A LEG UP: The Art of and Science of Horsecraft
Are you frustrated by a lack of connection and clarity with your horse? Does your dream of horse ownership not match your reality? Are you confused by the many disparate methods sold by trainers and searching for clarity?
This course, designed by an equine veterinarian and an experienced international competitor in the sport of 3-Day Eventing, is aimed at helping humans better understand and connect with their equine partners. Connecting with our horses and developing the human-equine partnership of our dreams requires an intimate knowledge of the species, as well as an understanding of how to be the human our horse needs us to be. Part equine evolution, part science of communication, and filled with stories and anecdotes from our own lives with horses, to entertain and bring the teachings to life.
What is Horsecraft?
We will look at the definition of good horsemanship across the disciplines and the
common threads and attributes of good horsecraft practitioners
A LEG UP - A few of our Guiding Principles
Do the best you can with what you know. Then when you know better, do better.
Take life lightly and enjoy the ride.
Test yourself. Test your horse. Test your relationship, but realize that there will be limitations as you learn and grow. Find satisfaction in all of the little steps along the way. If you feel it, your horse will too.
Influence of Equine Evolution
Awareness and mobility
Herding instinct and social structure
Prosodic use of voice
Sense of location or direction
Sense of smell
Sense of time
Sense of taste
Sense of Adventure
Sense of touch – whiskers and why they need them
The science of non-verbal communication – how they feel what we feel
The science and practice of self-regulation – why that’s important for horses
Body Language unpacked
Memory and IQ
Individuality – character and temperament
Polyvagal Theory; fight, flight, freeze
Mindset – being present, aware and calm
Manners - establishing boundaries and respect
Conclusion: We have horses for MUTUAL BENEFIT and MUTUAL ENJOYMENT
** Contact Us below to be a part of the beta program this fall and become one of our founding members