Friday, December 26, 2014
Not Every Single Thing That Is New Is Bad.....
On the rarest of occasions one will find an innovation that is also an improvement. This is nearly never true in the world of tack. The bosal and mecate will never be improved upon. A well cared for antique saddle will often fit a Colonial Spanish horse better than any saddle made today.
Replacing cowboy knots with billets and latigos filled with holes certainly is not an improvement.
However, sometimes one can take modern designs and use them in tried and true manners and get a good result. The instrument in the picture above is a new design and is called a "Merlin." It came out within the last two years.
I have acquired a taste for it.
When played using the hammers, pull offs, and slides rooted in ancient African music it can sound first rate.
There are many lessons one can learn from playing music that apply to solid horsemanship. The reverse is also true.
Posted by Steve Edwards