How I Started with Images of Energy

When I first started experimenting with images of energy, I went through a progression in my imagery.

  • I started with an image of a broomstick between my belly button and the horse. I would think of pushing on the horse with the broomstick.
  • As I progressed, I replaced the image of the broomstick with an image of streams of energy that I would turn on and off. I would send these streams of energy out in a straight line to push on the horse, and I would turn them off when the horse responded.
  • Later, I thought in terms of using energy in circles. I would imagine attaching an energy string to the horse, draw that energy string in through my center, and send it back out to the horse.

Let me illustrate this progression using the ground work exercise where you send the horse around you and change directions. Chapter one of Marty Martin’s book Problem Solving published by Western Horseman has the best explanation of how to do this exercise I’ve seen in print.

Here is an illustration from page 19 of Marty’s book:

Diagram of leading a horse past you and changing directions.
Broomstick

In my initial experimentation, I would visualize having a broomstick between my belly button and where the girth would be if the horse was wearing a saddle. I would think of pushing the horse around the circle in front of me with this broomstick. When I was ready to start a change of directions, I would visualize having the broomstick between my belly button and the horse’s hip. I would think of pushing the horse’s hip away from me with the broomstick. As the horse started to bring its front end across, I would visualize having the broomstick between my belly button and the horse’s shoulder—the one the horse was moving away from. I would think of pushing the horse’s shoulder away from me with the broomstick.

Energy Stream

As I progressed, instead of visualizing a broomstick, I would visualize turning streams of energy on and off. I would start by sending a stream of energy from my center to where the girth would be if the horse were wearing a saddle. I would think of pushing the horse around the circle in front of me with this stream of energy. When I was ready to start a change of directions, I would turn that stream of energy off and send a new stream of energy from my center to the horse’s hip. I would think of pushing the horse’s hip away from me with this stream of energy. When the horse moved its hip over, I would turn off that stream of energy. As the horse started to bring its front end across, I would send a new stream of energy from my center to the horse’s shoulder. I would think of pushing the horse’s shoulder away from me with that stream of energy. When the horse’s front feet were all the way around to the new circle, I would turn off that stream of energy.

Circle of Energy

When I started thinking in terms of using energy in circles, the change of directions I was getting from the horse improved immensely. I would start the change of directions by attaching an energy string to the horse’s nose, and drawing that energy string into my center. This helped the horse bend correctly for turning on the forehand. I would send that energy string back out to the horse and bounce it off the horse’s hip. This would move the horse’s hip away from me. I would have the energy string continue around the back side of the horse and bounce it off the horse’s shoulder—the one the horse was moving away from. The energy string would get to the shoulder in time to help the horse shift its weight back for a turn on the haunches, and continue aiding the horse in bringing the front end across all the way until the front feet were on the new circle.

With the energy string aiding in getting the proper bend in the horse, and shifting the weight to free up the front feet. I could be very light with the lead rope, and have a better result.

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