The rear end
is looking much better, but you can see a brace in the head and
Phil working Dandy’s tail, helping her let
(this I learned from Tom Dorrance on a horse I rode in one of Tom’s
I first heard
these terms from the great horseman, Ray Hunt, and they summarize
vast amounts of written and oral teachings about what it takes to
achieve oneness with our horse.
In order to get there we must first ride with
nature—gravity—in such a way to be aligned in a position that does
not impede the locomotion and balance of the horse.
We must learn how to breathe for optimum softness and
security in our seat and to aid the movement of the horse.
As we learn the patterns of the foot fall of our mounts at
the different gaits we can know where each foot is at any given
moment and the relationship of that foot to the other three feet at
any instant. This
knowledge, practiced and perfected, allows us to influence a
particular foot at the best possible time so we do not upset the
natural rhythm, timing and balance of the horse while it performs,
efficiently, gracefully and smoothly, the maneuver we want.
As riders, as
we gain a better understanding of the anatomy of the horse and our
own bodies, and the optimum position for security and balance, our
feel, timing and balance improve and it becomes easier to keep the
horse relaxed, calm and curious.
San Juan to lead up better.
Katie on her good mare Stella.
Elaine getting cowboy hooked on.
Banjo nice ground covering trot.When
working with the horse there are two primary ways to get a change.
We can use a physical movement to produce a mental change, or we can
work through the mind to get a physical change.
If applied properly, both ways work well and produce a better
trained horse. We will
use both techniques at different times, depending on the kind of
change we want to get.
people learn better horsemanship it is so rewarding to see the “Ah
Ha” moments and witness the excitement and enthusiasm in the rider
and horse when these changes occur.
I will have a
monthly column here on our web site, and also on the Face Book page
to present some of the specific techniques you will learn as you
work with me. These will
be a good refresher course for those who have attended one of my
classes, and give any inquiring person some ideas to experiment
this horse use to being touched all over.
rope to rub him. He is making nice changes.
Bob at a ranch
roping clinic in Iowa, getting ropers started on their swings and