Hey, y’all! Sam here finishing the “...and Why It’s Important” series.
Before my blog series on Ember, I was making a lot of posts about basic horsemanship. Many of the beginners following my blog contacted me to say it was a helpful series, but nobody advanced ever reached out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to help the beginners, but much of my content is actually directed toward the more advanced horsemen. In this post, I’ll write about what the basics are, how important they are, how to start learning them…
Why would I make posts about “the basics” then I’m trying to reach out to the experienced? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. You see, the people who have been doing horsemanship for longer periods of time are the ones who often forget how important the basics are. I should know, I was one of them.
I used to worry so much about all the little details that I forgot about the big picture. I stopped doing the basics every day. Instead, I’d skip straight to barrel racing practice or liberty training. But without the basics, without the foundation of horsemanship, Ellie and I were failing terribly. I’d completely forgotten how important going back to the basics truly was.
But how do you start? Sometimes we get so busy with advanced horsemanship that we seriously forget how to start doing the basics again. Well, the first step I would take is to go out and catch your horse. Does your horse stand still when being caught? Do they start to move away? Or do they gallop away from you? These are some important things to notice.
Once you’ve caught your equine, go ahead and tie them to the nearest post or tree. Get your bucket of grooming tools and groom your horse. Now, you might be thinking, “But I groom my horse every day. There’s nothing great about it.” Y’all, I don’t mean for you to just groom your horse, I mean for you to really spend that time acknowledging your equine.
When grooming, be sure to pay attention to your horse’s reaction. Do they flinch when you touch their flank? Are they relaxed? Are they hyper? Do they have a soft spot they like for you to brush?
When you’re done grooming, DON’T throw on a saddle like you probably do almost every time. Instead, just lead your horse around for a while, and spend some time with them that’s not work-related. When that’s done, be sure to read through my “Back to the Basics” series (linked below) and do some of the things mentioned. After a week of just basic time spent with your horse, does your relationship with them feel different? If it doesn’t, then you didn’t follow my instructions correctly. 😉
For those of you who’ve just started out on your horsemanship journeys: never forget to focus on the basics.
I want to keep this post short, so I’ll wrap up with this one phrase: Horsemanship is more than cool tricks and competitions. It’s a horse + man relationship.
Comment below if you believe in the power basic horsemanship can hold! Sam out!