What if everything you had been taught about liberty horse training was a lie?
I dreamed of playing with my horses at liberty - open spaces, on the beach, and more.
For years I tried and for years I failed.
I was a successful horse trainer and competitor… I could even ride my horse bridleless. But liberty was out of my grasp - I could do the basics and get my horse to follow me. The hard part was open spaces, grass as a distraction, or liberty circles and canter.
I spent years learning from “the best of the best."
I still didn’t accomplish my liberty goals, and what’s worse is I felt like I made things worse.
I knew I had to change something - this wasn’t working.
I decided to drop everything I thought I knew about liberty training and try my own Liberty restart. Experiment with taking away the tools and confinement. I called it the OTTB Liberty Restart.
I picked up Wally, a recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse.
When I met him for the first time he was everything I didn’t want in my first liberty restart project - he was full of the zoomies, he was dominant and backing his butt up to other horses in stalls threatening to kick them, and seemed very mouthy and bitey. You can watch the first time I met Wally here
I didn’t know what to expect. We used my large arena and literally no whips, no halter, no ropes, and not even a neck rope.
The main goal of this opportunity was to learn more about myself, my horse, and the language that connects us.
By session 15 we could ride walk/trot figure 8 patterns, rode inside/outside, and offsite. It truly was remarkable.
Since then I have been testing the Harmony at Liberty technique on many different types of horses and over 200 students - the results have been incredible.