The Divine Mirror

Have you considered the Divine Mirror?

We as horsemen and women must learn how to capture the mind, influence the instincts and work with their God given traits in order to develop a calm, collected, and domesticated horse.

The objective is to keep the horse processing as a herd animal when ever you work together. My intent is to always work in a quiet, consistent fashion around and with my horses so I can develop herd value.  This puts me in the herd as a trusted and valuable entity.

I use an organized process of intent to communicate with a horse.  Remember a horse’s senses and awareness are much more acute then ours, thus our encounters with the horse many times are interpreted as an assault rather than what we intended it to be.  The horse senses our energy and simply processes it as aggressive, predator or valued herd energy.  The horse doesn’t see the big picture like we do.  We think in terms of what we want the horse to do rather then how do we create a partnership by making our idea the horse’s idea.

To be truly successful in your dealings with a horse you must consider the horse. This is done with intent and intent is energy processed.  A clear mind works best.  If you come into the horse’s awareness space with a nervous, mad or frustrated energy he will mirror your emotions.  Your horse will will be your divine mirror.

The idea of conceptualizing our thoughts and behavior in terms of their energetic content may seem a bit strange at first.  Once we start understanding the reactions of the horse are directly linked to our energy levels and our intent, then we can recreate our relationship with the horse through a language that he understands.Toby and Michaella Walker

In my training, every intention is focused, executed, and released.  I move from one intention to the next as I extend my dominate frequency as the Alpha horse.  This is how I motivate the horse, with a language the horse understands and trusts. I stay consistent as I work with the horse’s natural responses to build trust and respect.

I use these methods to get true collection.  I teach the horse to be collected from the rear forward by using a series of exercises that include lateral flexion, backing in a rounded, supple manner, and Top Line Yoga.  I concentrate on moving the horse in a balanced and rounded manner in order to achieve true collection on the ground.  This translates into the saddle naturally since the horse already has the muscle memory ingrained in him.

If you would like to master the art of using the Divine Mirror to fully communicate with YOUR horse,
Contact me and let’s talk

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Sometimes I realize the value of being a coach when I have a clinic like the one with RED HAT AND PURPLE CHAPS lady’s.  These lady’s have a true love for their horses and the  diligence to to carry through a learning process that isn’t always easy.  I was truly amazed at their rate of picking up the feel.   Their horses responded with ease and comfort.  The relationship between horse and human started having reason, purpose and consistancy.  Combining a feel the horse understands with the focus on influencing the feet, made so much sense to each riders horse,  they were all riding in halters and effectively exicuting the one hand stop before we broke for lunch the first day.

Kelly Ankney, the Equine Energy clinician and founder of Equine Energies, gave us a very understandable and easy to use lesson on TOP LINE YOGA.  Kelly and I have worked closely together for a few years now creating a ride check and energy balance technique that can be executed by a rider with his or her horse, with in fifteen minutes, before mounting.  This ALPHA MARE TECHNIQUE NOT ONLY PUTS YOU IN THE LEADERSHIP STATUS WITH YOUR HORSE, BUT ALSO EFFECTIVELY ESTABLISHES HERD VALUE.  Which is, an essential key to the human horse  partnership.

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Horse and Riders in the Arizon, ‘Get a Better Gait Clinic’ made amazing progress. Each rider gained the tools it takes to get their horses to gait and keep them gaiting.   With in two days everyone was riding all four corners and found the right gears to slow their steeds and keep them comfortable in a smooth working gait.

Congratulation to all of you that attended the Get a Better Gait Clinic.   If you need any continuous help with  your horses or finding a good working gait that supports and builds muscel memory, please don’t hesitate to communicate through HORSE TALK.  This is a great way for you to keep learning and share you successes with others.

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The horse that has been started without feel might have bad habits.  It’s those bad habits that steer your approach in order to teach a horse about feel.  Now the Colt is coming with herd knowledge.  The trust has not been broken so the chances of gaining a feel for humans is a little easier.  Every horse is different, so every application is different.  It’s what fits best according to your know how, so you must work from there.

Now, one might ask what does feel have to do with anything?  Feel is the way humans and horses communicate.  We don’t have a verbal language nor is our body language something they can understand the complexity of.  We speak to horses through repetition and operent conditioning.  Feel is knowing when to ask , when to give, and how to ask and how to give.

This is a clinical way of putting it but it just might help some people understand.  Operant conditioning, sometimes called instrumental learning, was first extensively studied by Edward L. Thorndike (1874–1949), who observed the behavior of cats trying to escape from home-made puzzle boxes.[7] When first constrained in the boxes, the cats took a long time to escape. With experience, ineffective responses occurred less frequently and successful responses occurred more frequently, enabling the cats to escape in less time over successive trials. In his law of effect, Thorndike theorized that successful responses, those producing satisfying consequences, were “stamped in” by the experience and thus occurred more frequently. Unsuccessful responses, those producing annoying consequences, were stamped out and subsequently occurred less frequently.

In short, some consequences strengthened  behavior and some consequences weakened behavior.  You as the horse owner must decide what behavior you want to strengthen and what behavior you wish to diminish.  It’s simple, make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult.  Keeping it simple and staying on track ‘One Dot at a Time’,  is all that is needed to weed out the bad behavior and support and encourage the good behavior.  Thorndike produced the first known learning curves through this procedure.  As one gets better at teaching the horse the feel the more successful the partnership will become between horse and human.

You might have to do things a bit different with each horse.   Sometimes going softer and slower may help with re-starting a horse.  One thing that is important, is to work with what you know, and let the horse get a feel for you, ‘One Dot at a time’.

There are five important elements to horse human communication.  All are essential to use in any situation.  The degree of accuracy will determine your success.  Follow good horsemanship practices and you will be able to whisper to your horse.

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Question: Where to affix the reins on the PBB (Perfectly Bitless Bridle)

So I attached mine “behind” the leather bar, so if under saddle I leaned over and peeked, I would see my rein and then the snap to the rein, then I would see it on the round ring and then next to that the leather bar that goes under the chin.

Rhonda connected hers closer to the horse’s mouth and not under the chin like I did.

Which way?  Where should we be attaching the reins on the “O” ring I think is the question.
We are total sticklers for detail!

Ann E. Bastin


Answer to the Question:

Details are good.  The PBB is designed for both uses and more.  (I’ll get to the more at the clinic.)

For Rhonda she is using it as a SIDE PULL.  Good if your horse needs more lateral work or is young and just getting started.  It works  more like a

Perfectly Bitless bridle Rein placement

Place The Reins According to the Horses Needs

SNAFFLE in that position.  This will be good for Rhonda because she needs to work laterally with her horse.  She needs to be using a lot of lateral transitions in order to slow “Cash” down and build a RESPONSIVE FOUNDATION.

Ann, the way you have yours attached at the bottom, allows a rider to take a horse that is well broke (IN THE BRIDLE),  that already understands pressure and is giving naturally when driving the energy from the HIND QUARTERS  up into the BRIDLE with ease, which is called collection.

This under position, or what I call STRAIGHT UP, will achieve more with your horse if you have Blue Moon SOFT IN THE FACE, working off all four corners.  Blue Moon is not well broke yet, but is on his way.

With that being said, you still need to start with Blue Moon at the bottom and we will work on getting both of you softer and more effective.  I can’t wait to work with you on this at the clinic.  You will learn how to make a soft horse, you can collect from the rear forward without pulling all the time.  Your horse will become much more giving in the PBB (Perfectly Bitless Bridle).  I think you are already realizing that.

The answer is, you are both right and using it correctly….HURRAY!

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How do we become the Alpha Mare?

The real question is: can you think as much like your horse as you want your horse to think like you?  

Every year there are a large amount of people that get on their horse in spring, without the proper preparation, get hurt and loose their confidence.

This doesn’t need to happen.

All winter, every horse owner can take the time to work on three essential elements to keep their horse or horses reminded of who’s the Leader in the herd.  Use these most effective ‘Tools of Persuasion’


The herd can be just you and your horse, or it can be you and three or five horses. The most important element is that you keep your Alpha Mare Status in place ‘Always’, with each and every horse.  
This is accomplished through ground work that “Influences the Feet”.  More then anything the feet need to be influence to make the most profound effect on the horses mind.  Work from the Ground up and into the saddle.  By influencing the feet you can impress the mind, readying your horse to be a respectful partner whether your on the ground or in the saddle.


Create “Herd Value”.  Find the ‘Feel Good’ spots on your horse.  Touch and rub where the horse can’t.  There are many places, on a horses body, that can be extremely effective including the ear, nose and mouth.  All the Orifices must be supple and allowing touch before you have established enough trust to be your horses ‘Alpha Mare’.

Third Element:

Establish “In the Mind” Attention.   When you achieve this horse to human mental connection, is when you will notice the amazing change in your horse’s demeanor.  You will know when you have this vital element by the way your horse stays relaxed and doesn’t get raddled or alert about out side influences.  This is TRUST, and with the establishment of trust comes a relaxed mode for horse and human.  It’s this unconditional trust that your horse has in the Alpha Mare that creates a solid riding horse.  No matter if your on the ground or in the saddle they will trust you to let them know when to be on the alert or stay calm and collected.  Be confident and calm your horse will stay confident and calm.  Establish this on the ground and in the saddle.

Become your horses Alpha Mare and stay confident that you’ve got the reins and they are connected to your horses mind, not just the mouth.

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