Tuesday, November 23, 2010
7 Keys to Success - 3) Tools
"3) Tools - You have to have tools that work naturally. You should be able to tell a natural horseman by the tools he uses, and also by the tools he doesn't use or those he wouldn't use" quote Natural Horsemanship by Pat Parelli.
"Natural tools? rope halter or hackamore, 4 different lengths and types of ropes: 6 ft, 12 ft, 22 ft, and 45 ft. Stick or carrot stick, savvy string or bag.
Normal tools? Nylon web halter, 25 ft nylon web longe line, longe whip, longeing cavesson, stud chain, side reins, surcingle, twitches, breeding hobbles, regular hobbles and hot walkers." quote Natural Horsemanship by Pat Parelli
Why are these tools considered natural or un-natural? Pat explains the why and how in his book, "Natural Horsemanship".
Question: What do you use and why? Or rather what do you not use and why?
Challenge: Find a new use for your Carrot Stick. Not just as an extension of the arm, but maybe a toy for your LBE horse to put in his mouth, a magical wand that has treats on the end for your LBI. Find something that you usually wouldn't think of to use it for.