This is the concept of …Self Horse Study.
Ultimately a four-year commitment to yourself, your horse, your relationship.
Self Horse Study
Setting up a format for a long-term experience is a challenge, especially when you consider the complexity of true horsemanship…the study of horses! You want to divide each year of study into themes that will lead you through a progression that makes sense to the horses, their level of development, and the variety of skill levels we all encounter as aspiring horsemen and women.
Similar to achieving a four-year university degree, your goal is to break-up this complicated subject of Classical horsemanship, into bio-mechanic and relationship-based skills, combined with written and visual resources, to truly study the elements of developing the horse/human relationship into willing communication.
The foundation of your self study is the dressage training scale, thus relying on wisdom past down from Master Horsemen over the ages. Your goals will be achievable for each year, focusing on the annual themes, but ending in the ultimate accomplishment of having built a relationship in lightness with your horse.
Horsemanship is a long-term commitment. In pursuing the ‘Horse Study’ degree, you will be committing to understanding what it means to bring a horse and yourself along in true Classical horsemanship.