The Silversand Natural Horsemanship Programme
The Silversand Natural Horsemanship Programme is designed to teach the principles of Natural Horsemanship to people who desire to work in a way that is more fitting to our horse's point of view.
It takes into account the horse's natural way of dealing with new situations and places and works on the supposition that he is always trying his best to deal with what is being presented to him. It is also the awareness that some things appear to the horse to be of a life threatening nature although this is not always apparent to us.
In fact the hardest thing for us as humans to do is to be able to see things from our horse's perspective. If we are unable to do this we will never truly get to the point where we can work together with the unity that comes from being totally tuned into each other.
The programme is divided into three parts - Basic skills, Intermediate skills and Advanced skills. Each of these areas is further divided into three parts to help break things down into progressive steps.
The Basic skills are designed to teach you how a horse thinks and learns, and has an emphasis on safety and control. There is a three video set available to help you with these skills.
The Intermediate skills will take on the concepts learned in the Basic skills and move into more accurate patterns and body suppling exercises. In this part we learn to be able to control our horse accurately in all sorts of different environments at high energy levels (speeds) while keeping our horse confident. At the end of this section you should have the knowledge to safely and confidently ride your horse anywhere.
The Advanced skills will be for people with serious competition goals and will include advanced gymnastic exercises and collected lateral work. This is an area that we will develop in conjunction with Philip Nye who will be my mentor. The whole programme is designed to help both horse and human develop their confidence progressively and gives the horse the opportunity to respond to our cues without fear or resistance.
The purpose of the programme is to teach you skills - it is not designed to be a test. To this end our horse's needs and our own principles become more important than goals. They need to be confident about us as leaders. We never wish them to be frightened of what we are asking as this will result in a loss of confidence and ultimately hinder the softness and unity we are hoping to achieve.