Thursday, November 20, 2014
Living A Three Dimensional Life
The deer was stunning as it stood by the edge of the field, the largest pinto colored buck that I had seen in front of my home. The soy beans were golden, the morning sun truck the odd white patterns on his side-- reflected sunlight darted from ivory colored horns--movement a study in power as he carried his heavy head in front of his body.....
....but the picture stunk. Cold, flat, no movement, a side view of an odd colored deer--that's all--a meaningless one dimensional misrepresentation of reality.
Our program succeeds because we work hard to maintain a three dimensional view of life. Learning to ride horses in a circle in a sandy arena is not the goal of our program. That is one dimensional horsemanship--that is one dimensional living.
The practice of natural horsemanship requires one to learn not only a new form of communication, but a world view and a perception of reality that is entirely alien to humans. Humans, as omnivorous predators, have nearly nothing in common with horses. When a person learns to enter the horse's world by truly understanding the horse's mind the person expands his ability to relate to others who come from a different world.
Posted by Steve Edwards