Hopefully you have read all the previous and related articles,
and if not, don't even bother to read this,
as you will have no clue what is what, though you may think otherwise.
I am sure that many of you have heard
the concept of "instinctive horsemanship", (or even worse, the "natural
horsemanship"), which for most part is pure and genuine bullshit, and those that
claim to practice it, or even worse teach it, only end up plugging up your open
mind like some toilet, and you know well what happens to plugged up toilet if
more shit is added. It suffices to say, that it is wise to stay away from all
these folks that claim to know anything about instinctive horsemanship, because
first of all they have no clue what
instinct is, as they more likely got the definition from some book or
another asshole like themselves. On the same note, since according to the
popular definition of instinct, which only refers to the inborn instincts, one
would actually have to be born a horseman to practice the instinctive
horsemanship, and that even without any experience.
Now, you will get to see and understand why without the full understanding of the word instinct, you could not possibly understand horsemanship, or better said, the dealing and relating to horses, which must be practiced as close to the instinctive nature of the horse as possible.
The riding of a horse, especially when one is performing some other task not relevant to the horse, must be purely instinctive. A man's mind must be 100% concentrated on the environment as presented in the above pic, lest he will die. You will not learn how to ride in lessons or riding rings, especially when concentrating on how to ride, but you may learn something when using the horse to accomplish some work or task. This is not to say that men like these were a decent riders, but at least they had better understanding in how to relate to the horse in general.
The "not thinking in what to do with the horse when riding it" will not necessary transforms one into a decent rider, but it will insure him not to become a bad rider, or a worse rider as he goes. In short, the less you think on the horse in what to do with the animal the better chance to learn, the more you think the greater chance to fuck your brains up, as well as the horse.
The thinking on a horse will make one into an ignorant and crude rider that completely lacks the ability to feel, and respond to, the horse, as such fool responds to his own mind.
The today's dressage is one of the worse places to get education on riding. One must first learn how to do nothing on a horse, before he can learn what to do on the horse from the horse, but most folks simply have no clue what I am talking about. In any case the dressage folks are one of the worst riders in the world, because most of them simply failed to learn how to ride from the horse, and went instantly to concentrating on what to do with the horse, which totally conflicts with the instinctive learning nature of the horse and the rider alike and their interactions. The more they ride in the dressage rings the worse they get, as they subject everything to their reason, and hardly anything to their senses and relevant awareness. The fact was known for millennia, that the riding in the riding rings, more than once per week, will not only make the horse worse for practical riding purposes, but it will also make the rider worse. Hence those that spend more time in the riding rings than outside in nature and open fields and environments are the worst riders, and they get worse in time the more they practice the riding in the riding rings and arenas. People riding in the riding ring more than once per week will never learn to ride, for if they would know how to ride at least a little bit, and mainly if they would understand what riding a horse is about, they would never do it. (Doing it for money is another issue, but most decent riders do not want such jobs anyway.)
As I have previously mentioned, it is almost impossible for us
to purge ourselves from thinking about what we are doing, but if long enough
with horse, it will eventually rub off on you and the horse will awake, or
better said improve, your own instinctive learning nature in relevance to
You need to understand first the instinctive learning nature
about yourself before you can learn it from horses. I will show few examples so
you can understand what it actually is, as we often refer to this function as
If and when you use your thinking or
memory in responding to a horse, you are simply too slow, and horses end up
ignoring you, or better said ignoring your responses and "requests", (commonly
seen in prevalence in riding horses), obviously.
Every instinct a horse gains is permanently imprinted into this instinctive tree and the tree becomes a sort of a record, or a calendar, of events the horse lived. It is for this reason why any decent horsemen can clearly see in this tree/in that horse what kind of people the animal dealt with, as well as what the animal is, and how to deal with it.
We say that something is like riding
a bike, once you've learned it you will never forget it. Well, this is partially
inaccurate statement, because I do not recall riding the bike using my memory,
but rather using my gained instincts that I have gained by riding the bike,
hence we cannot forget it, because it is not stored in our conscious memory
only, but our responses to the bike are stored in this instinctive tree, the
instinctive memory that we also have, just like all mammals.
The training of a horse is not much
different, as the horse simply "learns", (gains instincts) to "work", (move),
for human beings via repetitions of particular motions, or one could say tasks,
and so in reality it does not take much expertise to train or teach animals
anything, though many of the fools, for some odd reason, like to call themselves
It really does not take much intellect, if any, to train and
work with animals. It only takes some basic knowledge (no longer taught
unfortunately) and enough intelligence to learn from the experience with the
animal, which is the subject to one's awareness of what is happening, the latter
tends to improve with time.
Beware of all the words or
terms like "natural horsemanship, natural hoof trim, equine podiatrist,
think like a horse, instinctive horsemanship, classical anything around
horses, the word art attached to anything around horses except to paintings
and related arts-crafts, terms like scientific facts or researches, or any
results referring to some animal related studies. The words like love,
beauty, power/powerful, correct, incorrect, graceful, the right way, the
wrong way, and so on and such, as all these terms and words, (combinations of words) referring to anything
equine are for most part nothing more but commercialized/humanized nature
(animals and their behavior) for sale targeting exclusively fools and for most
part silly women.
In today's world of horses one should not
concern himself with getting better,
Written by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a Lee Stanek (2010)