THREE PILLARS TO
I believe there are handful of foundational pillars that will be invaluable to your relationship with your horse. I find that without these concepts in place my students struggle. In this section I outline my philosophy of rewarding horsemanship by answering these questions.
Here are some questions to consider as you look through the Pillars:
- Why horses? What’s in it for you? What’s in it for your horse?
- Good horsewomen and men are constantly managing the two omnipresent challenges of fear pressure and peer pressure. How do you do it?
- Can you approach everything you ask your horse to do with 6 ounces or less? How do you get to that point?
- Do you consider yourself perfect in your imperfection? I can help you give yourself this gift.
- What are your 10 basics of horse ownership?
THE THREE PILLARS
- The Path
- The Philosophy
- The Skills
To have good horsemanship you need to actively engage with all three pillars.
- What’s your dream?
- What’s your plan?
- What could possibly go wrong?
- Who should I get to help me?
- Put the relationship first.
- Beware the obstacles of peer and fear pressure.
- What’s my mindset?
- Who am I?
THE SKILLS; WHAT YOU MUST LEARN
- You must be able to stop and control your horse in the “oh no” situation, on the ground or in the saddle.
- You have to stay on or be able to get off quickly if you need to.
- You must know where your horses’s feet are if you want to get anything done.
- You need to use gear that provides the most refined communication possible for your horse.