If I were to ask you what first comes to mind when you think of “applying the aids”, chances are you would jump immediately to the physical; to how it is you organize your body and what prompts you apply in tangible terms to influence the direction, position or energy of your horse. Thinking of aids only in these terms, however, limits us; it prevents us from transcending a line of communication that begins at the most subtle level, and for any physical manifestations to arise from that place.
The application of the aids does not begin with the physical; it begins with thought and intention. Developing an awareness of and stepping into the practice of fine-tuning your intention opens a world of potential that maximizes you and your horse’s creative possibilities, which is exactly what we are talking about in this episode.
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