Why bow?

Why Bow

”A critical facet of equine behavior is ”what resists persists”. Nowhere is this more obvious than in how a horse holds his head. When a horse understands and accepts a situation, his head drops and his neck flexes. He relaxes. But when a horse is anxious or resistant, his head lifts and neck stiffens. Because when a horse is unwilling or confused, he feels the need to flee. By raising his head, the horse is initiating the first phase of preparing to leave. Relaxation of the poll is the cornerstone for developing a horse that is soft, pliable and calmly collected under saddle.  We can’t cut corners when it comes to encouraging our horse to flex properly at the poll. A wise trainer begins to incorporate this relaxed posture into everything a horse learns, because a stress-free horse is the best learner.”  

Well said words by cowboy and horse trainer Allan J. Hamilton.

Photo from The-Equestrian.net of Linnea Aarflot working with Baltazar in Sweden.

Linnea Aarflot is a holistic horse trainer, artist and founder of The-Equestrian.net. Born in a creative family with lots of love for nature, she developed her talent for art at an early age, which she applied on her passion for horses. Already as a young girl her work on horses got tough stallions to calm down and weak horses to grow strong. She educated her first horse Mick to the highest level in dressage and healed him from a brain tumor. Linnea is specialized in holistic natural horsemanship and she has worked with a range of horses from Grand Prix dressage stallions, military horses, young western colts and wild horses. She has also helped a numerous amount of equipage to get a closer relationship. Today Linnea is the head of riding at the New York Equestrian Center and the Creative Director at The-Equestrian.net, while she rides horses from Sweden to Montauk, New York, Italy, Florida and California, spreading her deep love and understanding of the equestrian life, language of horses and wisdom in nature.