I started riding horses as a little boy at day camp. By my teens horses were no longer part of my life, but the seed had been planted. Around 2007 or so, I started riding again. In 2012 I bought my first horse, Thunderstruck. She is pictured above. That’s me riding her bareback.
I practice natural horsemanship as taught by Pat Parelli. Of all the clinicians that I’ve watched, he’s the one that resonated the most with me.
One of the objectives of natural horsemanship, as I know it, is to cue the horse as gently as possible. When you think about it, a horse can feel a fly land anywhere on it’s body, so it shouldn’t take a lot of pressure to convey your message to it when trying to cue it. Natural horsemanship focuses on helping your horse to trust in you and have confidence in itself.
Within two or three years, it is my intention to buy a ranch in Missouri and have many horses.