It sounded like you stand there and wait for your horse to do a piaffe and give him a cookie- well we know that isn't happening.
Yet strangely, that actually did happen to me and I think to some other's here as well like Barbara for instance
But the thing is, I do not wait for piaffe, I just wait for our horses to present to us what they want to do
And I think one can never pressure someone into that, can one?
For me, it is not about what we want, it is about what our horses want.
It is not about what we want or horses do to, it is about what or horses are able to do and like to do.
Obedience in relationship to dressage is totally irrelevant to me and not of interest to me, for this can stand in the way of what is really going on in the horse's mind, to my experience, and THAT is what fascinates me endless.
I do not believe in dominance over a horse. They let them being dominanted because of their gentle herbivor nature, for if they want to, they can dominate a human every time, or do you think not?
Now, leadership I personally do not search after even. And I believe that AND is not the sort of 'programm that will get you leadership in ten steps or so' . But it will help you in terms of communication with your horses and isn't that worth so much in every aspect with horses?
That the horses that live with me decided to give me leadership because over the years, I have proven to make decissions which benefit them if they go a long... or that following me means that something fun or beneficial is coming up... well, that's an other thing.
I think AND might have had something to do with that as well
I believe in democratie. That always seems to work better then dominance and dictatorship, does it not?
So if you are a democrat... you can not take leadership... you have to be chosen to receive it.
To sum it up: leadership you receive because of your actions, dominance you take with certain actions.
Hope that clears it up.
Warm greetings to all from Josepha who is having a fever.And edited because of poor writing. therefore I resign today for still not being well and myself. Excuse me, Josepha