Note: CRIC stands for Carolyn Resnick Inner Circle, a program she is offering (for monetary compensation) to provide Internet coaching and which I am currently enrolled.
While I discuss Carolyns’ methods (”Waterhole Rituals’) I am expressing only my opinion to materials – DVD’s, online YouTube videos, her public blog etc… and my impressions of it, as well as how I use it with my own horses, as a review. I am not trained or endorsed by Carolyn Resnick.
Today I continued with the Waterhole Ritual: Taking Territory and started the Waterhold Ritual: Leading from Behind. Both of these are recommended for dominant horses.
I was reading a post where the author felt Carolyn Resnick’s work was similar to Round penning. I think this is a gross, catch-all statement without recognizing the quite subtle differences in the work. Yes, both operate off herd behavior and the instinctual needs a horse has. However, one uses a very small space where the horse cannot leave the work and most of the work is done at canter or fast trot. The RP trainer chooses the time the session is to take place.
The Waterhole Rituals lets the horse be worked in a very large arena or even a pasture. Most of the work is done at walk. The horse can leave at any time and has plenty of room to do so. You work the horse when he chooses to be involved.
This is a huge difference that perhaps people are not fully conscious of in terms of how it effects the horses’ will, spirit and desire to be with a person.
I’ve already described Taking Territory. We did this again and I could already notice a difference. She was far more in tune to where I was moving around her. She kept an eye on me. Once again though out of sight was out of mind and when I left her field of vision, I *poofed* vanished mysteriously.
When this happened, she got pushed off the food. After she was pushed off, I would wait until she would stop a respectful distance away from me, pause for a minute or two and then walk backward, inviting her back to the hay pile. I also invited her back with a cookie.
When she paid attention to my movement on the circle she got rewarded by me moving away and relieving the psychological pressure. Or I might walk up to her and offer her a bit of carrot or cookie.
We also started the leading from behind – something she would not let me do. This was also far more successful. Again, what was interesting was that during all the work she kept her ears forward. She seemed more alert and focused on me.
When we were headed back to her pasture, another interesting thing to note is that instead of walking behind me with her ears pinned, she came up beside me, ears forward.
Note: People need to remember where this horse is relation to their own horse.
She is not a rescue or abuse case. She has had no training whatsoever and is a young, fearless, pushy horse, not a timid, shy, easily hurt-feelings horse. Bold as Brass might fit her as a description.
Does this mean we can be a brute to her? No, but we do need to balance safety with training.