Any blog with the word, Horsemanship in it deals a lot with how people relate to horses. I’ve been looking over the content of my posts only to discover that I write a lot about our attitudes toward horses. That’s fine. But I don’t write nearly enough about our attitudes toward ourselves as horsepeople and riders and how it affects our relationship with our horses.
Just look at the word: horse + man (sorry, ladies) + ship. I’m not going to go all Parelli on you, except to say that the horse and the man parts are equal, and I think they should get equal attention. I’m going to start a series of posts on the man part (sorry again) in order to attempt to rectify that inequality here. They will be entitled, as above, Affirmations of Awareness for Horsepeople. At least I can rectify the gender one-sidedness with my own title!
Think of theses posts as a one-sentence affirmation upon which to meditate as you go about your daily chores, or as you ride or interact with your horses.
Dogs are not the only animals trained to help the visually impaired!
I’ll be you already know this. Monkeys, like the Capuchin Monkey, have been doing it for years. But how about horses? Horses live longer than dogs and have better vision, but aren’t as easily house trained as dogs.
You Asked For It, You Got It: The Liberty Neck Ring, posted on May 4, 2009 in How To and TTouch® and TTEAM.
This stiff neck ring, made of lariat rope and adjustable in size, is flexible and easy to use. The lariat is used in bridleless riding taught by TTEAM instructors and TTEAM Practitioners.
That’s a mighty short description of this little wonder tool. It also makes it seem as if the Liberty Neck ring is exclusively for advanced riders. I have used it, and I am no advanced rider.
Guest Blog Contest Winner: Lost Trail Ranch’s High Mountain Musings, posted on May 13, 2009 in Blogging and Guest Blogger.
I was not a horse kid. In fact, I barely knew what a horse was as a child. I couldn’t even convince my folks to get me a cat. Though I did catch mice from time to time and kept them in a fish tank with a screen over it. Mice can jump out.
As a youngster, I never saw a horse up close, never touched one, never smelled one. Don’t remember seeing a Western, and certainly never went to a horse show. Didn’t know anyone who rode, let anyone who actually owned a horse. The closest I got to a horse was the big gentle giants that pulled the fancy buggies around Central Park. We’d walk by them on the crowded city streets when we’d go down town to look at the Christmas lights, all bundled up and still cold in the damp winter air. I remember being little, holding a big person’s hand so I wouldn’t get lost in the push and crunch of the crowd, and trying to see those horses as they clip clopped past us on the frozen pavement. Peaceful dragons, with smoke billowing from their nostrils. They looked tired, but wise, and deep. I don’t know if that’s the right word for it, but that’s rather how I felt about them. Deep.
Another Bridleless Riding and Communication Tool: the Tellington TTouch Balance Rein, posted on May 21, 2009 in Horsemanship and TTouch® and TTEAM.
In an earlier post I offered information on an item people keep coming to me for in internet searches. I’ve made it pretty clear that I don’t believe that you have to buy fancy equipment from brand-name trainer in order to learn what they are teaching. Half the time, I see something I think would be useful to the development of my riding skills and communication with my horse, and proceed to make one of my own. I have used a simple piece of yachting rope (left over from sailing days) for use in the same way as the Tellington TTouch Balance Rein.
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