The Education Process.
The best reference for this Education process is Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel.
In 2000, I decided to build a professional based horsemanship after riding and having a passion for horses all my life. I was quite surprised and shocked to find the industry does not have even the most basic educational structure, nor does it even support a basic education structure.
I went back to the last working horsemanship education structure military/Classical equation and started to pursue my art of horsemanship from the ground up.
Early in the process, I through out all horsemanship that was not developed within a logical education structure. As a professional, it is easy to understand that an art as complex as horsemanship cannot be studied outside of a logical education process.
My education process is simple:
Optional upper levels.
Ideally the horse industry should have a professional core that works off a standard education process and the recreational industry should be based off of that professional core. The fact that basic structure does not exist is simple proof the horse industry is just using the horse for their own purpose, instead of actually studying and promoting the art of horsemanship.
In 2006, I met Emmett Brislawn, who had spent a lifetime building an apprenticeship program based on that logical structure, After about three years of full time studying, on top of the five I did by myself, I realized it was stupid to invest this much time studying the art of horsemanship and trying to compete with horseman who have never even started to study the art.
The solution was simple, not easy. Just document the complete process from the natural horse to the upper levels and make it public domain. This will put all the non-professionals into the correct amateur status. With the millions of horses people are trying to train, this is the only professional approach possible if you care about horses.
The horse industry tries to pretend this logical education process exists, and they are just specialists of a small part of the process. When you actually go look for this process in action, you will find it does not exist.
Most people will not approach horsemanship from the education process. Building a quality education process that actually fit the horse is a much more involved process than training horses, as it actually requires the honest study of the natural horse as the core of the education process. If you pretend that education process actually exits, the horse will continue to suffer from ignorant training processes.
The correct education structure for learning horsemanship is a master/apprentice based education process based on the study of the natural horse. Ideally, every master should run a natural horse herd for his student and himself to study. It is off of that direct study the master horseman should pass on his craft. When you look at all the money we waste on saving horses, drugs for horses, bills for injuries, there is no reason that professional horsemanship cannot support a quality-training format based on the actual study of the natural horse.
The issue is, the horse industry will never drive the push for educated horseman. It is too easy to sell amateur horsemanship to beginners. If you want a quality professional grade horsemanship, you are going to have to demand a quality natural horse to upper level education process. If the structure was in place, which it is not, you could spend a life time study all or part of this process.
You have to understand this as a professional so you can restrict the study of your art to a logical education process, instead of a series of disconnected techniques. When you do this, you will find out how quickly and relatively easy most of the confusion created by the past 100 years of amateur horsemanship disappears. It is only the professional discipline that will allow that to happen.
Since this is a reference for horseman studying horsemanship as an art, it has to be presented as my study of the art of horsemanship. If the profession actually studied a logical education process, overtime there would be a consensus on the basic education process and what does and does not work.
There is no way one person studying the art of horsemanship can do that, nor can an industry do that, unless they define the logical education structure.
The videos in this resource only have value within this education structure. While there are a lot of valuable techniques, the real value is they prove the process actually does exist. You will find a lot of “experts” applying the same quotes to their horsemanship, but the real question is does their process support their quotes. I have pulled out the quotes and techniques I have been able to validate in my education process. I did five years of research, studying and field-testing the difference between classical conditioned response verses operant conditioning, before Emmett Brislawn confirmed my result. The horse industry is incapable of doing the simplest of tasks, so there is no logical reason to expect them to honestly understand the complex.
The professional study of horsemanship as an art has been the most changing project of my life. Documenting the process has been as big of a challenge. The study of the natural horse has had the greatest impact on my horsemanship.
Very little of this would have been possible without the professional apprenticeship that Emmett Brislawn put together from his study of the art. That confirmed what I had been working on and expanded my horsemanship far quicker that I could have done on my own.
The true teachers of horsemanship, the Spanish Mustang nature horse herds are no longer roaming the plains on the Cayuse Ranch. They are sorely missed.