Posts Tagged ‘horsemanship’

You are the Leader You Need

In the Northwoods, the leaves are all down and a few nights have dipped below freezing. Yet the weather overall has been great and these warm fall days seem so precious. With these final glorious days, I have taken a lot of time to work with horses.

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The Fourth Quarter Assessment

This last week, I went to a centered riding clinic to teach me to ride horses better. I have only been to one other clinic and it was over 10 years ago. I have no horsey friends around me. I largely live in a horse vacuum where it is just me and the horses. Almost everything I know I have learned from books, magazines and videos, but I have a real desire to know more and it is time I find someone to critique me.

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Two Important Principles Learned from Horses

By Rad Watkins

This month I have been focusing on lessons learned from horses. This is a big part of my life these days and I am actually working on a new book that will explore leadership lessons learned from horses. There are two lessons from horsemanship that have proven to be very helpful to me lately. The first has to do with requests we put on the horse and the second has to do with expected outcomes.

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John Lyons, America’s Most Trusted Horseman Talks ANIMAL LEADERSHIP

By Rad Watkins

Recently I was lucky enough to interview John Lyons, America’s Most Trusted Horseman. John has been a hero of mine since I discovered horses. He is very gentle, and develops willing partners in his horses. He follows the horseman’s rule and always puts the horse first. I have lots of his videos and books and I have learned a ton from him. In fact, because of him, I went from not knowing how to ride a horse at all to getting paid to “break” or better put “start” a horse for people. (more…)

Horsing Around

I have been addicted to horse play lately. I have a desire to be with my horses almost all the time, even if it is just working in the barn as they are nearby. It has actually become a distraction from much of my life; my family, work projects, and even leadership studies… but then again, has it?

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It has taken me a long time to get to the intermediate level of horsemanship; about 14 years. During that time I have read a lot about horses and horse training. I have watched a lot of videos. I have owned 10 different horses (I know that is ridiculous), and I have even done some training with other people’s horses. I still have a lot to learn, a ton! I know that there is way more for me to learn than I know. I am not even halfway there. I haven’t even scratched the surface. I have, however, learned a great deal. (more…)