noun 1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Many problems that riders experience whilst in the saddle can be overcome by improving the partnership with their horse on the ground.
If you have a problem, go back to the ground”
~ Memo Gracida
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’. It’s 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.
Champions aren’t born. They are made”
~ Author Unknown
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.
We want to improve the life of any horse, whatever ‘job’ it has, whether its polo, show jumping, dressage or a hacking companion. Using our methods you are still able to help stimulate horses whose ‘working’ life or ability to be ‘ridden under saddle’ have drawn to a natural conclusion.
Feel what the horse is feeling and operate from where the horse is”
~ Tom Dorrance
Equine Empathy started in 2013 when we 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.
Jason has been around horses for over 20 years and, convinced that there was a better, kinder way of doing things, he has been studying natural horsemanship for 12 years and been involved in polo for six years.
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!
A lot of patience without forcing the animal, giving the horse the time to think, Hola Soy Tucho Muñoz de Argentina y domo caballos y juego polo Fui a Inglaterra la semana pasada y hice una visita al Jasón quien entrena caballos para distinta competencia. Vimos el trabajo q hace , como tanto enseñar al caballo… Continue reading Respect between horse and man
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