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So let me clarify what I mean and shed some some light on the real natures of these two words that are lined up before I do anything else. Horsemanship is a concept that ejects such a broad net that it means very little at most and most probably nothing at all.
Obviously it was used when the doctor, Pat Parelli, imprinted it to describe what he did with his riding programme and later written a little bit with the same name. It has been taken up by the general publics, who are always trying to categorise humans, places, things and everything else under headlines in order to try to make it all fit with a certain meaning of order and justice, and have put down a vast range of things under them.
Conversely, having an Umbrella under which they can tell the general community that what they are doing is new, different, accurate, precious and essentially an cutting-edge business has not harmed a whole range of doctors and practicians of all kinds, whether or not that was the case. This " natural " associative name adapts itself readily to the ever more widespread environmental policy idea, attracting the interest and rapid support of a burgeoning and financial safe group of individuals who already recycle, drive hybrid vehicles and buy environmentally soaps.
Or take the word "free of charge". That' s simply not the real significance of free.... but here we find ourselves and our languages changed through our new use and brand. Return to the natural art of horsemanship. Firstly, there are many doctors I know who do not call themselves natural riders and who abhor the word used to describe them.
But they are already thrown into the same pot by their students, writers, reporters and the general community under the headline, who impose the brand on them. There are also many clinical practitioners who strive to ensure that they are associated with natural horsemanship. "Pferdflüsterer" is another interesting and very close example.
Due to the broad public of the Hollywood movie under this name, especially non-horse enthusiasts like to utilize the word on many equine men, who are also summarized under the title Natural Horsemanship. To a much greater degree, however, the equine chatterer for some unknown reasons evolved a somewhat adverse connotation among equestrians.
In general, it seems wrong to use it in equestrian settings, and those who use it to describe themselves immediately call themselves outsiders, even for many natural equestrian fans. Maybe it has something to do with one of my favourite quotations from Buck Brannaman, which is something like: "If someone comes up to you and says he is a horseman-whisper, put your wrist on your purse and get out as fast as you can!
" The general significance now seems to have changed, and anyone who describes himself as a horseman is considered an apparent trick. There is also the issue of the concept itself. What kind of whisper is part of the horse's whisper? Horsemanship as a composite form of natural horsemanship suffer horribly from this issue.
It' s clearly about describing topics in the field of horsemanship, but what is natural about it? I' ve learnt that clinic staff who don't like to be thrown into a pot under the headline are arguing to dissociate themselves from it and things like: "If you put a holster or a nut on a horses, it's not natural, is it?
A lot of humans think that the most complete "natural" horse in the whole wide range is the Mustang of the US Westerners, but they are not natural in the least. Paula Morin's best ever anthology on the topic is a collection of 63 interview with all sorts of individuals who have vast experiences with the Great Basin native breeds entitled Honor Horse (University of Nevada Press, 2006).
The Przewalski'a of Mongolia is the only simple and sturdy Mongolian thoroughbred that meets the strict scientific definitions of a genuine boardock. No matter how many generation of horsemen have been living on the Ranch [the western United States], the exact descriptions for them are as follows. The fact that the Spaniards brought back to North America only a few hundred years ago, after thousands of years of extinction from this part of the world, is contrary to the natural ecological system here.
This is a relation that is so difficult because the pasture customs of horse pasture disturb the natural equilibrium of the areas where they live. You are like Kodzu, or Stare or any other alien and therefore abnormal visitors to this land that has deep, one-sided and potentially disastrous impacts on the truly natural and indigenous breeds here.
So if must-angs in the wilderness, regarded by the crowds as the most natural of all natural mounts, are not natural, what in the outside worlds can be natural about any kind of contemporary equine interactions? Parelli's "natural" results from his original use of the concept, especially in his Natural horse*man*ship work.
He says in this story that his reasons for imprinting the sentence had to do with the description of the communicative methods on which he worked between man and equine. "There' s an interesting application of nature in that. Equestrian art is essentially the equivalent of something that corresponds to natural equine communications, or speaking with or interacting with equines, as they do in a flock and behave more smoothly with each other than most other people.
For example, is the Californian horsemanship styled traditionally a natural art of riding California Paquero? How about someone who is training with a natural riding programme and then competing with this horse...can this still be seen as a natural art of riding in the unbelievably artificial show ring? A further misunderstanding that is spreading and fervently announced by some is that natural horsemanship is all-new.
First, as I said at the head, there is no natural art of riding....... It lacks specific regulations that redefine the natural art of riding. To work with the horse in the best possible way (if this miserable formulation takes us somewhere into the field of natural riding) is a stirring goal.
Nobody is like any other one. This is, if anything, an overall type of paradigm under which a whole range of techniques can come into play, and even some rather hard ones could be natural horsemanship by some yardstick if applied by the right individual at the right moment on the right horse.
Second, the notion that many of the techniques generally referred to as innovative, recently developed by some clinic workers and representing an entirely new paradigm in working with equines, have been packaged and marketed to the general public is equally deceptive. There have been truly extraordinary equine peoples working with equines since time immemorial.
It' a worldwide debate, and the art of horsemanship is changing to face this challenges. Recently I saw a PBS feature about the unbelievable British top layer female who became the Montana pionier Evelyn Cameron when she abruptly referred to a quotation from one of her journal articles that I immediately realized was what we would call "desensitizing" a horses today.
In the end, what is natural horsemanship is, if anything, a displacement in the art of horsemanship linguistic. The point at which there is some agreement is how humans generally alter the art of horsemanship and exchange views on ways to improve the equestrian world. However, the common use of the concept of "natural horsemanship" on all types of humans and techniques pollutes the water.
This may be best for those of us who are looking for a better way to get better with horse, to reduce our emphasis to a more clear comprehension of what individual beings really do with them. Publisher's Note: This is an excerpt from Tom's recently published A Horse's Thought - A Journey into Honest Horsemanship, available through eclectic retailers.