noun 1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse is ~ Tom Dorrance
Putting yourself in the horse’s place is not only the moral high ground, it also helps you see solutions you wouldn’t otherwise see, or help you understand how to explain it to the horse in their ‘language’. Its hard to imagine what it’s really like to be a horse – that constant state of anxiety and wondering if you are going to survive the next five minutes… But as humans, we have the ability to think in the abstract, to have empathy, to imagine what it might be like and that’s the ethos of Equine Empathy.
Most horses don’t have ‘horse’ problems – they have ‘people problems’, behaviours that we have instilled in error by not approaching a task from the horse’s point of view because we haven’t understood how the horse processes its environment and learns from its experience. Many problems that riders experience whilst “in the saddle” can be overcome by improving the partnership with their horse on the ground.
1. To professionalise polo by modernising the conception of the polo model & care of the horse
2. To improve the life and comfort of the polo pony through ergonomic tack and use of modern materials
3. To mentor a young aspiring professional polo player
Champions aren’t born. They’re made. ~ Author Unknown
4.. Apply the parallels of human fitness, nutrition and CrossFit training with those of the horse.
5. Use horsemanship and sports psychology to achieve peak competitive performance
6. Re-educate horse owners to see life from the horse’s perspective
Equine Empathy started in 2013 when the duo met through polo and began to see and do things differently both on and off the polo field. By having more understanding of the psychology of the horse, the processes by which a horse learns through the use of freedom as a reward it was easy to have more empathy and understanding of the horse. By working within roles with one person as the ‘pilot” and the other observing from the ground in a horseman’s role it was easy to resolve any potential issues.
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I have been riding since the age of 4 and have been around horses my whole life. I passed my BHS Riding and Stable management courses in 2001 with a view to looking at becoming an instructor but found that the BHS model contradicted with what I was learning at that time through German-based dressage… Continue reading …so much more than the BHS ever taught me!
Jason worked with me at Sussex Polo Club for three seasons. I was responsible for training and bringing on young and difficult horses and Jason was invaluable in starting the horses’ education from the ground. Jason would regularly lunge my horses, but more crucially, he instilled great confidence in the horses by working with them… Continue reading Jason instilled great confidence in my horses