It takes a brave person to stand back from everything they are doing with their animals and really question everything. But this is what we need to do in order to have a totally honest relationship based on trust.
I came across this article the other day, and wondered why, after three years of these findings being made public, people are still thinking that natural horsemanship, join up, round pens, whips and ropes, scaring horses by pressure-release etc is still a humane way to be acting around horses.
I believe it’s because change is hard, and unless we have an animal who is prepared to be abused and hurt, showing us that these methods do not work, we just keep going with the easy option.
It’s so sad, because “natural” horsemanship had so much promise years (and years) ago when it was first introduced. But the likes of Pat Parelli in the show ring beating up on his horse, his ego clearly getting the better of him, really should have highlighted to everyone that this is not going at the horses pace, or being kind.
I look forward to sharing “Mindfulness with Animals” and with you – but be warned … its uniquely compassionate way of really understanding your animal could just make you question everything you have previously thought that animals wanted!