Buck Brannaman needs little introduction. A gifted teacher and horseman, we were lucky enough to have him visit with us again in June, at Aintree International Arena. Riders of all ages, on a variety of horses, spent three days learning from Buck, in what can only be considered horsemanship nirvana. I was fortunate enough to spend some time talking with Buck after the first day of the clinic. Candid, warm and humble, Buck shares his thoughts with me about life and horses.
Cathy Sirett, author of Complete Confidence, and Kate chat about confidence and the journey that led Cathy to write her book. They explore the tools that help people move from anxiety to waking up excited to spend time with their horses and achieve their equine goals.
Western Horse UK talks with Pat Parelli at his UK Master Class
WHUK: What does Horsemanship mean to you?
Pat: The word horsemanship is used a lot, to me horsemanship is using communication, understanding and psychology. If you aren’t communicating on that level, then you may be using mechanical devices, fear, or hope and a prayer!
If you look up horsemanship in a dictionary, it simply says ‘The art or practice of riding on horseback’ this doesn’t go far enough to define horsemanship to me. My definition is ‘perspective and a progressive set of safe skills for horse and human to become partners’.
Dubbed the ‘Carrot Man’ by his peers, this world-class Italian showjumper attributes his success to an alternative approach.
As told to Melanie Crouch
A chance post on social media got us intrigued by Italian showjumper Luca Marai Moneta, an international rider with unconventional methods. Following his 2013 Puissance win at Olympia, which landed him on the front cover of Horse and Hound, we were determined to meet him and find out more about his horsemanship approach. We caught up with him at the Longines Global Champions Tour in London.