About two years ago I started doing liberty training with my at the time 19 year old Andalusian gelding, Ilustre. Ilustre is an incredibly athletic and intelligent horse with a willingness that never fails. Ilustre’s past is riddled with various training and riding styles. Since I have had him I have worked to improve our friendship. Around two years ago after seeing a friend perform with her liberty horse I wanted to know more. It was such an intriguing and beautiful performance. After consulting with the liberty trainer extraordinaire, Laura Amandis, to understand the basics of how to begin, I started into liberty training with Ilustre. He took to it quickly and was very eager to please. The liberty training is a very long process and takes quite a bit of patience from a trainers standpoint. Since the training requires a lot of repetition and time, liberty work is a great opportunity to spend time with your horse. The more time that you can spend with your horse in a pleasant, calm environment, the closer you can become as a partnership. The connection between Ilustre and I has gone to a whole new level. Where he and I see each other on a deeper level than any other style of training or groundwork can reach. Once the first step of the training is engrained, the truth of liberty training is clear. Liberty training above all others creates a desire within your horse to be with you. To come to you, to circle around you, to dance with you. Liberty training allows the horse to move and express himself not only to those watching but most importantly to you. The beauty in liberty training is that it can not only create an amazing relationship with your horse but does it in a light and simple way. Using body language and cues taught to the horse instead of harsh treatment, gizmos and gadgets. Any horse and any rider can benefit from liberty training. It has been an essential building block for Ilustre and I. Since Ilustre, I have done liberty work with many other horses and they have all benefited enormously from it.
Interested in learning how to get started doing liberty work with your horse? Contact me! Have a story about you and your horse working together at liberty? I’d love to hear from you!