Gaining Teaching Experience
|John and Scratch leading a trail ride in San Benito.|
People have all kinds of expectations with their horses. A couple of the people I'm working with want to have a "pet" relationship with their horse. This is quite likely the most difficult challenge for me to overcome. I want them to have that "loving" relationship with their horse THEY want, while trying to get the horse to have the RESPECTFUL relationship with the owner THEY need. This is quite different from my past occupation where "The customer is always right" reigned as a priority.
The horses I've worked with always started with the Downunder Horsemanship Method from the basics. It didn't matter how much the horse did or didn't know. We started from the top. The people I'm helping, don't want to do that. Even though I encourage them to get the same tools I used to build my horsemanship, they want to skip that part. My response has been to just keep hammering the safety aspects and to get them safe. If the learning is a little slower, then that's on them.