Hi! My name is Sandi Forester. I’ve been passionate about horses for most of my life and involved with training and teaching for 43 years. My passion has never diminished and I find myself increasingly fascinated by these magnificent creatures. They are artistic masterpieces, substantial in size and gentle in spirit. They willingly partner with mankind, serving us for centuries as general transportation, taking our troops into battle, carrying mounted police, delivering mail, milk, and medicine. They have been and continue to be an elite status symbol for some, and in today’s world are primarily entertainment and pleasure for a vast number of people.
“Horse people,” real horse addicts cannot imagine a life without their horse, resulting in never ending topics to discuss with like minded individuals. We may have nothing else in common, but this one common ground is enough to form a society of sorts! So, this blog will have several topics where I’d like share my experiences, opinions and information with you and invite you to share yours as well.
Today, being the first post I’d like to talk about Natural Horsemanship. Regardless of your style of riding, your level of riding, or your breed of horse, it all begins with the understanding of the horse in nature. With the study of the horse we can learn to communicate, train, and partner with them. By understanding the instincts, natural behavior, and language of the horse, I believe the spirit of the horse and rider can come together in harmony. I am sure that every horse-loving person would like to have such a relationship with their partner.
So, who is the horse? First and foremost, he is a PREY animal. He must rely on his instincts for survival from the predator. And who are we? The human is a PREDATOR. Understanding the difference of both the physical and psychological aspects between prey and predator is the first step in the process of communicating and training your horse using Natural Horsemanship.
I look forward to sharing my views on these essential subjects in detail with future posts, followed by how we can use this information in training our horse using a soft and natural approach. Additional areas of discussion will be classical dressage, general training, and horse care and management. I also plan to introduce you to some of the horses I work with now, and horses who have taught me along the way.
I hope you will enjoy my blog, and I encourage you to comment at any time.