Let's look at the Waterhole Rituals from the perspective of the leadership we bring to a horse as it relates to the vibrations we are feeling in the moment.
To be a leader that a horse could trust, one needs to feel a sense of well being. This helps with the vibrations you share with a horse. Having the right vibrations changes the result of whether a horse would follow your lead or not. Horses are a good judge of who to follow and who not to. This is why I emphasize vibrational development before focusing on leadership. For a horse to trust in your leadership, a strong bond needs to be present at the moment with plenty of Sharing Territory regularly to keep the bond growing.
When you are nourished from the companionship of Sharing Territory with your horse, they see that you care for their wellbeing, and in those moments, you have an opportunity to lead once the bond is strong. This is how you build trust so the horse will accept your leadership without forcing him to do so.
Leadership is a tricky thing and takes practice. The focus of the Waterhole Rituals is to develop Masterful Leadership skills. If a person is too focused on gaining leadership before that bond is established, I have often found the student won't later take the time to develop this vibrational connection from Sharing Territory.
Masterful Leadership comes from knowing when to lead, when to follow, when to pause, and when to act, to build a perfect team in a one-minded connection with a horse.Staying focused on watching for these opportunities will develop Masterful Leadership.