Just try it!
Becoming a horseman is really all about learning all you can about the horse. I don’t mean that you have to learn the names of all the bones in a horse, how he is made up. It don’t hurt to know that stuff, but I know lots of great horseman who could not answer those questions, and just because you can, would not make you a horseman in the eyes of the horse.
The key is to be willing to learn. Be willing to look at the way someone else does it and determine if that method will work for you. It probably will work for the horse cause, someone has been getting results with it. But, does it fit YOU? Is it something that you can do physically? I have seen folks, in the process of starting a horse, jump up on the back of a horse and lay across the horse and move all over the horses back and then slide of, the Jeffery’s method is what it’s called, although I’m guessing that the native American’s were doing that long before Mr. Jeffery’s. Well guess what? I use to use that method, when I was younger, but I have a hard time getting this fat….. you know what, in the truck sometimes. So, as much as I admire people that can do that, I can’t. So, I have to use a different method, works just as good, it’s just different.
Take a look at your skill level with horses and see where you would like to improve. Then go look for it. There are lots of places to learn online, in books, but the best way I have found is to work with someone you respect, could be a good friend, trainer, a clinician. Ask around and see who’s out there. Remember you can learn a lot from folks that are not that good at their horsemanship yet. You will learn what NOT to do.
Then take what you are learning and practice it on your own horse. He will be the final judge if the method or technique works for HIM. If not just file away what you have learned. It's possible that it will work on another horse in a difference situation.
Great horseman are always learning and will be the first to tell you they don’t have it all figured out. What they have figured out really works, but they are always learning from the horse and from people. We can all improve.
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