Greetings to all horse lovers, learn-a-holics, and outside-of-the-box thinkers!
Ever had that empty, lost feeling when you looked out at your horses? Ever wanted to start a program but never really ‘got into it’ or felt like your training timeline was going on and on with no end in sight? Well have no fear! There is hope in sight – right at your very finger tips.
Simply Together. Horsemanship. is a forum for the simplest, most effective, most natural way of being with horses; something we like to call Relationship Based Horsemanship
I’ve heard so many successful horsemen say that they’ve given up trying to be natural with their horses because “nothing we do with horses is very natural for them anyway”. They are right. What humans generally use horses for, and try to get horses to do for them, is not natural at all. Putting a rope on their head and then getting them to run circles at the end of that rope IS NOT NATURAL. Putting metal in their mouths to ride IS NOT NATURAL. Creating our own herds by buying different horses and throwing them together in a confined environment IS NOT NATURAL. Does this mean that we’ll stop doing all of this? No. We who believe that we are being completely ‘natural’ with our horses are deceiving ourselves. Horses are extremely tolerant and able to adapt to hardships – they can easily accept nagging, pushing, pulling, and artificial aids and actually remain somewhat happy – so looking at this from a humane standpoint, using ‘un-natural’ methods is okay and actually can be quite effective.
What if you could do everything you’ve dreamed of doing with horses just by learning to master your own body? What if you wouldn’t have to use pressure and release to get what you want out of your horse? What if your horse wouldn’t need to be persuaded and coerced into doing what you need him to do because he genuinely wants to follow you?
This is what I believe is possible by going back to the original, unadulterated communication system between horses and humans; a communication system that doesn’t take ropes, bits, sticks, or wits; a language that is based in relationship and leadership and a natural hierarchy. It sounds dreamy and impossible, and yet I’ve found that it is actually WAY MORE EFFECTIVE than trying to prove my dominance through expert use of tools and punishment. Through this form of communication, a horse will be able to endure our man-made environment with trust and dignity. Instead of getting ‘trained’ to have the responses that you want, the horse will begin to naturally display the behaviour you desire because you are now his biggest example.
Now doesn’t that sound easy? Doesn’t that just make you want to go out and live your dream? When you begin to follow this way of being with horses, the results you will reap are going to be above and beyond what most get with years of practice. You will get results immediately; not tomorrow, not next week, not next year. Immediately. You will finally be able to trust your horse, because his control and mental frame relies on your control and mental frame. No more ‘My horse had a bad day!’
This is just the beginning of what we’ll explore in this blog. I hope to post at least once a week, so stay tuned.
Find yourself a blanket, a cup of tea, and relax into the liberation of true horsemanship!