Is the Horse Human Connection Important?
When I remember my best horse experiences and also the not-so-good horse experiences, one big difference seems to be the quality of the horse human connection. I spent lots of time, including unstructured time, with those good horses and not as much time with the others. Here’s my video talking about this.
Summary of the Horse Human Connection Video
– – Howdy friends, my name is Paul Sherland with SaddleUpAgain.com. And I’d like to talk a little bit about the purpose of the website, and it’s changed. I’ve been thinking about SaddleUpAgain.com for years, and the idea was that it would be a place where people who were not youngsters anymore could trade tips and trade ideas for riding better and training better when you’re not a youngster anymore. I thought that this would revolve around training techniques that maybe would be suitable for people who were not youngsters anymore. I hate to say old or mature.
My thinking has changed and it started with going to something called the Best Horse Practices Summit in Durango, Colorado, last October. That was a great event, and I’ll do a video review of the Best Horse Practices Summit in the next couple of days.
While I was at the Best Horse Practices Summit, I watched demonstration by a clinician by the name of Warwick Schiller. He got some great recommendations from some of my fellow attendees, and I joined his online training group. And that really started the ball rolling in changing what I plan to do with SaddleUpAgain.com.
My Epiphany About the Horse Human Connection
Warwick Schiller is not only about ground work and work in the saddle and building obedience in your horse — he’s also about building confidence, building trust and building a connection with your horse. And that’s the change, that’s the difference.
I’ve really thought about it a lot and thought about my riding over the years and my work with horses over the years, and I think that’s what went missing. I think it’s the horse human connection.
I spent a lot of time on ground work and videos and going to clinics and that sort of thing. I didn’t spend a lot of time on building the connection with the horse. That’s one of the things that Warwick Schiller does in his video Training Plan. I think it’s really, really important, and I’m going to be using Warwick Schiller’s training plan as a reference frequently in SaddleUpAgain.com.
I’m still going to be talking about how to ride better when you’re not a youngster anymore, and how to train better when you’re not a youngster anymore. But that connection, building that trust, building that confidence is going to be an important part of it.
One aspect of building trust and confidence is that in thinking about what’s happened to me over the years. I’ve realized that I haven’t spent a lot of time building a connection with my horses. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about ways to improve my riding, but that connection part has been missing.
I think it’s really, really important. I’m working on that with this horse, and with some other horses right now. This horse right here has bucked me off three times. I think there’s some connection work that I could be doing. I am doing it with him, and I’m already seeing a benefit from that work.
Is Your Horse Human Connection Important to Your Work with Horses?
So does that apply to people who are not youngsters anymore? I think it does. I’ll be talking about that and I hope you’ll share your ideas on SaddleUpAgain.com. Thank you very much.