We're both tired!
Ok, Ok! I know I can get a little long winded but it hard for me, at times, to come up with the right word to express what I’m trying to say. Not only for me but say for the horse.
That’s what it is. It’s not a partnership. It’s not an equal relationship. It’s not love, although you may love your horses as I do. It’s horsemanship. When you are able to look at things thru the eyes of your horse. Understand what he needs and wants, and then give that to him you can call yourself a horseman. You don’t have to go to school, or spend years working with someone else developing these skills, but I think you will be better off if you do, and so will your horse, but you DO have to understand what your horse needs and as an owner, trainer, lover of horses be willing to give them that. Not everyone has that ability. Some folks cannot leave their own needs out of the equation. We all want things from our horses. Some of us get that by just being around them. Others want to be able to use their horses to get a job done or to compete, and that’s all well and good, but they need things too, not the same things that you and I need. A real horseman knows that and will do his or her best to make sure it is provided. And, I’m not talking about food and water and a nice fancy barn.
Trainers, clinicians are all trying to set themselves apart from the rest of the clinicians, trainers. So, they use clever words or phrases to try and do that. Some make what they are doing sound so complicated that you just don’t even want to try it, cause you don’t get it. Others make you think that it takes two life times to become a great horseman. In and effort to set themselves apart from everyone else, they make us think that if we don’t do it just the way they do it, we are failures. Let your horse be the judge of that. Not some two legged that thinks they have it all figured out. Your horse will tell you when you have become a horseman, and really, it’s his opinion that really matters.
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