Its one of those things - without it you can make an assessment of a situation and be completely wrong, and with it you may make a completely different assessment of exactly the same situation.
I was in the kitchen, and I was preparing some sweet potatoes. The sweet potatoes that I was working with were pre-cleaned, and so I was using a vegetable peeler to just take off the 'bumpy bits' and the deep grooves in the skin. A person commented 'thats an interesting way to peel potatoes'.
I made a bit of a joke about it, said 'It's all about context" and we had a chuckle.
But it got me to thinking about how it relates to our horses. Some people may look at a photo, video or a movement and think 'that it is terrible', but without knowing the context - the history of the horse, the level of education and training of the horse, and more importantly what the trainer is trying to achieve, that assessment could be completely incorrect.
I'm not talking about blue tongues and hiding behind 'a moment in time' situations that we see every now and again (too often), I'm talking about seeing someone riding with their horses head low and making a call that it is 'too low' without realizing that the horse is usually a head high anxious horse, and to have their head low is a huge achievement. Or seeing someone sitting on a horse in a round pen and not realising that this is their first ride back after a fall, or making a judgement on the biomechanics of a movement, without realising that this is the best the horse has done so far, and they are still working on it.
So to relate it even further to our horses and our training, I think it is important for us to remind ourselves of the context - is your horse
In the learning phase?
Coming back after an injury?
An educated horse that is a bit 'rusty'?
An educated horse that just isn't performing?
Its the context that tells you how to work with the horse - a horse that is in learning phase I'm going to 'reward the try'. An educated horse I'm going to set the bar a little higher and expect more quality in the movement but fewer repetitions.
When applying any training to your horse it is imperative that you remind yourself of the context, and modify the training to accommodate that, and to set you both up for success.
Yours for the horse
Well, we presented our first online clinic recently on the topic 'Balance' and it was AWESOME!
It was so good that we have decided to continue to run online courses.
The way they work;
The course workbook is emailed to you
You are added to a private facebook group with other members of the clinic
The course content is videoed as individual exercises (ground, ridden and theory)
The course is delivered over the allocated days (lessons are all uploaded by start times)
Optional - you can upload video of yourself doing the exercises for feedback
The feedback from the 12 participants of the balance course is fantastic - and some of the benefits that we found came from the course being online;
You are able to re-watch lessons as many times as you like
You can train at your own pace - some people are doing one or 2 exercises per day - giving them up to a months worth of training content
You can do the course with more than one horse (video feedback is only on 1 horse, however, you can add another horse video for a small additional fee)
When choosing to video yourself you are able to see your interaction with your horse, this offers a fantastic learning platform.
We are delivering online courses at a minimal fee of $175.
Upcoming we have
Foundation Clinic - 18 & 19 (Ground and ridden)
Agility and Gymnastic exercises - 16 & 17 (Ground and ridden)
Building Confidence and Overcoming Anxiety issues in the horse - 30 & 31 (ground and ridden )
Advancing your groundwork - 13 & 14 (Ground only)
To Book in or for further details email us by clicking HERE or replying to this email
TKH ONLINE SERVICES
I am well aware of the need for many people to tighten the purse strings at thise stage, so I am offering training ranging from Free of Charge up to regular clinic costs. My plan is to continue to share my services to current and new students as follows;
Weekly Article Direct to inbox. If you are already part of our email news list, you will know that you receive a free weekly article directly to your inbox. This article can be on a range of topics from training, horse psychology, human psychology, physiology, biomechanics, and any topic that comes to my mind when I'm writing it! Usually sent out on Mondays - a great kickstart to your week! Cost: $FREE - Access - Send us your email address. NOTE - I do post the link to the articles on Facebook but you are not always guaranteed to see it. I also will occasionally send them as only emails - they will not be publicly posted, so send in your email to receive each one.
Online training Evening Workshops. Currently Monthly. Each month I do a live online training workshop to anyone who has joined. These are held on Facebook, cover a range of topics (see poster for upcoming workshops) and each participant receives a workbook via email. Cost: $FREE Access - Send us a message!
Wednesday Night LIVE! WNL is going to make a comeback! After starting our popular live show as Monday Night Live back in April 2017 - can you BELIEVE they are 3 years old! We changed to Wednesday Night Live and then at the end of 2019 took a little break. Due to popular demand, we will be recommencing WNL each week. Cost: $FREE - Access - on our Facebook Business page - Tanja Kraus Horsemanship.
The Millie Diaries (and other training videos). Our Youtube channel is constantly uploaded with content - right now we have brought back The Millie Diaries and are sharing with you her training journey of Trailer Loading Preparation. Follow the link to the first episdoe here and subscribe to see uploads (usually daily). The Millie Diaries
Online Training Videos. I have been providing my online training videos since July last year and will continue to upload the content. The training videos do not follow a particular plan or system - I simply film sessions with my, and clients horses, and share with you either the exercise instruction for what I am doing or the solution to the issue I am trying to solve. There are over 100 videos which include liberty training, online ground sessions, ridden work, problem-solving, theory classes on psychology and physiology. I will continue to upload videos to this platform (a minimum of 2 per week, however it is usually 3 - Monday, Wednesday and Friday). COST - $10 per month USD (I cannot change this to AUD, the platform will not allow it). Access - Head to https://www.patreon.com/tanjakraushorsemanship to join and get instant access.
Online courses and schools. Our first online clinic on Balance was a huge success! We have several upcoming courses that will be delivered in an online format. You will receive the workbook, the instructions on the course exercise both on the ground and ridden (video format), and the theory classes. Cost: As per registration form. Access - as per course registration form.
Private Lessons Online. Private lessons will be provided to a small number of people wanting to get that feedback from me. You will be able to submit a video of you riding for me to view and offer suggestions and solutions for any challenges you are facing or simply for progress advice. COST: TBA. Access - please register your interest in this option and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
I'm hoping with this many options that we will not only have a heap of great things to keep us motivated and training and bonding with our horses, but that it will provide a great opportunity for us to really ‘level up’ our, and our horse's skills.
Let me know your thoughts, questions or suggestions
Take care and hang in there!
To join our free online evening workshops - simply reply to this email with your email address, which workshop you would like to join, and connect with us on facebook so we can add you to the group!