Horsemanship and what it means to me.
Horsemanship was born out of a desire to help humans to communicate with horses. There’s no science degree attached to the skills needed to become good with horses and I would go as far to say it’s not an Olympic discipline but it’s a foundation discipline.
Today’s horsemanship is about reinterpreting knowledge that’s been around for centuries and adapting it to modern day circumstances and eventually using it at your chosen discipline.
Being able to interpret horse’s actions and reactions enables us to understand how the horse behaves. It’s essential to bare in mind that everything a horse does is dictated by its nature. It is untrue and unfair to say that a horse acts against its rider, its simply acting according to its nature when it has not understood what is being asked from its human.
The horse has evolved over millions of years simply through the ability to defend itself against yesterday year predators like the lion and tiger. Today’s predator, the human, is trying to develop a partnership which isn’t a natural one to the horse, and therefore the communication between horse and human needs to be presented in a way in which the horse understands, and it makes sense to them. Once this understanding has been developed (set of guiding principals), anything can be achieved with your horse.
“You create your own universe as you go along.” W. Churchhill