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….
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”…
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….
Many riders become frustrated when they want the horse to do something and he doesn’t do it or does it in a way that they didn’t ask for. Frustration, to my way of thinking, is unsuccessfully trying to do something that one thinks one knows how to do, but, in reality, one don’t know how to do, and one don’t want to take the time or expend the effort to learn how to do it correctly so one can do it successfully….