Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Don' t Let Any One Ever Tell You That....
...they are natural horsemanship.
I see arguments made against natural horsemanship that are,in reality, arguments against a particular commercial training program. That is to be expected.
It is the best tactic that a dieing established horse world has to use against the teaching of humane, simple training techniques that take the mystery out of building a relationship with horses and allow people to find a path to the horse's soul.
Natural horsemanship exposes the king's nakedness.The established horse world does not look good naked.
A more troubling event is when a customer of a commercial natural horsemanship program comes to realize that many of the things that they are being taught serve only to enrich the big name clinician. They fell head over heals for the promises of the clinician's program. They fell for the belief that they were following the only voice of the True Wisdom.
Some may react like the church member who, upon discovering that his preacher is a fraud, rejects not only the preacher, but the religion entirely. Such a parishioner had his trust in the wrong place.
A person who realizes that they are merely customers of a big name trainer and not students of that trainer can have the same reaction. Such a person has had his trust in the wrong place.
Natural horsemanship is good and pure and true. Human beings are not. Anything that humans use to enrich themselves must be viewed skeptically. When art, music, or religion is commercialized it suffers.
So does natural horsemanship.
If you loose faith in your big name commercial training program recognize what let you down. It was not natural horsemanship that did so. It was the program that taught you to equate natural horsemanship with a particular program.
No person is, no system is, natural horsemanship.
Posted by Steve Edwards