An in-depth discussion of what this Horse’s Advocate site is all about.
This is a frank and open discussion of a simple question. Has horsemanship really disappeared or has it morphed into something unrecognizable to our forefathers? Let’s start with some assumptions.
- First, the horse and the human evolved for tens of thousands of years without each other’s help.
- Second, the horse was put into use by humans without the consent of the horse (the horse saw what humans did with cows and decided to go along with the riding and pulling a cart idea).
- Third, my definition of horsemanship describes the art of adapting the horse to the human world.
From the time when the idea of using horses to improve the life of the human became popular to the time Henry Ford developed the assembly line production of cars, the art of caring for the horse evolved into something that seemed to work. Whether the techniques used were in the best interest of the horse can be questioned, but all in all, people and horses existed in a mutually beneficial way. For example, 150 years ago I would be riding my horse to town and you would pass me on the road and stop to say, “Nice looking horse you have there.” I would reply “Thanks, and he can run fast too.” You then would say, “You haven’t seen fast till you see my horse go.” The wager would be set and we would agree to meet in the valley on Sunday after church to determine who had the fastest horse.
You can bet that we wouldn’t race that horse beyond his means because he needed to be able to go back to work on Monday. You can also bet that the horse was in shape because he was used, not kept in a stall for 23 hours a day.
Whether it is to protect the investment of a year’s earnings to buy the donkey to pull the cart in the Caribbean Islands or to get the most out of the sport horse you are investing your limited free time and money to train, every person becoming a Horse’s Advocate wants to do what is in the best interest of the horse. Some have a good understanding of horses and horse care but want to know of a group of like minded horse owners just to validate they are on the right track. Other owners have been given false or misleading information that has set them back or made their life miserable in the barn or at worst, has caused the death of their horse. Some people just feel stupid because no one has explained things in a way they can understand. This site is for all of you. Become A Member