Wellness with Horses

The Equestrian Limbo


We all know the limbo. How low can you go?

I’ve been thinking of a different kind of limbo, lately…

How light can you go?

Lightness means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some may not even have the word in their vocabulary. Some may have the vocabulary down pat, and then you watch them in action and wonder where that word fits into the picture in front of you.

Try something for me:

Imagine you’re riding your horse. You’re riding through a field in perfect harmony. You do a side pass across the field… you come down to a collected trot… you go into a slow, rhythmic canter… now, use your own imagination.

How light can you go? What does real lightness feel like, in your head? Can you get lighter? Now lighter? How many notches down can you imagine that equestrian limbo pole?

What does it take to enable that lightness? What does your body have to feel like? What does your mind have to feel like? What does it feel like to be you, to be that light with your horse? What does your horse feel like?

I could tell you what that feels like to me, or what I picture, but that probably wouldn’t be helpful to you at all. I’m not you. I don’t know what it’s like to live in your body, or your imagining of what you would ideally feel like in your body, or what your horse would ideally feel like in his body, or what it would feel like when the two of you ideally came together in your two ideal bodies.

Just for yourself, and for your horse, just dream a little bit for a while. Just imagine.

After all, you need to know where you might be able to go before you can ever know how to head in that direction.

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