Did you know that every single one of your favorite riders and trainers in our equestrian sports have one attribute they value and respect more than the others in the people they meet? Did you know the one ingredient that every top show team MUST have to be the best (besides the horses)? The answer is: a team member with great horsemanship skills!
What is great horsemanship? You put the horse first. Imagine: is the weather hot at the show? Give your horse a bucket of clean, fresh water before you take care of your own thirst. Is there a new, nervous horse in a stall? A great horseman speaks to the horse with a soft voice and moves slowly and smoothly. Is it hard to turn your horse to the right? Great horsemen will tell the coach the horse doesn’t feel right and want to know why instead of getting too rough or complaining. Your coach may say to get off, you DO and immediately check the horse’s feet for a stone or its legs for a cut… because you are learning to be a great horseman.
Horsemanship skills are the key to excellence. If you want to be an international rider or a superb groom or veterinarian or just a wonderful horse owner, you need these skills.
Horsemanship skills take a lifetime to learn and perfect. These skills are not something you can fast track or fake. You either know it or you don’t. If you don’t, that’s okay! This is exactly what you can learn and practice in your unmounted lessons or horsemanship lessons!
Imagine walking through your equestrian journey with a backpack on. Each lesson or barn day you will learn and practice a lot of new skills. When you have mastered a skill, you can tuck it away in your backpack to use anytime you need it. The more you practice, the more proficient you become. After a few years you have filled your backpack with some valuable skills to keep our horse partners healthy and safe.