♔ The Kjrsos Experience - The Conscious Horse

Teaching us to trust in the voice of the horse.

There is one concept that defines Kjersos,  the system, the teachings and that is that Kjrsos, the horse, is our guide.  Our advisor, our teacher, the voice, the spirit that accompanies us on this lifelong journey. 

But this is only possible when we have the opportunity to work with the fully conscious horse, one who is connected and fully aware.  One who knows that he is being asked for his help and thus becomes willing to try to show us the answers. To use his voice, to share with us, help us along our journey.  It is here that we discuss what is a conscious horse, as well as the things that we can do to help or heal for our horses to fully evolve.

The Conscious Horse can teach what the unconscious horse can never show us.  Just note what experience you have with any one horse is completely dependent upon the conscious health of the horse that you are with.

 

The Conscious Horse is fully aware and vibrantly alive.  So beautiful they can take our breath away. So powerful they draw and hold our gaze, we can't really look away.  This is who he was born to be.

 

We can only learn to the level of our teachers. The level of consciousness of the horse or horses that you are with is something that we need to value and to protect because they cannot be our guides to that which they are not a part of. 

The horse in front of you, cannot teach what he is not. 

It is therefore up to us, to make sure he can reach his potential the same way he is trying to help us reach ours. Twin spirits on a journey of self-discovery.

Course Studies

Why We Need the Conscious Horse - What this means to them and to us.

The blessing of the conscious horse.

Discovering how health both physical and emotional can influence the level of conscious awareness of our horse.

Once you are convinced that it is only the conscious horse that you want to work with, there arises the question - how do we do this?  How do we help the horses in our life become more consciously aware themselves?  This is just an introduction to the subject because much of what comes after this is designed assuming that it is only the conscious horse that we want to work with.

Limiting the conscious awareness of the horse is in many ways to destroy his spirit.  You take away what he could be.  A terrible price for him to pay for our own limitations.

There needs to be a rise in awareness not only the limitations created when working with the unconscious horse but also many inherent dangers.  Not just a danger to the horse, but dangerous to us as well.  

We need to address the concept of the unconscious rider.  Who with little awareness, limits or sadly causes damage unknowingly.  What we must understand first is that this is all of us. It does no good to point fingers at others because all of us are on this journey. To raise our awareness, our sensitivity, our consciousness. None of us has gotten to the end yet. None of us are perfect and ALL of us love our horses.  All of us are the unconscious rider to some varying degree.  So where we all need to start is acknowledging that and focus on how we can help. And first we have to start on ourselves.

This is about the horse. About how we and our horses need to live in a space where the energy there supports us.  How we need to learn that the energy we and others bring - disturbs us, disturbs the horse.  Where he lives makes a difference. Perhaps far more than you realize.  Here for a moment, we are going to pause and discuss how many horses live, in corrals and stalls, in a barn with many different people, with different personalities and different ideas on what is right for the horse and discuss what this does to him just to be there, to live like this.

 

This is his strength.  This is his power.  Understanding the importance of where he lives for the fully conscious and aware horse.  

 

Kjrsos Discipline: Essentials of Communication

More than knowledge on how to ride, communication, is the foremost skill that every horseman needs.  It is sad that throughout the world, when a rider comes to an instructor no mention is made about learning to communicate.  Other than perhaps here is how you make him lift his feet so you can clean his feet.  That isn't communication that is you making him do something.  So much of our relationship with horses is about control.  Making them do what we want when we want them to do it.

Communication with our Horses Happens at Different Levels, in different ways.  It is more diverse and more rich than simply looking to see if the horse's ears are forward and back. 

To start with, communication implies there is more than one involved.  The one that is communicating and the one who is being communicated to.

Communication indicates a conversation.  A two-way conversation.  Something happening between the two involved even if we don't always understand that it is happening.

When we begin to look to communicate let alone try to understand what the horse is trying to tell us, we have set ourselves a difficult task. Miscommunication among humans is endemic. Miscommunication between two diverse species is somewhat more problematic.  Magnified by the problem that all of our communication to some extent is based upon assumptions.  We can't understand the communication if we don't understand the horses. If we misconstrue intent, if we misconstrue their perception, we misconstrue the communication.

So the essentials of communication has to balance between just learning about the horse in general so we begin to understand where they are coming from, their intent, how they think, how they react, and the basics of body language.  What our bodies are saying to one another.  If the intent of your communication does not jive with what your body language is saying, the message is garbled and does nothing but confuse the horse.

"While too often animals read our intent which is buried within our body language, position, action and gestures when that is mired or mixed with action that muddies the communication it completely throws out the connection and the communication between us and our dogs or any animal including humans." From Raising an Intelligent Dog

This discipline tries to balance between the effort to begin to understand our horses and basic physical body language of both horse and rider.

Highly Recommended

Supporting Class Living in Time

 

It is here that we take the Essentials of Communication and go the next step. Looking for a conversation.  Looking to find the voice of the horse.  Trying to understand the horse and how he thinks and in that understanding find ways to communicate to him that work because they are about him.

The challenge as always is to give the horse space and opportunity to answer, and to have the awareness to see, hear what they are saying.

Something as simple as stepping forward versus stepping back can be filled with information, communication and can at the same time present us with a lesson on new ways to engage the horse and have their willing participation.

This is about us, learning more about them, enabling us to open up the lines of communication and reaching out and creating a new type of relationship. They are so different from us, in so many ways.  The difficulty as always is not so much the horse, but us.  Because when we don't understand the horse, how he thinks and we try to train based on how we think, it is a wonder that our horses do as well as they do.

Finding the guidance and voice of the horse.

 

The more we understand the horse the more that changes the relationship that we have with them.  We must look carefully, analyze, wonder what is here.  And in the wondering, discover what is here that maybe we missed before.

These tools can be powerful.  Any powerful tool needs to be treated with respect.  Used in the training method referred to as clicker training which encompass the concepts of positive and negative reinforcement.  The basic concepts go far beyond just a click and a treat, and are at some level a part of any relationship.  Which is why it is so important that you understand these concepts and how they impact upon your training and your relationship.

The concept is not difficult to understand but how to do it is.  This challenges almost all training methods that we use for our horses and challenges us in new ways. What does your training system say to the horse?

 

Everything we do here at Kjrsos is about helping the horse have a voice. An ongoing process that never stops.  Knowing that it is not enough for us to hear but they have to be able to speak as well.

It matters not what we think we need to be, to be a leader when we are with a horse.  What matters is our understanding how they decide if you are or not. And that is something that too many miss.

A series of articles that speak to the interacting and training of the horse and how important it is to spend as much time as possible learning to work with our horses in such a way that they spend as little of their lives as possible with the halter on.  The more we can learn to work with the halter off, the more that teaches us about our interactions with our horses.  It gives them more of a voice, helps in the development of their consciousness when they are given a choice.  If we need the halter, we need to explore how else can we change, what else can we find. How much farther we have to go.

Time to ask yourself what is your perspective on those who live here with you on this earth.  Then ask yourself how that influences how they interact with you.

 

Why would you doubt that in a universe where everything is energy, that a language, a way to communicate would be through the concept of energy itself. A more advanced course.

Prerequisites: Communication Essentials & Tools of a New Relationship

To learn more on basic body language check out Understanding our Horses under Essentials of Communication.

 

The Study of Movement ~ Beautiful Gorgeous Free Flowing Powerful Movement ~ The First Step
 
 
This is about you becoming so aware of the energies of the horse that you can't imagine for a moment to not let them exist, you can't imagine doing anything to extinguish that beautiful, gorgeous, living, vital, complete utilization of the body of that which is Kjrsos because they have now become a part of who you are.
 
This is where it all begins.  The beginning to ensure that everything that follows is healthy for the horse.  It is also the building block of where movement becomes its own language, our first step in our Quest to the Centaur.
 
 

The ability to visualize and recognize good movement may arguably be 'the' most important educational element.

 
So it is no surprise that 'The Study of Healthy Equine Movement" is a prerequisite for most of the courses that follow.
 

 

The walk is the most complicated of all the gaits having both a diagonal and a lateral component. It is what we often refer to as a gait of healing.  Because of the intricacies of the walk, it can be the one that is most difficult to have a full and complete understanding of.  But it is the one that is perhaps most important to understand so that we can fully utilize it as a gait of health.

Where we further examine the mobility of the horse's neck especially in the gait of walk as the gait of health.

There is so much happening here at any given point in time and yet this is an area that we don't spend enough time watching, observing so that we can understand how this is something that we must allow the horse at all times.  A fully mobile back is the sign of a truly healthy horse.

The trot is our first gait of impulsion and it is here that we must strive for a purity of movement at all times so that we keep the trot as a gait of impulsion.  

We have an incredible resource available to us that we should never underestimate.  We need to value this incomparable resource that every single equestrian can benefit from.  Especially if we put healthy movement first in all of our dealings with our horses.  The wild herd uncompromised, with an endless variety of terrain to challenge the equine body yet a body uncompromised by our mistakes.

The ability of the body to make minute adjustments to bring the body back into balance.

The complicated subject of bend is probably the most intense and most complex of any and all subjects of anything that has to do physically with the horse. A subject that you will need to study for the rest of your life.  The importance of this subject cannot be overstated.

The study of movements that include bend.  This subject is covered extensively in our Healthy Movement of the Centaur Program, but we begin an introduction here of lateral movement. Interesting to understand to watch and see how the horse moves without a rider on and how he incorporates lateral movement as he plays within his own body.

Studying the shoulder of the horse.  Deserving of study because it is different in the horse then it is humans.  There is no skeletal connection in the horse for the shoulder and the front legs.  They have no collar bone and we need to understand the ramifications this has on the movement of the horse.

Æquilibrium

Discovering where the horse finds balance.  Where equilibrium lives in his body without the rider.

æquus means Equal and libra means Balance

So Aequus Libra or æquilibrium means to be in Equal Balance

Balance could and perhaps should be the defining essence of the horse.

This is us exploring the Light within Kjrsos -  Their Guiding Spirit opening our eyes and hearts that perhaps there is so much more here.  A knowingness, a purpose that we benefit from whether we acknowledge it or not.

The Guiding Light of Kjrsos Taking Us Somewhere We Didn't Know Existed -  The Study of Enlightenment

 

When we raise our children, from the very beginning, as babies we look to stimulate, to activate them, as children and young adults to educate them, and then we take this bright mindful creature and we look them up to look at four walls in a cage of 10 by 10 feet, or look at the same fence line and dirt lumps in a 40 by 40 foot enclosure, or a few acres of grass that is 'safe' but perhaps boring.   As the individual who restrains these creatures, who limit their interaction with a rich diverse natural world we have a responsibility with our horses the same as we do with our children, to raise an intelligent horse.  To enrich their lives that brings out their best potential.  Also perhaps we also need to take the time to question why when we think about breeding, buying a new horse, that intelligence is not one of the markers of what we think is valuable.

Based on the premise of "Raising an Intelligent Dog" 

Since we know that their intelligence is part of where they live and reflects their emotional being. That is why we discuss intelligence here.

 Once we accept the horse as a thinking feeling intelligent entity all on it own, we begin to understand how ridiculous it is to think that we should not develop some kind of relationship before we climb on top of their back. Thankfully for us, horses are innately kind and gentle creatures and seem to accept our antics.  We think nothing of going to a trail riding place and climbing on top of someone who has no idea if they can trust us to make the right decisions.  From leaping from horse to horse with the Pony Express, to jumping on a racehorse and asking them to run as fast they can, we expect that they will put up with anyone being on their back and will listen every time.  We treat them more like robots then we do thinking, feeling creatures with thoughts, ideas and wants of their own.  We devalue the thought of any kind of relationship with the horse.  No wonder so many are so completely unaware of the breadth of intelligence that is the horse.

It is here before we mount that your first relationship is established.  Long before you get on his back.  

From the moment of your first approach to the first time you put a halter on his head, to the first time you put a saddle on his back.  It matters not if this has been done to him a hundred, a thousand times before.  This is the first time with you.

These first times define what comes next.  Everything that you do now, transforms what comes next.

 

Every approach is the first.  An opportunity to communicate perhaps in a way that you never have before.

Includes the safety rules of being around the horse?

Pre-requisite Understanding and Basic Communication