CFN– This Column of “Spirits in Unity” is being published by CFN for the community of Stormont Dundas & Glengarry. It is an honour to have you as a reader. I welcome any comments, questions or topics you would like me to discuss. I hope you enjoy reading about the wonderful world of horses and the impact that natural horsemanship can have in making it a better world for both horses and humans.
In the beginning I had to accept whatever knowledge was passed on to me by various instructors who were probably just passing on what others had taught them. But was it true knowledge?
Have you ever noticed how a myth or even an outright lie, when repeated enough times can appear to become the truth? How do we distinguish myth from true knowledge? In horsemanship terms, true knowledge is ’natural know how’. It is based on the science of nature. It is based upon psychology and understanding of the animal you are dealing with. Unfortunately, for all our supposedly superior intelligence, we humans seem to find it difficult to tell the difference between fact and fiction. I know I did. You see the problem is, you don’t know what you don’t know until you know it. So you have to seek out others to improve your competency.
There are four stages of competency: The first is unconscious incompetence. The people at this stage are those who continue to do what they have always done, whether it works or not. But if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten. In some cases these people at this stage don’t even realize how incompetent they really are. I was stuck at this level for a long time.
Shotgun was the catalyst that helped me strive to become a horseman. Through his inspiration I discovered Pat and Linda Parelli 10 years ago and that has changed my life with horses and with humans as well.
Whether you are just a horse lover, have dreams of owning a horse someday, or already have one, I hope these columns will give you some insight into the true nature of these magnificent creatures. I hope you will find them both informative and inspirational.
May all your dreams come true,