My life has become more enriched through training and riding horses. Doing it not only well but also kindly is paramount. I want to help you, to obtain that interest and passion for training and learning by making it easy to understand. Horses are not complicated, people make it that way.
Looking to purchase my book. "A Better Way of Training and Riding Horses"
Demonstrations come in many guises but the main one I
consider important is that the instructor has a way of explaining physically to
a student what they are after, or to be able to give the rider a mental picture
of what it should look like. One of the most difficult things to understand
when learning is perceiving what your own body is doing; it is a very helpful
tool to have a mental picture of what it should look like, trying then to
emulate that picture, can be the first way to getting the feeling need to
execute a movement. With this in mind I consider it important that people see
me ride and train. For a rider also to be able to ask questions at this time is
extremely important. Now being totally honest there are times when sitting on
the clients horse to demonstrate can be of great use and yet may take a lot of
time out of the lesson whilst the horse undergoes the schooling necessary, so
in many ways having the student see me riding my horse can be far more
beneficial as explanations can be gone into in depth. If a student then sits on
my horse they have the chance to put a feeling against the picture that they
can take back with them to their horse.
My lot of my professional demonstration and exhibitions, as
you will see from some of the pictures on the site is of traditional Spanish
riding. The lance type object you see me using is called a Garrocha which is
the tool still used today in Spain by Vaquero riders to work the bulls and
cattle. Performing an artistic display around the Garrocha with the horse is an
art form and many have admired my skill. This can only be carried out in front
of the public correctly on highly schooled horses, sadly they don't live for
ever and my old display horses are now not with us. I would like to consider
that one day in the not too distant future, Bernie the OTTB will be out in
front of the public entertaining in some capacity and with practice hopefully
with the Garrocha.