Be like a Child with your Horse, Tess Delismerf
......I used to tell actors, to play a drunk, don’t play a drunk. Go and watch an 18 month old baby make its way across the room to grab its cup of juice. If you emulate that pure intention, you’ll get close. The sheer concentration, no forcing, no pretending, no “acting”, just an absolute desire to make it “over there”, with full focus and no other agenda. It’s like that with horses. The minute you try to be something you’re not, that isn’t based on a true way of being, that isn’t backed up by honest intent, the horse will know you’re being phoney. He won’t believe you because you don’t believe yourself.
So how do I do that? You may ask. Firstly, watch children in projected and personal play. Watch how they interact and imagine their game. Watch how they manipulate the character toys they play with. Watch the full state of belief. They are there in the moment. They are engrossed in the world. They are in a state of such zen flow that jaffa cakes is often the only thing that can break the game.