From: "True Horsemanship Through Feel” By Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond
Q: Are there any problems that can't be fixed with this approach?
Bill: This approach will fix any horse or any human being with his horse. It will fix them.
It depends on how long it takes a person to learn how to apply feel [Pp. 318-322].
Anytime you run into something that bothers a horse, why you welcome that. There's an opportunity there for that horse to learn about the basics. When that life comes up in him and he's got real interest in being away from someplace, why that's a good time to get with the feel of that horse so he can pick up your feel. You wouldn't use any firmness [Pg. 322] to go against the life that comes up in him. No, that's when you'd flow along with what was flowing along inside of him, in terms of his energy and the way he's got it tied to his concern for self-preservation [Pg. 354].
Let's say that you come to a big ditch. You want to take him into it an an angle so the horse can learn to travel through it and then come out the other side, down a little ways. There's no rush for this. When you have a little time to work on anything that's bothering to the horse, why it's very beneficial. There'd be no speaking about punishing a horse if a problem came up for him, not by any means. This is what we're trying to stay entirely away from.
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