AXIOMS TO GUIDE YOU IN YOUR JOURNEY TOWARD ACHIEVING HARMONY WITH THE HORSE
Riding is not supposed to be a ‘fighting’ activity between horse and rider, but many times it is or becomes one. Riding is supposed to be an activity of cooperation and tact, but, in most cases, it is not. It is well to remember that the horse is an independent, living, emotional, decision-making, caring being with species-specific behaviors and needs….
The history of horsemanship is not a smooth, steady linear progression. It is rather an evolutionary, migratory, exploratory, and experimental state of affairs. And, like anything else, it has its regression periods as well as its progression periods. The regression times are highlighted by people generally having too much to do in a compressed period of time, being prisoners of technology, trying to ‘grab the brass ring’ by living 7/24/365, which the human body is not designed to do, with little time for serious deep reading and reflection….
What we all are trying to make, I think and hope, is a more balanced, obedient, and willing horse and also to affect him psychologically to where he is more willing to take instruction and follow directions or, at least, be “willing to allow himself to be trained”…
Have you ever been frustrated when trying to have a conversation with someone who did not speak the same language as you did or tried to converse with someone in their language using only a few words of that language that you learned a long time ago?