Finally, through a lovely friend, I found out about Jenny, so I join her workshops. She taught me about breathing and “top to toe” techniques, which was like a magic wand for my relaxation! I also went through her books and videos.
My confidence improved which made for a good new start. After visiting Jenny I started to work with my horse who had some confidence problems as he was a lazy sort of horse, but in a split second he could leap across the diagonal of the arena unseating his rider on the way.
I worked with him from the ground and under the saddle using breathing techniques and teaching him how to relax. He was releasing tension, even when something happened which was super skin peeling scary. The first days I was stressed even when driving to see my horse as I still had my confidence problem that I was seriously not good enough.
We started from working at liberty where he could express himself and we could also go together to the scary corner. Even in hand he was a bit scary as he could simply jump in panic towards you so it took a huge amount of trust between us. The ridden work we did step by step, getting closer and closer to scary places later on adding some more scary stuff on the arena like balloons, shiny foils or even an umbrella!
It was a really interesting journey for both of us. We had to trust each other and forgive our mistakes. After two months he became a great and confident partner without even thinking of any silly ideas to jump. Nobody could believe that this was the same horse.