It is my mission to change the mindset of the horse world. Typical riders subscribe to the thinking that you have to purchase an already trained horse ready to ride, to ride. There seems to be this mystical gap between “breaking” a horse and riding a pre-ridden one. Truth is that there is not much gap at all, just the void of anyone teaching this art as part of being a complete horseman.
In my realization, people often start on the different branches of horsemanship in which I label, disciplines. When I say that I give horsemanship lessons, people often ask me what discipline do I teach. My answer is that I teach simply about the horse, the part that modern disciplines seem to neglect. How can you build a permanent and complete structure without a solid foundation? Riders, not horsemen, are the ones that get stuck out on the branches of the horsemanship tree always looking back down at the trunk, then to the roots. This manifests into questions like, “How do I fix my problem horse?… How do I stop my horse from bolting?… etc.”
To me, horsemanship is not about the horse at all. A horse can only be a horse. When I realized this, I became empowered. That meant that I had to only control myself instead of a 1000 pound animal. I refrain from using the word “control” since control of anything but yourself is truly an illusion.
I love to train horses and help people to do the same.
Monica O. Krause