Let me introduce myself. Iím residing in Byers Co. and have been a student horses and horsemanship my whole life. I have 35 years professional experience and over 4000 head of horses. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the greatest influences a person could ever ask for!
My dad was my first great influence and a great horseman; and that was at a time when horsemanship was not a household subject. The horseís life was always right out on the surface, with a mental, emotional, and physical balance that was unparalleled by anything Iíd ever seen. His horses werenít troubled, the horse trusted, and believed in him. My dad gave me the experiences to observe, remember, and compare.
Ray Hunt was my next great influence. I met Ray Hunt, the horsemanís horseman, in the fall of 1991. Ray had caught my attention because he worked right from where the horse was. He gave me so much to THINK about and to work on when it came to the horseís perspective.
And you canít know Ray without learning about Tom Dorrance. Tom Dorrance also played a big part in my journey to become who I am today! Tom taught me to look at the good in things even in the midst of difficulty.
And last but not least, The Horse! To me the horse was my greatest teacher of all! They have taught me to look for and recognize the smallest change and the slightest try. It was a detriment to the horse when I missed the smallest changes or slightest tries and did not allow the horse to search for and find the right answer. Even though there is no wrong answer. Learning to operate from where the horse is and not from where the human thinks the horse is, or should be is some of the things I am fixing up so the horse doesnít have to protect themselves. And help them become a willing partner so the horse and human can become united.
Having a good solid set of basics is preparing to the position for the transition and not letting the transition get out ahead of the preparation.
Some of the things that I have mentioned can be hard to conceptualize, but these are the things I have been hearing and studying my whole life and the horse proves time and time again, that these things are in fact true!
Iím looking forward to getting together with you and your horse and finding the unity between you and your horse.
The Man In the Glass
When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf And the world makes you king for a day, Just go to a mirror and look at yourself, And see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father or mother or wife Whose judgment upon you must pass, The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life Is the one staring back from the glass.
He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest, For he's with you clear up to the end. And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum And think you're a wonderful guy, But the man in the glass says you're only a bum If you can't look him straight in the eye.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years And get pats on the back as you pass, But your final reward will be heartaches and tears If you've cheated the man in the glass.
The Master He's worked with God's horses across this great nation, aware of their strong sense of self-preservation.
He knows nature's language, and often he'll mention, before asking favors, first have their attention.
He uses kinesis with his animal friends and speaks from the heart with each message he sends.
He'll always prepare a horse to position' for ease of that smooth and most natural transition.
His feel and his timing are tools of the trade, the balance is perfect, his dues have been paid.
He "sees" what he looks at, with up most of care, for he's learned to observe, remember and compare.
With the right things made easy and the wrong things a chore, he enters their minds, like the key to a door.
The smallest of changes are caught by his eyes, and he'll always reward the slightest of tries.
Response with respect, whenever he's near is what he'll encourage, without force of fear.
His attention will focus on pathways they ride he'll direct and support him, and build on his pride.
His spirit speaks clearly, and his honesty's such that true unity comes "from within" his soft touch.