(Natural ) Horsemanship is booming! This is fantastic! It means that there’s been a significant shift in the way we want horses to be a part of our lives nowadays. Most domesticated horses today are kept for recreational and sports purposes. More than ever, people have the desire to improve and deepen the relationship they have with their horse, and to interact and work together in a way that is logical, healthy, and fulfilling to the horse, not just to the human. On top of that, the way we keep horses is changing for the better. Horses’ needs as herd animals, such as the need for pasture, continuous movement, grazing and social contact, are taken into consideration more than ever was the case before.
The term “natural horsemanship”, however, also causes confusion. Over the years it’s become a somewhat blurry umbrella concept which groups together many different and at times contradicting approaches to horses and horsemanship. For horse owners looking for a different way of being with their horse this is difficult, as the search for an approach that works for them and their horse can be the beginning of ever more confusion, and a journey that can last a lifetime.
I know what this is like. I also know that not everybody has a lifetime of time to devote to this, and that many people start looking for a better way because of a problem they are having right now. Therefore I’ve listed some of The Red Pony’s core principles: