About Carolyn

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Carolyn Resnick's life with horses began in Indio, California in the 1940s. Riding alone in the desert as a child, she nurtured an intuitive bond with horses. In the beginning of what would become a lifelong passion for developing innovative horse training methods, created from her interactive studies with wild horses, Carolyn spent three summers of her childhood gradually becoming accepted into a community of wild horses, culminating her ability to ride a lead mare bareback and without a bridle, just from the bond that they shared. 

As a junior rider her interest led to training and showing in both English and Western divisions. Her desire to create a championship performance from the willing spirit of the horse led her on a unique quest to gain knowledge of natural wild horse behaviour and communication systems.

Carolyn’s formal introduction to the wider equine community began in the early 1970s from her ranch, Stonehenge Arabians/Dances With Horses, a successful training and Arabian breeding center in Sonoma, California in operation for 25 years.

From her studies of wild horses, Carolyn formulated her own system of relating to horses she named The Carolyn Resnick Method/The Waterhole Rituals. She subsequently toured the United States for several years, giving clinics and exhibitions on her method. Carolyn has an online school teaching her programs, as well Dances with Horses Training Center in Escondido, California. Carolyn  teaches her Method in partnership with Nancy Zintsmaster who owns and operates Dances With Horses training center in Arenal, Costa Rica.

Carolyn also serves on the advisory board of Return To Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary, in Lompoc, California, as an expert in wild horse behavior.

In 2005 Carolyn released her first book Naked Liberty, which was subtitled Memoirs of my childhood, Guided by passion, Educated by Wild Horses. The language of movement, communication and leadership through the ways of the horse. The book was printed in English, German and Italian.

What is the Carolyn Resnick Method

The Waterhole Rituals is a liberty horse training method. Liberty horse training is connecting with your horse without tack in a free open environment. One is focused on developing a working partnership with a horse though spontaneous,  harmonious interactions.

The relationship between horse and human is developed in the moments of harmony and unity.  One develops Horse Whispering skills in the In the practice of the Waterhole Rituals. The gift of being a horse whisperer is knowing how to build a partnership with a horse effortlessly, easily and naturally. 


The outcome is that both the horse and human share a sense of well being from the leadership the human provides to the horse . The highest form of leadership is knowing when to lead and when to follow to keep the connection alive and the relationship growing.

From the practice of the Waterhole Rituals a horse develops a desire for human leadership that will benefit any and all equestrians pursuits, from ground work to performance under saddle, and any form of interaction where cooperation, understanding and willingness is needed between horse and human. This is foundational work for anyone who is relating to horses. It is the first step.

The Waterhole Rituals are based upon social interactions in wild herds that bring about unity and harmony. These daily interactions consist of grazing rituals and sharing personal space. Thoroughly socialized herds follow a code of conduct that brings unity to the herd and a communication system where the herd shares a one minded consciousness. When a trainer upholds this code of conduct a horse will bond and naturally follow their lead.

There is much value and importance in following the horse's Code of Conduct when practicing the Waterhole Rituals. If you follow the code and keep the horse following the code it brings the partnership alive where the horse chooses to follow your lead.

It is important to find the Entry Point of Connection when you ask a horse to follow your lead. The Entry point of connection is the moment a horse feels a shared vibration in harmony with you. 

These two social interactions are the most valuable tools in communicating and in the training of horses.

The Waterhole Rituals teaches how to lead and how to connect with the nature of the horse to bring out trust, respect, and the wiligness of a horse.  Being able to communicate in this manner brings well-being to your soul and to the horses soul where you will discover your true nature.