Sometimes I wonder:
Who would have said
that I’d dedicate
myself to horses?
This was not my way of earning a living, or what I had studied, but when I got to know them, I realized how fascinating they are. I have always liked horses, although it was not until I was 20 years old that some friends and I decided to buy a mare and her foal.
Currently, with the clearest concepts about horses and dressage, I decided to dedicate myself to her baby and to practice the discipline of the classic dressage. Always a little apart from the competition, I have managed to achieve the main concepts, ride well on horseback and have a solid base.
Many times horses themselves teach us the little we know about them and are willing to teach us all that we still have to learn. The desire to learn and improve a bit more every day, at least in my case, has helped me to go forward.
After 25 years I radically changed my way of working with horses: I suppose that, as with many of us who work with horses, I always dreamt of improving my relationship with them and do many things with them… And quite honestly I had always thought that these animals didn’t understand much of what we told them or did with them, because it seemed that they were just so unresponsive.
How wrong I was!
So I got interested in natural horsemanship.
I had seen a few things, but when I put them into practice and thought they wouldn’t work, I put them aside. One day, however, I bought Parelli’s Seven Games. They didn’t seem like much—what’s more, if you don’t give them much consideration, they can be a bit boring. But I thought that by working the games out you could have better control of the horse in hand and a good base to continue working on the saddle.After that, and by investing many hours, I got better and realised that horses respond to other, much less appreciated stimuli. It’s as if there was a curtain that separates us from them: They fear us because we are predators, and once they overcome that fear everything changes.
It is then when you realize that they are in fact observers—they can differentiate and learn many things as long as they can relax and work with an appropriate system.
I have bee working on this system for the past five years. I can see I have a long way to learn yet, but I never imagined that I could do everything I do with horses and the opportunities this offers me.
Now I can say that I have a method of teaching and relating to the horse, and I am used to training and to make natural taming spacers: