WHO KNEW THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE
WHO DON'T DO NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP
ANYMORE (OR NEVER DID!)
What a fascinating week this has been since an article from my website “went viral” online thanks to social media and a web-based horse publication. Written by Allana Kereluk, one of my guest authors, “Why I Don’t Do Natural Horsemanship Anymore” had more than 17,000 views on HorseNation.com as of this writing.
This little whirlwind started when a friend shared a Facebook post of the article. I was pleasantly surprised to see something that old from my website show up on my FB timeline. Curious whether the article had been traveling wider on social media, I did a search and found that it had, indeed, circulated among about a dozen people on FB. Interesting, especially for a piece that had languished on my site after a few responses when I ran it in my December 2010 newsletter.
I figured a few more FB shares would be mark end of the article’s second life. But the next day got a nice email from one of the editors at HorseNation.com asking for permission to re-publish the article. Allana gave her blessing and I granted permission with a bit of trepidation. We agreed that while we relished the chance to start a conversation about whether some of these training techniques are detrimental to horses, we fully expected a nasty backlash from the NH hardliners.
We’re both surprised that the comments have been very balanced, both on HorseNation and on social media sites like SnarkyRider (from where it’s shared just under 250 times at this writing). The people who disagree have, for the most part, been polite and sensible. What truly fascinates me is the sheer volume of people who wrote things like “This post really resonated with me.” and “Interesting!” and “Amen.”
PLAN YOUR HORSE'S FALL DETOX AND TONIC
Spring and fall are transitional times when our horses' bodies, as well as our own, may react to the stress of change. That makes the dog days of summer an ideal time to plan and gather supplies to strengthen and support your horse's vital systems.
Consider creating a regimen for detox and tonic, which is easy and fairly inexpensive when you choose individual herbs that address specific issues your horse might have in addition to the general stresses of the changing season.
In hot climates horses are relaxing a bit from the stresses of summer heat, while farther north the sudden drop in nighttime temperatures reminds us that keeping warm in winter burns metabolic energy.
Fall is a time when even the most mellow mares seem to have at least one very obviously uncomfortable heat cycle. And the number of colics ramps up, perhaps because cooler temps mean horses (and humans) drink less.
Learn more about how you can manage or even prevent some of these common change-of-season challenges from interrupting you and your enjoyment of fall's gorgeous riding weather by adding references such as these to your library:
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OPINION: WHY I DON'T DO
NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP ANYMORE
Natural horsemanship has value but it’s not for everyone. Allana Kereluk drank the Kool-Aid for six years before realizing that all she had to show for it was a spoiled brat horse she was too terrified to ride.