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Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal Theory

Inside the Human Factor course, we talked a lot about Polyvagal theory in human terms, but it also applies to the horses. 

Remember, today before you go out to hang out with your horse again, we’d like you to first do something inside of the practices portion of the Human Factor course  – whether you pick Orienting or Breathwork or even meditating – do this before you present yourself to your horse.   Then, when you are with your horse, do another – with them.  Breathe with them, maybe do the eco-meditation (this is on the Human Factor playlist of the video library) with them.  See if getting yourself into a different state first influences your horse in any way.  

This is where you are invited to just bring your curiosity in, no judgment or expectation, just curiosity if showing up in a different way has any affect on your horse.

A reminder of how to use this course: click on Mark Complete below and tomorrow you will move on to Day 8. 

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This has been so useful to me on shoeing day. I have always “worried “ that my horse won’t behave for the shoer…leading to who knows what type of fights. I started meditating before the shoer arrives, and then while I am holding the horse for him, I monitor my breathing (and sometimes find myself NOT breathing). I then do one of the breathing exercises making the exhales audible. Amazing how relaxed my horses have become on shoeing day!

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) December 3, 2023 at 12:21 pm

Great work!

Ive typically needed to use a lot of energy to get a response from my young very pushy warmblood. I’ve been working on building a better connection with him. He seems less pushy and I’ve needed to use less energy. I wonder if we’ve been yelling at each other all this time and now we are learning how to talk.

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) December 24, 2023 at 12:17 pm

Probably the big thing with a pushy horse is your energy is never at sero when around them, so your voice gets lost. Better to start on the other side of a fence so you cabn be at zero.

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