Of Cowboys and Frenchmen

‘Any horseman who cares to risk Becoming unpopular among his best friends Can learn some surprising things about horsemen and horsemanship Simply by asking, Every time he hears a dubious bit of stable lore, ‘Why?’ Or even worse, ‘How do you know? To about nine out of ten There is no more baffling, More exasperating […]

Words are the Source of Misunderstandings.

“What must I do, to tame you?” asked the little prince. “You must be very patient,” replied the horse. “First you will sit down at a little distance from me–like that–in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of […]

The Counted Walk Part III- Hands Without Legs, Legs Without Hands

When legs and hands are used simultaneously, The former instinctively correct The blunders of the latter, And vis versa, The rider is unaware of their mistakes On the contrary, Their alternate use deprives the rider Of these instinctive and reciprocal corrections. Horse Training, Outdoor and High School By E. Beudant Once the horse stays calm […]

The Counted Walk Part I- The Human Side of the Equation

The disability from which I suffer Is a great handicap But there is a bright side to everything And my inability to apply the aids strongly Has been a great lesson to me. I can use but very little force, And the results obtained by my weak efforts Have convinced me that horses Are generally […]

Competitive Dressage Could Interest Me If….

There has been some heated discussion recently among the dressage crowd, competitive and otherwise, that has given me hope that there might be people out there who do truly wish to demonstrate how they and their mount can work in harmony.   The good thing about controversy is that it does push people to speak up, […]

Are We There Yet?

(Riders) must also recognize The simple fact that There are no perfect human beings. We are so far from perfect That if there ever are any perfect humans We probably won’t recognize each other As the same species. Trying to be perfect can lead to insanity, And striving for perfection In (horsemanship) can make (Horse […]

Lateral Moves and Changing Leads

‘ “I must say, that instead of emphasizing more and more the schooling exercises, I have come to the conclusion That shoulder-in and two-track work Are nothing more than amusing diversions Often detrimental to the horse And of utility only in permitting The mounted soldier to position his horse Correctly in the ranks.” Horse Training […]