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.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been doing the Waterhole Ritual #1 of Carolyn Resnicks’ Method. The first phone conference we had was also about WR#1 and it was obvious to me any way that there is still a lot of confusion about how to do this ritual.
I am not sure that I even understand it now that I’ve seen two dvd’s, read her book and blog. There seems to be always another “should” that I didn’t seem to know about. Because Carolyn seems to be very Right Brained, I think there is a bit of a communication problem in explaining her expectations of what we are to do.
Since this Inner Circle program is new there also seems to be some poor ways it was set up such as not having a message board with threads where we could each start our own thread about our horses and experiences throughout the course. Hopefully, as we move through the course these issues will get sorted out or improved upon.
To me it would have been best for participants to fill out a form that would have given details on the name, age, breed, temperament, training etc… of the horse as well as ourselves – rather like a resume – during the sign up for the course. It would make it much easier to know what people are doing and where they are going.
Some folks have come up with some pretty creative methods to be with their horses, and definitely given me some food for thought on what I could do myself, such as putting my chair next to the hay rack. 🙂
I’m still rather confused about when we are to ask the horse to leave us (I had assumed it was when the horse started getting pushy about being with us such as nosing us, pushing for treats, etc…) and how much we are to ask for the horse to leave. The reality is that once a horse knows you have food pushiness is going to start period. Perhaps, this will be clarified more as people’s questions are answered.
What I am coming to realize is that this method is really hard and perhaps impossible for the horse owner who boards their horse and has limited time due to family, job or other obligations. Today, alone I was at the barn for 8 hours to look after the 3 horses and do the WR#1 as well as the physical therapy for Big Guy, health care for them, and taking care of their basic needs and training.
There is a massive time commitment involved and it’s interesting that many of the people participating keep their horses at home, which would make doing WR#1 much easier.