So you have a new horse you’d like to train on your own? Or you rescued a horse with some problems? Or you’d just like your horse to be more polite, manageable and trustworthy?
There are dozens (no thousands) of good horse trainers out there, and their work is impressive. They certainly have a place in your agenda. But as easy as they make it look, sometimes it’s nice to see other not-so-perfect trainers go through the process a lot more like you are going through it.
Horse training is the music of psychological and physical pressure orchestrated by timing. It is a waltz or a tango between two synchronized partners. It starts with two un-trained dance partners who must learn to adjust to each other, improve their communication, their timing, their understanding of what each needs to come together smoothly. One leads, one follows. They lift each other to new heights.
This is a compendium of life at the Kristull Ranch in Austin, Tx. It was started to chronicle the journey through the world of horsemanship that is on-going at the ranch. As we learned together, the site has become a sort of Horsemanship for Dummies.
We have each been a training dummy, a crash dummy and just plain “a dummy” at one time or another. It’s been fun. It’s been serious. It is always a challenge. And it is always rewarding.
We are not professionals. We don’t train for other people. And we don’t train for money. If no one sees the site, we will just call it a labor of love. If, on the other hand, someone finds and reads it, we will be gratified.
As you read through the pages, if you get some insight into our training philosophies, methods, and procedures, please feel free to comment or add to our commentary. There is a wonderful world of horse enthusiasts out there. Our lives would be enriched if you cared to add your two cents worth.
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