The Art of Liberty Training for Horses
Attain New Levels of Leadership, Unity, Feel, Engagement, and Purpose in All That You Do with Your Horse
True liberty, says Jonathan Field, is much more than simply removing equipment and stepping outside the pen or arena; it is moving with your horse, communicating only with intention, and creating a seamless, smooth, and rhythmic dance.
'When you do liberty right, you become one with the herd,' he writes, 'and not only do you develop an amazing connection with your horse, but it's one of the most fun things you'll ever do.'
Developing communication skills and your relationship with your horse through liberty benefits all that you do, whether on the ground or in the saddle, whether competing or riding for pleasure. Quick responses to subtle clues, clear aids, and a relaxed attentive horse: these are the keys to liberty, and they are also objectives when you ride, drive, or interact with the horse on the ground.
With Jonathan Field's step-by-step liberty training method, you learn to have a better 'feel, to reward the horse sooner and to time your aids just right to ensure you get the response you want. Plus, discover how to approach things from the horse's perspective - an important key to getting a horse to act because he wants to, rather than because he has to.
Fabulously illustrated with hundreds of action-packed photographs taken on Field's spectacular ranch in British Columbia, this book can change the way we are with horses - and change the way horses are around us.
'The horsemanship journey doesn't end with liberty,' writes Field, 'it's just the beginning of the journey.'
Reviews for The Art of Liberty Training for Horses
Horseman Jonathan Field may be most often seen in a cowboy hat, but he is great over fences – he even has a DVD series he developed with George Morris! Here he shares the story of one troubled horse and how the liberty training techniques he’s famous for helped them find a way forward.
In a word, beautiful … Easy to read and understand and includes fascinating personal stories as well. Highly recommended.
Northwest Horse Source
If you re interested in learning how to become a better horse person, this book will teach and inspire you.
Canadian Horse Journal