‘A Road to finding Intelligent Horsemanship’
About 18 years ago I bought a horse that I needed help with. As things fall into place when you need them, I found an old copy, on a second-hand stall, of a book called, ‘The Man who listens to Horses’, by Monty Roberts. A paperback with age yellowed pages. This opened my eyes to a way of working with horses that seemed quite different to the way people around me were working.
There’s a small section of his ‘Join Up’, method in the back, which I avidly practised with my new horse. It worked.
Thirst for more knowledge followed rapidly, and I discovered two other books, Perfect Partners, and Perfect Manners, by Kelly Marks. Reading her books, which are entertaining, easily read, hugely informative, and just so sensible in the way to work with horses led me to be a follower of her methods and to begin looking at Intelligent Horsemanship. Who are they? What do they do? Are they any good?
First stage was to join. It is not expensive to do so. It is very good value and gives you access to a huge amount of combined knowledge from various instructors and teachers who are very willing to share knowledge. So, who are they? Initially set up by Monty Roberts and Kelly Marks, they are now run by Kelly, Sandra Williams, Ian Vandenberg with a group of inspirational experts, all with specialist skills. Check out the website.
Is it expensive to go on courses? If you consider learning how to handle a horse/your horse, in a way that is safe, considerate, sympathetic, kind, gentle and effective an important part of how you want to be with your horse, then no, they are not expensive. They are necessary. So, what do they do? They educate and inspire to learn more.
The courses are run in a friendly inclusive and professional manner designed to put you at ease. You find yourself making friends and contacts that stay with you, and slowly but surely you find yourself immersed in IH, and proud to be part of a membership group that as a community is supportive and knowledgeable with horses, and people, making your involvement with them so much more enjoyable and rewarding. So, are they any good? Yes, I think they are, they are very good, so do many others, there is much to gain from taking that first step, nothing to lose. Take it and join.
1st February 2023