Category Archives: Horsemanship

Topics on general care, training and welfare of horses

The Madness Continues!

I once made the mistake of buying a piece of equipment from the website of a world renowned “Natural” Horsemanship ‘guru’.  I say mistake because once they have your information, they won’t stop trying to convert you.  I choose not … Continue reading

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The noble horse …

My latest reading venture is Gustav Steinbrecht’s The Gymnasium of the Horse.  It is often cited by those who follow classical training methods, but this is my first dive into it.  Written before the turn of the twentieth century, it … Continue reading

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Pedro and Oxidado

I previously shared video of Pedro Torres and the stallion Oxidado doing Working Equitation.  Their partnership, to me, is obvious and inspiring.  Recently I ran across an interview with Pedro, where he talked about his inspirations and philosophies. Within the interview … Continue reading

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Crime and punishment

I often start several drafts of posts at one time – sometimes they make it in, sometimes I go back and have lost the original inspiration.  This one was drafted several months ago … and I had forgotten just how … Continue reading

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What is “cruel”?

I’ve been pondering the question of cruelty a lot lately.  There certainly is more than enough cruelty in the world.  But if you go by the internet, you would be hard pressed to find anything that we do with horses that … Continue reading

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Horse-based Religion

“Barefoot go’s very nicely with, bitless bridles, treeless saddles and natural horsemanship! A natural market ripe for clever con men to pick!”  Horsemanship – nothing natural about it post on Facebook The passage above was part of a recent “rant” … Continue reading

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Control the feet

You’ve probably heard it: “Control the feet and you control the horse.” It’s popular with the Natural Horsemanship folks. An even better variation is “Control the feet and you control the mind.” Trouble is, if your definition of controlling the … Continue reading

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