I thought that this morning I would talk about a different approach to horsemanship. You notice I didn't say a "New approach"? That's because I don't think that there is anything really NEW in the world of horsemanship. True there are always new bit, saddle pads, saddles, all kinds of tack, but really nothing new when it comes to horsemanship. And yes that's true, we have phrases like, natural horsemanship, America's horsemanship, but there is nothing new about what they are talking about. As a matter of fact, what they are teaching is so old that people for a few hundred years forgot about it and now is just sounds new.
Trainers, clinicians and the like are trying to set themselves apart from one another, I'm trying to do the same thing, but not by telling you I have a new idea or approach to horsemanship. I have been to a clinic or two in my life and what I have found, and probably you too, is that they all pretty much are teaching the same thing, it's the way that they explain it, or don't explain it, is really the difference. I remember at a clinic I attended in Kansas, the clinician was explaining what he was doing,trying to get a horse to perform a certain move, and it was not working. Then he changed what he was doing a little in order to get the result he was looking for. One of the Rail Birds asked him about it. He told the clinician that he had noticed that he had changed his approach a little. Well. You would have thought that the rail bird had called him a dirty name. The guy when off, telling the rail bird that he had no clue what he, the teacher, was doing. Well it was obvious that the guy had changed his approach. I have seen this happen time after time. The teacher thinks he has become some sort of god. Does not like, or want to be questioned and thinks he is beyond anyone teaching him anything. I don't go back to guys like that.
Now if you come to me for help, I'm going to show you what I know. If you come to a clinic that Kathy and I are putting on, I assume that you are there because you are interested in the method that we use, and that's what I'm going to show you. I'm not going to hide anything from you, and I'm going to do the best to show you all that I know in the little time that we have at a clinic. It is hard to find someone out there that can teach. I had a student email me yesterday with a question about riding, that we will talk about next week. She was confused because the instructor, not me, was not telling them the whole story about this move. My guess is the instructor does not understand the whole story either. Bottom line is, the instructor was not a very good teacher and so could not communicate what he or she was trying to teach. Lots of people get frustrated about this. I could go on and on. I have seen this happen so many times with well know clinicians and trainer.
So how do I find a good trainer or clinician? Good question!
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Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.