Published May 20, 2014
Caroline Rider of Rider Horsemanship is internationally known for her intuitive, heart-felt and clear approach to horsemanship. She focuses on the depth of the relationship that is achievable between horse and rider. Rider Horsemanship is a Equine Performance & Behavior Training Center that focuses on foundation training, equine behavior, performance, healing and recovery. Caroline’s main goal during her trainings is fostering the mind-body connection while creating clear and subtle pathways to communication and harmony. Her approach to horsemanship combines three core disciplines: the Art of Horsemanship, Classical Dressage and Taoism; way of living consciously and in balance and harmony. Her approaches integrate and synchronize mind, body and soul energetically and spiritually, bringing much ease, unity, well-being and harmony between horse and rider. Caroline achieves this through her knowledge and experience with meditation and chakra work.
Each Chakra in your body is like a solid ball of energy interpenetrating the physical body, in the same way that a magnetic field can interpenetrate the physical body. Although the chakras are not physical, they are aspects of consciousness. Chakras interact with the physical body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system and the nervous system. Each of the seven chakras is associated with one of the seven endocrine glands and also with a particular group of nerves called a plexus. Thus, each chakra can be associated with particular parts of the body and particular functions within the body controlled by that plexus or that endocrine gland associated with that chakra.
All species, including the horse, have a chakra system. Horses, and animals, have 8 major chakras. Alongside the seven Major chakras that animals share with humans (Crown, Third Eye, Throat, Heart, Solar Plexus, Sacral and Root), there is another Major chakra, which is unique to animals. It is called the Brachial or Key Chakra. This chakra is located between the shoulders, below the neck and above the scapula. Rider Horsemanship’s work with horses includes this chakra as it relates to the horse’s soul. The soul of the horse is found within this area and is the center for horse-human connection, bonding and healing. Most horses are reluctant to give of themselves and it shows up in their inability to come in and stand next to you, leaning slightly in and sharing space and heartfelt energy from this area.
The round pen, and lunging, exercises that Caroline has developed, help facilitate this level of connection, openness and desire for relationship that can be shared between horse and human. Caroline’s work with both horses and people can help assist with Identifying Chakra points, pathways and energies, bringing awareness to imbalances. They also develop deeper conscious living by awakening the soul, releasing unwanted feelings and emotions that are trapped and causing emotional, mental and physical pain. Caroline can also help you to develop the clear intention and ways of being that assist in nurturing and maintaining inner balance, ease and well being.
We would like to thank Caroline for her hospitality and information that she shared with us. She clearly has opened up a whole new world of understanding between us as horsemen and our equines.