Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Harmonious Goal

In response to my post What if I Never Rode Again?, Linda suggested that I watch a documentary called The Path of the horse.

So, I did.

The funny thing about the documentary was that I was familiar with all the sources mentioned.  It starts with an interview of Mark Rashid -- whose clinics Brett and I have both attended.
Tex and Mark Rashid

There was a shot of a pile of books and I laughed -- I recognized the covers of all that I could see.  I've read them all over the years.  I guess this search for a harmonious interaction with horses has been at my core for, well, as long as I've been riding.

There was a woman interviewed who works with horses at liberty in California.  I had actually emailed her when I first started working with Tex.

Is this serendipity or what?

The part of dressage that has always attracted me most is the invisible dance that occurs when horse and rider are in sync.  The feeling that you are riding from thought and everything else just follows.  I've never been on a journey to Grand Prix, I've been on a journey of harmony.  The horses I have most enjoyed riding are the ones where I was able to achieve that connection: Starman, Jackson and Lucy.  Even though Auke was tremendously talented, riding him felt like a battle of wills rather than harmony.  And Winston, who was also very talented, was not at all interested in anybody's agenda but his own.  I think both horse and rider have to want that connection.

I think Tex wants connection, at least some of the time.  It will be interesting to see where things go with him.

For those of who have seen the show, Cavalia, you know what I am talking about.

There is also the French guy who runs around in the south of France with his horses -- he gets it too.

Of course, I have no intention (or the talent or balance or fearlessness) to do these amazing acrobatic feats, but the connection is what grabs me.  The horses, at complete liberty, who chose to engage and play.  How awesome is that?!