I’ve heard it all of my riding life, but social media seems to have brought it out in full force. I’m talking about any riding advice that begins with, “You must …” I don’t think it matters the discipline, there are always those people who are convinced that what they have learned, and what has … More There is only one ‘must’ in riding
A video popped up on Facebook depicting a “horse training” demonstration by a world famous horseman. The friend who posted suggested that people write to the organization to voice their displeasure. The organization is not in my country, so I’m sure my voice would have no impact – but the video presents some very serious … More The measure of a horseman
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 to use the man’s name because my intent is not to start a war with … More The Madness Continues!
As I worked Tally on the lunge today, watching her move in or out, changing her tempo based upon my movements, I started to ponder a video I recently saw. (I’m an introvert – pondering things is what I do.) The video, posted on a Facebook group, introduced a member’s approach to groundwork. At the … More Body Language Reality Check
“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” on Facebook that I happened to catch. The entire point of the post was that … More Horse-based Religion
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 feet is to make the beast run when you want, stop when you want, and … More Control the feet