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The Beauty and Simplicity of Training with Attraction

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By: cw

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 14:05:18 +0000

You are hearing clear echoes! Thank you so much. Definitely link! It was through my horses that the work of Abraham-Hicks truly became tangible. I could see and the law of attraction in action. If I could help any of my horses, especially DaVinci, find a thought that helped him feel better, it would produce a better feeling (safe) behavior. I believe too that each time I help DaVinci reprogram an old thought pattern like "Every time a person raises their hand, I'm going to get whacked and feel pain" to "Every time a person raises their hand, I'm going to feel better" then I'm on the road to teaching him to attract better responses from the folks that handle him. If he reacts to people defensively, most likely he'll bring out the worst those people and create a bad experience for himself. If I can teach him to 'think' thoughts that feel better, then he'll hopefully bring out the best in his handlers. DaVinci has taught me during this sappy intention experiment, is that the world is so much better if you like yourself. I've watched him. He doesn't feel good when he's flipping out. The contrast, when he's feeling confident, is staggering. He's a different horse. I'd venture to say that he likes himself (or likes being in his body) so much more when he's overcome an obstacle that previously made him lose his cool. This confidence, or better feeling, seems to attract many more opportunities for both of us to feel better. True to Abraham-Hicks writing, there's such magic when we can simply feel good. Then bump that up a notch and bask in appreciation for our horses, our animals, our humans, ourselves, and wow, life takes on a whole new look! I appreciate your comment :) Cheryl

By: enlightenedhorsemanship

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 02:50:55 +0000

This is truly inspiring. Do I hear echoes of what you have learned from Abraham-Hicks? Few people put it into practice as artfully and effectively as you have. Mind if I link to this post?

By: Emm

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 03:23:47 +0000

Your blog makes me very happy. ;) I, too, wanted to add something about the visualization. I don't have a horse, but am equally blessed with a German Shepherd, my family's beautiful Opal. She is mostly wonderful, but can be a bit over-excited when she sees other dogs. One day, I took her for a walk (pretty normal). On the shortcut down to the creek, there's a house with a dog that barks at anything, which can be horrible to walk crazy Opal past. I expected her to react, even though the dog wasn't outside, and she did. We walked down to the creek, and she was wonderful - she stayed close to me, despite her extendo-leash (long story short, I can get hives from any sort of friction, so normal leashes are a no-go), played in the shallow water, and was a happy dog. We saw a stranger walking in another direction, but she didn't lunge (I didn't expect her to, as people aren't quite as interesting to her as dogs). On our way back, I was admiring how happy and relaxed she looked, when she saw a dog and I didn't. She immediately tried to go to the dog, and as she was already reacting, I didn't see her sitting calmly by my side, and she didn't. The dog avoided her because she looked crazy, even if she only wanted to play. A little while later, though, I saw a dog before she did, asked her to sit and stay, and she did until I released her. Dog met dog and all was good in the world. It's amazing the different reactions she had within an hour's time, but I think it had something to do with what I expected from her, and how she read my voice and energy. I'm starting to watch the videos on the Dogmantics site you posted, to see if I can retrain her. ;3 Here's to the best!

By: Clicking to Good Vibrations!

Tue, 16 Feb 2010 05:10:59 +0000

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By: cw

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 23:06:13 +0000

Thanks so much for your comment. Yes, it works great with two leggeds! I have a 19 year old daughter and it's worked so well with her that she's using the same techniques with her Siberian Husky puppy that likes to eat couches. It's so refreshing to see her go to solution and love her new dog and appreciate the dog's tenacious qualities rather than getting angry and punishing the pup. The only downside I see to this type of thinking is that soon every horse/dog/cat becomes beautiful and wonderful and very hard to resist bringing them home! Thank you again, Cheryl

By: Signa

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 19:54:50 +0000

What a wonderful, wonderful post. I must remember this when working with one of my horses in particular -- he's a wonderful boy but slow to gain confidence and I'm more often than not frustrated with him. I'm insanely curious to know if this will help us! And if I can remind myself, I must also use it with my 20 year old daughter...... Thank you for a new Mantra!

By: cw

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:14:36 +0000

What a lucky little foal to have you. I think your humming may be doing much more than calming the foal. Check out this excerpt by Simon Mitchell regarding Vibration Healing: Vibrational medicine interfaces with subtle energy fields that underly the functions of a physical body. It is based on the idea of resonant frequencies, similar to a tuned string on a musical instrument resonating with anything tuned to the same frequency, or an opera singer smashing a glass by singing at a certain pitch. Some sciences and philosophies have recognised vibrational elements as an important part of the universe. It is proving difficult to link these new sciences with the dogma of Western medicine. Even as long ago as 1928 Thomas Sugrue recognised vibrational elements at work in the human body: "The human body is made up of electronic vibrations, with each atom and elements of the body, each organ and organism, having its electronic unit of vibration necessary for the sustenance of, and equilibrium in that particular organism. Each unit, then, being a cell or a unit of life in itself has the capacity of reproducing itself by the first the law as is known as reproduction-division. When a force in any organ or element of the body becomes deficient in its ability to reproduce that equilibrium necessary for the sustenance of physical existence and its reproduction, that portion becomes deficient in electronic energy. This may come by injury or disease, received by external forces. It may come from internal forces through lack of eliminations produced in the system or by other agencies to meet its requirements in the body." Who knows, your humming might be healing that fetlock really fast as well as keeping her happy. Talk about good vibrations! Cheryl

By: cw

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:47:26 +0000

Aw shucks!

By: cw

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 14:46:40 +0000

I'm so sorry to hear of your horse's eye injury. Not that I have experience working with seeing impaired horses, my first thought would be to immediately establish some sort of 'grounding' or security cue that means "You're ok, everything is fine, you're safe." I've found that the best way to do this is first teaching your horse the basics of attraction-based communication using a sound (clicker) as a means to tell the horse 'right answer'. I've found with my horse with PSTD, who is absolutely afraid of everything, I can totally stop a flight response, I can get him to focus, calm down, and come back to earth by the sound of the click. For him the sound of the click means something good is going to happen. So when he is in a full fledged panic, I can simply click, and it seems to stop him in his tracks and then he looks to me for what he needs to do next. The reason this works so well is that we practice quite often in an attraction-based environment where he is asked or invited to touch an object, or perform some task and then he hears a click and receives a food reinforcer. Because this process is associated with good feelings, when he hears the click, those good feelings surface and seem to over take the bad feelings. This is why I believe it is super important to only use positive reinforcement, invitation, or attraction-based methods paired with a click. I've see folks stomp at a horse to send it out, or use some type of pressure to cause the horse to move away and then they click. This to me can cause the horse to have less than positive feelings about the click. I wouldn't doubt at this point, your horse is having to learn all about the world all over again, literally from a different set of eyes. This can be a wonderful opportunity for you to reintroduce him to a brand new world full of positive and good feeling experiences so he'll feel better with one eye then perhaps he did with two. What I would do, if he's acquainted with the basics of attraction paired with a click and a treat, I would spend time listening to him to find out what noises get him upset. If it's a car coming up from behind his blind side, you could have a friend practice with you in the stable yard with a car. You could click-treat for the sound of the engine. Click-treat for the car getting closer. Eventually you could even have your friend honk the horn, you'll click and your horse would receive a jack-pot of treats. After you have created some very pleasant feelings surrounding noises on his blind side, then I'd hand walk him along the road where he has a tendency to get upset. Work with him just like you did in the yard. Lots of click-treats for simply standing there with you. The other thing I would do while you are working with him, is to teach him a behavior like head lowering or teach him to flex his head to your side to accept a treat. So if while you are riding and he starts to get scared, you can engage his brain and ask him for 'head down'. This helps get his thoughts off of the scary things and on to something he has to do, which of course feels good because he has most excellent associations with head down. When a horse's head is down, it also serves to relax the horse. It stretches the back muscles and reminds him of being relaxed, like when he's grazing in a field. For head down, I teach this by first having them target and object on the ground. I then give that behavior a verbal cue, then a touch cue, which is my hand touching his withers and then I'll give it a rein cue which is a slight up and down jiggle. This way I have all sorts of ways to help my horse relax and pay attention without a hint of negative reinforcement or pressure. If you can teach your horse to flex side to side, [...]

By: Kelly

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 04:42:45 +0000

Hey Penny, I worked at a large animal vet clinic for a year and we had quite a few partially or completely blind horses come in for treatment. One in particular was completely blind and needed a treatment every hour on the hour. This was quiet the challenge. During the treatment of this horse, it hit me that what this horse needed most was to feel safe. Sight is a sense horses utterly rely on for their ability to know when danger is present. So in every tiny thing I did or said or thought I let the horse know it was safe. This might translate on the road into riding him on the side of the road where he can see traffic. Talking to him and telling him he IS safe and that you will KEEP him safe. Also, doing some bending exercises where you have him halt and bend his head all the way to your foot while you are in the saddle (both directions). That way if he is frightened, you can stop, and let him see both sides of his body so he will know his is safe. If you have never trained a horse to do this or he doesn't already do this, Cheryl has GREAT techniques to teach him to do this happily. Thank you.