In 1999, I read the book "True Horsemanship through Feel" by internationally
known clinician Leslie Desmond and the legendary horseman Bill Dorrance.
However, it wasn't until I actually watched Leslie Desmond give a
demonstration at the Equine Affair several years later that I truly understood
the difference between "true horsemanship through feel" and other methods
of training such as pressure and domination. During her demonstration,
Leslie asked the crowd, "Does what you do with your horse on the
ground carry over to your ride in the saddle?" That simple statement,
combined with the true horsemanship that Desmond demonstrated that day,
had a profound impact on me and became an important facet of my training
Good natural horsemanship is both an art and a science. The art comes
from understanding the natural way of the horse through years of experience
with many horses. The science, or techniques behind good horsemanship,
have been developed over centuries by great horsemen from around the
world. As the horse continues to evolve from being necessary for work to
simply a pleasure and sport companion, I believe that people are developing
more empathy and want to create a better, safer and more enjoyable
relationship with their treasured equine friend.
As your horsemanship journey continues, you will find that there are many
clinicians that offer a variety of horse training techniques and programs.
Ironically, most had early exposure to "true horsemanship through feel" but
over the years have developed short cuts and methods to get the job done
faster for their clients. And while this is efficient, it isn't always in the best
interest of the horse and rider. Safety is sacrificed and so is the mutually
understood language of feel.
My approach and training techniques have been developed over the past 25
years and are based on my experience with my clients, my own horses and
my work with mustangs. The Kinship with Horses philosophy brings together
the best of the modern masters of Natural Horsemanship including Buck
Brannamen, Leslie Desmond, Bill Dorrance, Pat Parelli, John Lyons, Tom
Dorrance and Ray Hunt.