Most people think of the word liberty and think it means personal freedom – well in the horse world it means that and so much more! According to (https://horsefulnesstraining.com) The goal of Liberty Training is to develop a true connection between human and horse based on how horses interact and communicate within the herd.
Nicole has been talking about doing ‘Liberty work’ with her horse for several years. I didn’t really (and still don’t) understand what it means. Altho I am learning! What I do know is that liberty is teaching my daughter to read and trust her horse.
But more than that, it is a joy I have never seen in her before! She is loving working with Duke and doing Liberty. She is teaching him to trust her and to look to her for leadership! Yesterday he got spooked, you see horses have a few blind spots and right behind them is one. He gets scared when he can’t see whats going on or if he catches a quick glimpse of something the can’t see. Yesterday this happened and he started running. However he looked to Nicole to see what he should be feeling! This is huge, this means he’s looking to her as the Alpha and seeing if she feels he should be scared. She stayed calm and he calmed down and eventually came to her.
This is the core of liberty work! The idea that the horse is trusting you because you have a bond! Not one built on fear or attack but one built on mutual trust. Duke is learning to trust Nic has his mom!
When I picked her up yesterday I asked if she missed riding and she said No way! She said she loved the liberty work! She could not imagine doing anything else!! I love seeing this joy in her!! It’s hard work but she is so excited to be doing it!