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Horsemanship Basics with Josh Nichol

Trainer and clinician Josh Nichol answers some common reader questions. His style of horsemanship is based on relationship, he says, which is very much a two-way street. “Mastery in horsemanship begins with a commitment to bettering ourselves. This starts with taking ownership and responsibility for our part of the story, which allows us to interpret the horse’s actions and performance more productively. When we are aware of – and work on developing – our side of the relationship, we truly facilitate not only growth in our horses, but growth in ourselves.” During my clinics, and through my interactive online program, I find that horse owners ask certain questions repeatedly. Many such questions are about problems that trace back to holes in the horse’s training, holes that can create fear, confusion and frustration for both horse and rider. Fortunately, most of these issues are not difficult to fix if you know…

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