You reach a point in your life, age-wise, that you have a lot to look back on- the same amount to look forward too, and the present seems a weird way-station of a train leaving with a train arriving.
In taking lessons with Molly, I was a looking back to when I taught lessons, thinking hm would I teach it that way? Or that is a good way to get this information across? and then as a student, I was pondering how the information I was getting was working or not – and what my role in the learning process was.
As a member of the Waterhole Rituals Inner Circle training group, it was brought home again how much mistranslation happens. The Internet, phone and video can only tell so much. Yet, even in person we are handicapped by what we understand is our own feel – and how good the instructor can provide similes, imagery, metaphors and allegories so we can go, “oh so that is what you mean!”
Writing articles and worrying over people mis-translating what I am trying to convey in those articles, again had me thinking of what I am writing or saying may not be what you are reading or hearing.
As the mother of a son who is ADHD, with learning disabilities, who homeschooled him two separate years – I intimately know the uniqueness of how each person draws information from their world. For example, for him the drawing of a lawnmower was a motorized swing.
All this information, in the horse world is translated by the magical sense called FEEL. What is it? How can we translate it from instructor to student – from student to instructor? how can I tell you what to feel, and how much gets lost in that translation?
It’s feel that allows the trainer to apply a technique to one horse in the proper amount, while another person may apply too much force, ask too fast, or not recognize why the horse resisted.
Using Centered Riding techniques developed by Sally Swift, is successful for many because it uses imagery to translate the feel. However, I have found students who found these images distracting or hard to comprehend.
Technical riding lessons are fine but the more advanced a student you become the more feel is refined to the splitting of hairs. It becomes harder for the instructor to give you worthwhile data – and the horse becomes the true teacher for those that will listen.
The ability to feel happens only when we are honest with ourselves. It’s why some of my students did not progress no matter how hard we both tried. Without removing the personal and just receiving the data without emotional attachment you cannot evaluate the feel as accurate.
You must feel FREE TO EXPERIMENT – FREE TO FLY!!
Because feel is unique to each – it should not have a judgement of right or wrong but rather “this is now – this is happening – now I have changed the feel – now the horse has changed – and I change.”