April 2020 Community Report continued….
I started this newsletter a while back, but it didn’t get finished and a lot has happened since I wrote the first draft. I wanted to take the amount and think about what horsemanship has done for us. If you are anything like me the time I’ve spent improving my horsemanship has done far more than I ever thought it could and wanted to think about that, fill you in on a few things and start sharing amazing, interesting stories from students.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, I made a commitment to use this time to do the most I could for myself and others and that’s just what we have been doing.
The clinics this spring except for one, all were full with a waiting list. I was excited to get everyone going, and so far we have rescheduled the first two to a later date and may have to reschedule the others. The year was looking very busy with both Mane Events and Heart of the Horse plus all the regular camps and clinics. Hopefully, soon, the distancing will be lifted and we can get back to the new normal. I have not been bingeing on the news only watching – maybe half an hour every 4 days.
I’ve been obsessing on what I can use this time so I can improve the future and the present. We have been steadily planning and organizing,7 days a week and I usually quit about 9 pm each day. Learning lots and preparing lots.
I asked myself 3 weeks ago how can I give triple the educational value that I presently have? I like to ask myself a question no matter how outlandish it might seem and keep asking myself the question until I come up with an answer. I put my mind to work and then go off about my business. Your mind actually works for free and starts supplying answers, not all good but you just keep asking. It is amazing what your mind can come up with. All the details will be available soon and some people will be starting April 20th. Very Excited!!
The Horse Ranch, what is it we do? What’s it all about?
When this first started [The Horse Ranch] I thought I was going to be teaching people about horses, making people safer, making horses happier. Well, I was in for a big surprise, It has become that and so much more.
Life-changing is what it’s been for me as it has for so many other people as well.
20 years of teaching has flown by with life lessons continually sprinkling down sometimes pouring down.
It feels like nonstop learning, changes and being outside the comfort zone. The circle of people and friends continually growing. People from around the world that we talk with regularly and see each year and wished they lived next door. People that come as clients that are now best friends. Many evenings spent around the campfire or days sharing the view from the top of a mountain. Experiences that started out as a camp or clinic and became a complete change in perspective of where and what we want out of life. Seen things, spoke things, listening to things that moved us to tears of realization, happiness, self-awareness, and personal growth. Made connections that go way beyond the physical with humans and animals to places we might not off known existed. We’ve been scared, frustrated, amazed, humbled, elated, ecstatic, excited, nervous, unsure and thrilled. Doors have opened, opportunities have been presented all these things because we are in pursuit of being safer, having more fun, becoming better for ourselves and our horses. This journey towards becoming a horseman is far more amazing than I had ever imagined.
This last year and the years before are unlike anything I could have imagined before starting down this trail. The depth of change, experiences, struggles and triumphs most of us have felt and witnessed are worth remembering and savoring. Thousands of us have shared experiences with each other here at The Horse Ranch, at competitions in Canada and abroad, learning adventures around the world and many of them were life-changing or at the very least perspective-changing. The more I learn, the more I learn how to learn, the more I realize I need good perspectives, not just a perspective. We’ve watched people do things they knew they couldn’t, listen to people explain about their amazing life changes, watched people make amazing life changes and choices. Seen noisy people get quiet and quiet people get noisy. Seen tears of overwhelm from the sheer beauty of a mountain top or the climb to get there. Tears of accomplishment, tears of frustration and determination of something not quite completed.
I feel very honored and fortunate to have shared in it with so many and experienced the same things myself. I think the pursuit of Horsemanship and all it brings for us should never be taken for granted. Memories are something we make – let’s make some more. Thank you, for sharing and being part of my journey.
The Horse Ranch Community has grown well outside the borders of the ranch and extends to many people in many countries. I love seeing and hearing the stories of what pursuing horsemanship has done for so many and it’s the reason that gets me up in the morning. I wanted you to be able to hear the stories from some of the people going down the same path.
I met Jordan a few years ago, I’m going to say it seems 4 years and it was immediately obvious his desire to learn. I knew this was going to be fun. It has been fun, and he truly has a desire to learn. He was kind enough to write a few thoughts down for me that I thought you might really enjoy.
If you would like to share your story with us – we’d love to hear it! Send it along to email@example.com.
Horsemanship: A Look in the Mirror – February 2020
Look in the mirror. That’s where it’s all at. Know that what you see is what you get and what you get is fantastic.
When it comes to playing with horses, and really about anything else I can think of, we are working with ourselves. Any trouble we may be having as we work with our horses is something to be excited about because it’s an opportunity to learn. Where we struggle is where we grow, stretch, and become more. Too often it seems that people look at struggle or being uncomfortable as a bad thing. It is actually a good thing, something to maybe be grateful for.
The only way to never have trouble or stress is to be dead. Learning is an ongoing series of feelings. You know when you’re trying to accomplish something with your horse and it’s difficult, you’re in a major learning curve, yippee!!! You’re progressing and moving forward. We can choose to be excited and fascinated or frustrated, mad and sad.
Horsemanship is a process of discoveries and having a program can help you read a horse and develop the skills like feel and timing. I often ask people, “What are the two things that horses love more than anything in the world?” You can’t buy them. You’re not born with them. Nobody can give them to you. But you can develop them. Those two things are feel and timing. You have to work at it, but it can be very fun, fulfilling and rewarding if you view it that way. We don’t know what we don’t know which is just fine. There is no way to know until we get some guidance from someone or stumble across it on our own. Then we know but there will still be a lot of other things we don’t know.
Once we discover something, we don’t know then you can start the process of trying to be able to actually do it. I have people that really would like some help with the horsemanship skills but are so worried that someone might see them learning so they never get the help that they so badly want. Other people do show up but say things like, “I can’t,” or, “This doesn’t work and that doesn’t work,” or “I’m totally messing up everything,” meanwhile I just watched them do the exact thing they think they can’t do. Other times the person is so close to getting a major breakthrough but won’t stick with it. They might be two tries away or 1 minute from getting something accomplished, but they give up just before it happens. Then they start again and give up again just before it happens. They might spend hours or weeks doing the same thing but stopping 30 seconds too early. If we haven’t accomplished some of these things often, we don’t know that many are just right there – a breath away. If we are learning, we might not know that we just got something amazing because we are looking for something else.
I like to tease folks when they say, “I can’t go to a clinic because I don’t like people watching me.” I tease them and ask them why they think they are so important that everyone came to watch them.
Other folks say, “I can’t do anything right.” That’s obviously not true so why even say it? It only causes your brain to try and prove you right and look for reasons to back up what you said. Even if that was true, which it is not, then fantastic: you’ve got lots of things to learn and just think how amazing your world will be as you start doing things right. I’ve started over 2000 colts and I’m still learning. That’s why I’m so passionate about what I do because thanks to the horse I get to always discover more ways to improve and grow. “Learning” is moving forward, being progressive, and strengthening the mind and body, which is something to be admired. Our horses are thrilled when we go out and learn and improve our skills because they benefit from it. We need to always remind ourselves that the only way to not make any mistakes is to not do anything. The more forward and progressive you are, the more you might stumble. Support yourself in your learning with positive thoughts and comments. Know that hiding from or staying away from difficulties doesn’t make them go away.
The more we learn, the more exhilarating it becomes, and our horses become. All of a sudden there are great horses everywhere.
Be your own best and have fun doing it.
What is your dream with your horse?
Whatever your dream may be, if you have the horsemanship, you can live the dream. It’s just that simple. Join us The Horse Ranch this summer and live the dream! Now accepting bookings for the summer Horsemanship Camps and Horsemanship Intensive in June – and – new for 2020 our Putting Principles to Purpose Camp in August.
Glenn offers year-round educational horsemanship programs at his facility near Fort Saint John, BC and is travels leading clinics throughout BC, AB and the USA. Long-term study and professional programs are now available.