Patrick Allori Horseman
The way of training horses that many of us have been tought, is different from the way the plains indians do. Not just in technical way and the way you can see with your eyes, but in the way they respect and love the horse. Respect for the nature and the life.
The plains indians believe that in order to ask the horse to make a sacrifice for us humans, we must first earn the leadership. With the leadership we need to understand that we have a great responsibility for the horse.
The responsibility means to take care of the horse. To take care of the horse mind and body. To keep the horse relaxed at work, healthy and give him a natural life when we are not there, and so on.
So, to be a leader means to take care, not dominate. It means to be trusted, not feared.
To become a leader for the horse, we need to make sacrifices. We need to find knowledge about the horse; communication, biomechanic motion, health and technique for the way you want to ride. But most important, we need to find ourselfs and the balance making it possible to help the horse. Because, if you do not find the way to lead yourself, the information you give during the time spent with the horse, will be tainted with your unbalanced emotions.
If we listen, if we want to learn, if we want to do the best we can, all for the horse, the horse will sacrifice everything for us.
The first contact with the horse is established in the roundpen, where the communication is made with energy and body position, with as little physical contact as possible. First you have to find your own emotional balance. Then you are able to help your horse relax in body and mind, move wellbalanced, keep the tempo and cadence asked for and be perceptive for the following work. Our balanced energy in contact with the horse`s natural energy is what the plains indians call spiritual connection.
The following work is the technical work. It is importent for all horses to work in the right position, with relaxed mouth and cervical and good connection between backside and frontside for being able to perform in the best way and stay happy and healthy, no matter what discipline they are in or for what purpose they are kept.
Particular attention is also put on the studies of every specifical equine discipline and the material choosen for those goals.
Patrick was a western rider on elite level, training together with Bob Loomis and Francoise Gautier, compeeting in reining for many years in Italy and USA.
He left the competition world mainly for ethic reasons and began to help people that had a hard time understanding and handling their horses.
Soon he realised what a huge problem this was, not only for amateurs, a lot of proffessional people too were lost in their connection and comportament with the horses.
Now Patrick is travelling in Europe and teaching about the horse code language and the ethical training. The importence of a sound and relaxed horse is something he never stops to mention.
Impressed by masters like Nuno Oliveira, Patrick has been studying his philosophy and was happy to see he did not believe in methods either. Training of a horse is art.
The participants in the clinics are from all kind of different disciplines and backgrounds; western, dressage, jumping, islandic, indurance ... beginners and proffessionals, all are welcome.
No method, all horses are individuals. To feel the horse is the first step on the road of communication and training.
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