“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” ~ Nikola Tesla
Whether you’re looking for a new horse or just lucky enough for the opportunity to ride many different horses it is important for a rider to gauge the “frequency” or energy level of the horse to be ridden. People with a lot of experience or particularly good feel do this, on a subconscious level, by sensing tension in the horse’s body and observing body language and facial expressions that indicate the horse’s reaction to the rider or environment. A misjudgment of the frequency can not only make for a bad ride but can be dangerous to the horse and rider as well.
Like the horse, a rider carries an innate level of energy. A particularly fearful, or frenetic rider carries what I would describe as a high frequency. This type of rider generally does well on a lazier, or low frequency horse. With little effort the lazy horse moves more forward when paired with the high frequency rider. This same rider on a high frequency or hot blooded horse causes chaos and runs the risk of being out of control.
Similarly the low frequency rider, one that is not easily rattled and carries themselves with a sense of calm, is best suited for the high frequency horse. The pairing of the low frequency rider on a low frequency horse generally makes for a painfully sluggish and boring ride. This rider lends a calming effect to the high frequency horse, pulling the frequency down to a ridable level. To be able to successfully ride all types of horses a rider must be able to control and alter their own frequency level.
Like most exercises, learning to alter your energy level begins in a contrived fashion; however, with time and practice this becomes second nature. Using imagery and breathing techniques common to meditation, practice exhaling tension out of your body and relaxing your muscles consciously when your horse’s energy level rises, even if you are mentally anxious. Expect that when you exaggerate your relaxation it will pull the frequency level of your horse down, closer to a level where communication can continue. If your horse is lazy, a low frequency type, imagine an electric current vibrating through your body and mentally increase the voltage until you notice your horse reacting to your aids more promptly.
Whether it is learned or inherent in a rider, a relative gauge of frequency is necessary for effective communication to be achieved. Understand the frequency and master controlling it and you will positively increase the level of communication you share with your horse. Better communication between you and your horse causes good vibrations. Ohm…..