Teaching a young Horseman.
Feeling a little better this morning but still not at the top of my game.
Will be working on my website sense I have this bit of down time. I want to get it so I can post some short videos on how to tie knots and short stuff like that, so keep checking back to see if I get it done.
Sense I have not been able to get out with the horses the past couple of days I have been checking the internet for interesting information on horses and horse training. I still see lots of people that call themselves horse whispers or natural horseman.
Both of these terms trouble me a bit. I understand why some folks who are watching from a distance may call someone who is good with a horse a horse whisper. Most really good and those who I would call great, work with their horses without saying a word to them. So, folk watching may confuse that with whispering.
Natural Horsemanship, or the term is so miss leading that I don’t even like to type the phrase. I think that most of you would agree that once you put anything on a horse, a halter, saddle pad not to mention a bridle or saddle, it is no longer natural for the horse. Now I understand why they use the phrase. Just like in the music world. When I use to play out a lot of folks would ask me, what kind of music I played. I never understood that question either. To me there are two kinds of music, good music and bad music. But, that’s not what they wanted to hear. They want to put what you do in a box they understand like, rock, country, bluegrass etc.
The same thing has happened in the horse-training world. Folks are looking for a place to put what you do, in a box so to speak, so they can understand it. To me there are only two kinds of horseman. Good ones and not so good ones.
So when people ask me what I do with horses I say: I help people with horses and horses with people. Most folks don’t understand what is happening with their horse as I am training him. They just want a safe horse they can ride on the trail and a horse that will bring them home safe. I call folks that can do that a horseman, and it’s that kind of horsemanship I practice, practical horsemanship. Let’s talk about that tomorrow.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.