Bill Dorrance is almost universally acknowledged as being the father of modern-day natural horsemanship as we know it, along with his brother Tom Dorrance and then Ray Hunt. (More about them and their Legacy of Legends can be found here on Facebook.)
For me, horsemanship means not just knowing how to ride, but includes learning about the horse’s physiology, psychology, herd instincts, and how horses process information.
In classical riding, the foremost concern is with acquiring a balanced, deep and feeling seat or core as Jane Savoie calls it. The seat in this context refers to the seat bones, pubic arch, thighs, lower back and importantly, the abdominal muscles. Classical riders develop light, responsive horses because they ride from their core. The horse is ridden firstly from the seat, then the legs and into the hands.
“The hands receive what the leg puts into them – no more, no less” - Dr Thomas Ritter.
These definitions of classical riding and horsemanship are pretty much the reason for being for horsetrainingsolutions. It is why we are here, doing what we are doing. This is what we are trying to promote here on the blog and website.
The big question is: Are the two related and just how did all this “natural” stuff start to begin with?
To answer that, I found this lovely little video. So, put on the kettle, pull up your chair and find out a little more about The Vaquero! The film is about 20 min long.
What do you think? I’d love to hear any comments you might have about the film. Use the comment box below.
I found the film via a link at The Horse Show with Rick Lamb.
See also: What is Natural Horsemanship?
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