On-Line Liberty Course

Welcome to my new On-Line Liberty Course!

I am so happy to be offering this course to people who wish to develop liberty in an enlightened way with their horses. This course has been designed in such a way that you are not relying on pressure and release and playing in confined spaces to interact at liberty. I wish for you to develop a true connection with your horse, not one that is based on force, no matter how subtle.

I am so enthusiastic about this course as it combines essential elements for success that took me many years to find. I now want to share this with you so that you can experience more of the joys of liberty and less of the pitfalls!

I am offering you two options. For £100 you get access to the Authentic Liberty E-Book, instructional videos, the FB support group and three personal video lessons for you and your horse. Alternatively, you can pay just £50 for everything, minus the three personal lessons. This is a great cheaper alternative for you if you are a confident independent learner. To book your place, scroll down. I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

 

Student Feedback

Michelle Davies

"I was introduced to liberty training a year ago. Having worked within the equine industry for 15 years using the same 'traditional' methods, I was really interested to try a new way to train horses. I have a 4 year old cob called Frodo who I have owned since he was a two year old, so I thought it would be a great opportunity for us both to learn together.

 

I met Sam via a mutual friend and she offered me the chance to try her online liberty course. As I had never attempted liberty training before, I was a little apprehensive that I would not be able to follow the programme without help, however once I started, I realised that this was not going to be the case. The well structured, step by step videos left me with a clear understanding of how to proceed with supporting Frodo. What I liked most was, if Frodo had not quite understood what I was asking of him, I was able to re-watch the videos to find out where I could improve how I asked him. I was amazed at how quickly Frodo picked things up and how much he enjoyed learning. It got to the point that when he saw me aproaching the gate, he would leave his field buddies to come straight over to me.

 

Liberty training has strengthened mine and Frodo's bond no end. I now have regular lessons with Sam. Although I know I still have a lot to learn, I am really excited about mine and Frodo's liberty journey together. I would urge anyone who is thinking about trying Liberty to go for it! You wont be disappointed....in fact, if you are anything like me you will will wonder why you haven't done it earlier."

Michelle Stewart (Australia)

"I have thoroughly enjoyed, and learnt immensely from, the Flow Horsemanship online Authentic Liberty course and the resource materials provided. In addition, as an unexpected but welcome benefit, being part of the Facebook group has kept me motivated and continued my education."

What is included in the course:

  • Introduction to Liberty E-Book.

  • Lifetime acces to series of on-line supporting videos.

  • 3 private video lessons giving you specific support and feedback (if you purchase this option).

  • Access to FB private group for ongoing support and inspiration.      

                          

It doesn't matter how far away you are and what facilities you have. The corner of a field is fine! It is what is inside you that is your most precious resource. This is what we shall be developing.

How is this course different to other liberty courses?

This course is different in a number of important areas!

I discovered over the years that a pressure and release style of training does not work well for many horses, particularly at liberty. If you are expereincing your horse leaving you, especially when circling then this course will help. Using feel and release and positive reinforcement instead of pressure and release, issues dissolve like magic as you build a genuine connection rather then a false form of liberty, where your horse stays with you through a lack of choice.

I found that there is a big gap in supporting people in developing the mental and emotional fitness you need to develop liberty. Lots of people talk about it, but very few attempt to help you practically in this endeavour. This support constitutes a central part of my on-line course.

I have also included some practical consideration of how the horse can be encouraged to move more healthily at liberty. Whilst this is definitely not a 'Straightness Training' course, helping your horse to move well does form part of the course. Again, I saw this as a gap in many  liberty programmes where horses were left to counter bend on the circle. and move with tension and a lack of balance.

I trust that you can see that this is a different type of support than that offered through more mainstream 'natural horsemanship' venues. There is nothing mechanical or generalised and you and your horse are never categorised as a 'type'. Support is totally individualised to match your wonderful uniqueness, both as individuals and in the alchemy of your partnership. Support for creativity and experimentation replaces slavishly following a routine. I trust that you will enjoy developing through this course as much as I have loved creating it for you.

Chapters

  • Introduction

 

  • What is Liberty Anyway?

 

  • Some Prerequisites

    • Developing Personal Discernment and Creativity in Learning

    • Soft Poll Flexion and Healthy Movement

    • How is your On-line?

    • A Word on Rewards

    • Horses Who Have Been Exposed to Training Using Escalating Pressure

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  • Managing Your Energy

  • The Value of Calmness

  • Be Kind to Yourself

 

  • Where Do I start?

    • Backing Up

    • Starting and Stopping

    • Circling

    • Come to Me - Being the Sweet Spot for your Horse

    • Parking and Yielding

    • Doing Nothing!

 

  • Get Creative - Combining a Flow and Using Obstacles

 

  • Moving Out Into Larger Areas

 

  • Common Challenges and Solutions

  • Asking Too Much/Expectations Too High

  • Moving too Quickly/Excessive Movement

  • Improvements...Followed by Set Backs

  • My Horse Ignores Me and Just Wants to Eat Grass!

  • Over-Stimulated Horses and Aggression Around Food Rewards

 

  • Heartbroken Horses

  • Final Thoughts

  • Appendix - List of Supporting Videos

Excerpt from E-Book - An Introduction to Liberty

"The discipline of liberty is something that is very close to my heart. It has become my favourite way to 'be' with horses. Developing more skill at liberty has definitely changed me as a person. There is something so magical about the feeling of understanding and connecting using only hearts, minds and energy to create a dance like exchange. Feelings of joyfulness  increase as confidence builds on both sides and you move out of the arena into wider spaces. I cannot encourage you enough if you are tentatively thinking of adding liberty to your repertoire. You will not regret it.

Some people may also be surprised to see liberty described as a 'discipline' but there is, without a doubt, much discipline on the human side. If you wish to interact with your horse without relying on halters and ropes, chances are you will have to change how you currently approach horses. Much of the discipline comes in managing energy levels and emotions and we shall look at this in more detail later. Suffice to say that like anything to do with horses, the change needs to be made within, first and foremost. Our horses cannot achieve something that we have not achieved ourselves. If we want our horses to be soft, engaged, calm, willing, adaptable, patient, curious and brave. We must ask to what extent do we embody these qualities ourselves. From this awareness, the greatest changes can emerge.

Despite the challenges, investing in liberty has so many wonderful advantages that the effort is more than worthwhile. Liberty offers massive potential for horse and human to create boundless fun and enthusiasm, sublimely enhanced communications and deepened bonds. I encourage you wholeheartedly to discover how liberty changes everything if you allow the healing potential to enter your life.

 

What is Liberty Anyway?

I have always been a big believer in going back to basics. Even the most advanced practice in life is nothing more than the basics, polished to the most exquisite shine. The basics are everything and we are undone without them. So let us consider the basics of the word liberty. The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines liberty as 'freedom from captivity, imprisonment, slavery or despotic control'. A bold statement and one that many might think at first glance does not relate to the 'liberty' we refer to with our own horses. Surely we are not freeing them from such oppressive circumstances?! I personally feel that one of the most empowering aspects of liberty for the horse is that we can begin to start giving them real autonomy and choice in what we do together. We can start to undo some of the tight bonds of control we unwittingly impose, often through emulating what we see around us as the 'norm'. The majority of every day horsemanship is based on control and nothing more. The simple joy of walking with Axel (pictured below) in wide open countryside and following a route of his own choosing, creates such pleasure for both of us. I cannot emphasise how important this aspect of liberty is. Our horses can genuinely act as our true partners, rather than constantly submitting to our (however well-intentioned) demands and directions. What a wonderful gift to be able to give our horses. A gift that is still sadly rarely bestowed by humans upon horses.

My interpretation of liberty is one where the horse has a real choice to participate or to leave and can have a real say in how things go. In this way we are honouring and respecting our horses intelligence, dignity and innate skills. Too often it is possible to see practises that are described as liberty, but the horse is merely displaying learned helplessness. The horse is doing what is asked because he or she knows that there is little possibility of avoiding a negative consequence if they do not comply. We are aiming for something entirely different here and please, do not make the mistake of thinking that all liberty is created equal.

Something positive to note is that you are probably doing bits of liberty with your horse without categorising it as such. Does your horse walk around the field with you while you are poo picking? Do you clean out feet or tack up with your horse standing free by the stables? Will you both walk back to the yard at feed time with no lead rope attached? All of these are liberty exchanges and are a great platform to build even more trust and interaction upon. If you do not do anything at all with your horse without them being on the end of a rope or a set of reins, well then that is even better! What a golden opportunity to take your relationship with your horse to whole new level and discover what magic awaits you there."

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Student Feedback

Michelle Davies

"I was introduced to liberty training a year ago. Having worked within the equine industry for 15 years using the same 'traditional' methods, I was really interested to try a new way to train horses. I have a 4 year old cob called Frodo who I have owned since he was a two year old, so I thought it would be a great opportunity for us both to learn together.

 

I met Sam via a mutual friend and she offered me the chance to try her online liberty course. As I had never attempted liberty training before, I was a little apprehensive that I would not be able to follow the programme without help, however once I started, I realised that this was not going to be the case. The well structured, step by step videos left me with a clear understanding of how to proceed with supporting Frodo. What I liked most was, if Frodo had not quite understood what I was asking of him, I was able to re-watch the videos to find out where I could improve how I asked him. I was amazed at how quickly Frodo picked things up and how much he enjoyed learning. It got to the point that when he saw me aproaching the gate, he would leave his field buddies to come straight over to me.

 

Liberty training has strengthened mine and Frodo's bond no end. I now have regular lessons with Sam. Although I know I still have a lot to learn, I am really excited about mine and Frodo's liberty journey together. I would urge anyone who is thinking about trying Liberty to go for it! You wont be disappointed....in fact, if you are anything like me you will will wonder why you haven't done it earlier."

Jackie Parsons

"Just come back from my bi monthly visit to my cranial osteopath she told me my body feels better, different. It must be the effort & concentration I'm putting into relaxation and breathing when I'm out with Scally.......... so thanks for that little healthy side benefit Flow Horsemanship!"

Shell Harper

"For me having already done a lot of liberty work the best result for me after reading this is to remind me of the basics, how important they are before rushing off to do the fancy stuff. I have now returned to the basics both on line and liberty to really perfect and polish them, rewarding the slightest movements in my intended direction, and already I'm seeing a big difference

I really like the emphasis on how every horse human relationship is different, and different people see different things as good or bad behaviour. I have come across this a lot with the equine (and just normal) world. We are all different for a reason!

Another positive point is the list of challenges and solutions, as it reassures people that there are bumps in the road and everyone comes across them."

Debbie Furnival

 "I've have found the book very useful and easy to read, full of straight forward information and well written. There's also a nice amount of your personal journey, which is always a benefit to those who share your interest, as it provides a platform to start from. I have been playing with the concepts with Spotty and we are still at the target stage. However, being the sort of horse she is, she finds it non-threatening and a source of fun. She's becoming increasingly relaxed , everyone up the yard is commenting that she is, and she now sees me as a trusted friend and her individual personality is really beginning to shine.

 

I feel that true liberty, done with patience, calm and genuine attention to Spotty's  emotions has helped a mentally damaged horse come out of herself by giving her playful and pleasant avenues of human interaction."

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