husband’s cousins – it was meant to be!!  After two days on-set the final shoot with the horses had a midnight call which I freaked out about on the phone with the assistant producer “how am I supposed to walk the horses from the road down the long driveway to the lake in the black of night?” I protested.  Well when we showed up the entire road and driveway were lit up with high voltage lighting to the hum of generators running – the horses unloaded and walked down to the set without a flinch.

We were on-set for 6 hours that night and had to move the horses from one location to the next keeping them out of the background between scenes, but what amazing horses these two mares were navigating expensive and complicated equipment, wires, cables, lights etc. with people and contraptions all around us.  Both horses did their jobs beautifully in the All-In-One Bitless Bridle which you can see in the official trailer online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh-dTxPn9Pk at the 1:30 mark.   The horses had difficult scenes at times as you’ll see in the trailer & movie, but the cast was wonderful gathering around afterwards to calm and nurture the horses letting them know they did a great job.

Bobby Moynihan

Bobby Moynihan

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My Horse is Afraid of Me – the Result of the Hegemony Culture of Horse Training

My Horse is Afraid of Me

An Arab mare arrived for retraining with a disturbingly common problem of fear and distrust of people.   My barn is often the last stop for horses before being sent to auction or euthanized due to dangerous behavior, and this mare was facing the same fate if I failed at connecting and retraining her.  The owner of this beautiful horse was grief stricken and disillusioned after bringing her once sweet, trusting mare home from a six month stint with a professional trainer.  She now has a dangerous horse that spooks, bolts and is afraid of her owner and people in general.  Sadly what happened to this mare is a common problem among horses that I work with – how did this happen to this once trusting mare?   The answer – Hegemony.

Arab Mare

What is Hegemony?  A quick definition is the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group[i].  The culture of training a horse by use of force, pain and painful devices continues to pervade our TV shows, training videos, horse expos, clinics and even among the natural horsemanship trainers.   In my opinion this culture of hegemony has its roots in the belief of “dominate the earth and all its creatures”.

Before the industrial age horses were a main source of transportation, weapons of war, tools for ranching, farming, logging, gambling and sports competition.  Just get the horse under control and working was the order of that day based on the additional belief that horses have no feelings, animals don’t feel pain etc.[ii]  Today in some cultures horses are still used in many ways as tools, but mainly horses are used for sport and personal gratification.  However, people within the horse industry and the public at large are questioning whether it takes force and pain to train a horse as the hegemony stronghold begins to unravel.

The Arab mare had been the victim of our hegemonic culture of horse training unnecessarily!  Instead of approaching the mare with gentleness, respect and compassionate herd leadership, she was given the choice of “do it or else you will feel the lash” methodology.  The mare could not emotionally nor physically cope with the either/or methodology, therefore became afraid that ALL humans will inflict pain invoking her flight response.  In this case I understood the mare’s fear and allowed her to step out of her stall into the paddock whenever I entered.  She was not displaying disrespect by walking away; she was simply removing herself from the potential of pain which I had to respect and meet with compassion.

In the hegemony culture of horse training a trainer would have run her out of the stall as she stepped in that direction making it the trainer’s idea she moved her feet (he who moves the other’s feet first is in control).  However, with the awareness of her sentient nature and her resulting behavior due to her training experiences, I simply met her exactly where she was emotionally with compassion and did not command her feet – instead I gave gentleness and respect by simple touch-retreat that felt good to her with NO pressure!  I soon gained her trust that I was not going to hurt her and she willingly cooperated with my requests.  Within 30 days I had her running on mountain trails with her tail held high and freedom in her hooves.

Today’s knowledge and plethora of examples that horses WILL respect, respond and cooperate when treated with compassionate herd leadership and patience, should be a prevailing practice among ALL horse trainers.  In my opinion any trainer that does otherwise should be shunned and excluded from the industry wholly, not just the soring and doping trainers.  I challenge the horse trainers that use bits, spurs, force and pain to reconsider their training as an obsolete style in light of today’s knowledge.  Step out of the darkness and embrace the possible!  Gentle horse training truly does succeed with patience patience patience, and is well worth the time to have a horse that is excited to see you, respects you, does not fear you and enjoys living their life with fun and adventure alongside you.

As an internationally recognized Gentle Horse Trainer and member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators, Missy pioneered the WHOLE horse training methods on the foundation of DO NO HARM.  Missy is the producer of the famed, “free for viewing” Training the Whole Horse® and Starting Under Saddle video series plus founder of DO NO HARM Productions and creator of the All-In-One Bitless Bridle.  For more information visit Missy Wryn’s website at MissyWryn.com or call toll free (888) 406-7689

[i] http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hegemony

[ii] https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/william-lane-craig-argues-that-animals-cant-feel-pain/

 

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Tell Me How You Really Feel – the Clinton Anderson Controversy Continues

I continue to receive messages from folks asking what I think about the statements Clinton Anderson made recently: “Now the women who are watching this, you know, I make fun of these tree-hugging idiots that ride in a bitless bridle, and you know, they trail ride, and and, they’re close to nature. They hear what I just said and they say “that’s barbaric”, they’ve never trained a stud horse in their friggin’ life. And I wish they would, cause they’d get killed and that would get rid of most of these people who bug the shit out of me. Okay? So they’ve never trained a stud horse in their life. They’ve never trained one. Their, their whole idea of accomplishment is the horse stands still at the mounting block. Like “oh my god, he stood still so I get three mounting blocks, one on top of the other and climb up with my fat ass up there and get on.” Clinton Anderson

I may not align with Clinton’s style, his character and opinions, but some of his techniques are useful when applied with gentleness and compassion…………… For some people they need to feel in control by using intimidation through force and pain, but then there’s YOU and me. We have discovered horses are willingly cooperative when given the opportunity to learn under gentle patience, guidance, and compassionate herd leadership!

The world is changing with a compassionate sensibility, and for some it is very uncomfortable since it does not align with their “old guard dominance” programming. Things are being said out of fear which often expresses itself in the likeness of anger, rage and arrogance. This expression from Clinton only resolves me to look beyond the man and embrace the source of his comments with compassion.  Missy

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Gentle Horse Training – Remember Your Manners

Horse Body Check

There’s a fundamental paradigm shift within the horse industry to tone down the forceful methods of horse training and incorporate gentler methods in recognition of the horse’s sentient nature.   As the pendulum swings from the use of force, pain and devices to non-device gentler methods, professionals such as farriers and veterinarians are struggling with ill-mannered horses due to what they refer to as the “pet mentality” some horse owners have embraced.   As I’ve written before there’s nothing wrong with your horse being your pet, but as horse owners we have a responsibility to train our horses to respect people and be a SAFER pet for all those who handle and/or visit our horses.

Using gentle horse training methods incorporates time, patience and positive reinforcement without the use of food, but it does not relinquish herd leadership that horses are genetically required to have at all times.   You can learn how to train your horse to have good manners using gentle methods by watching FREE my Training the Whole Horse® video series below:

As an internationally recognized Gentle Horse Trainer and member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators, Missy pioneered the WHOLE horse training methods on the foundation of DO NO HARM.  Missy is the producer of the famed, “free for viewing” Training the Whole Horse® and Starting Under Saddle video series plus founder of HorseMAREship™,  and DO NO HARM Productions plus creator of the All-In-One Bitless Bridle.  For more information visit Missy Wryn’s website at MissyWryn.com or call toll free (888) 406-7689

 

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I Will Not Be Swayed – JOIN the GENTLE Horse MOVEMENT

Missy Wryn Gentle Horse Trainer

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I will not be swayed from my position that GENTLE and BITLESS horse training methods make for a SAFER more responsive horse, and a relationship you’ve always dreamed of between you and your horse. To the status quo horse industry that uses force, pain and fear I say “WAKE UP the change is HERE! Understand there’s no cosmic or woo woo about the effectiveness of GENTLE horse training. We stand united and will no longer tolerate the inhumane abuses”.

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