The Myth of Natural Horsemanship

Written by Tom Moates This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.46 Before going further, I’m compelled to clear the air regarding the term “natural horsemanship” for my own peace of mind, especially since it is pretty much unavoidable given the subject of this book. I must inform you that natural horsemanship is a […]

Your Attention Please

Written by Jeff Derby This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.39 “He works with God’s horses across this great nation, aware of their strong sense of self-preservation. He knows nature’s language, and often he’ll mention, before asking favors, first get their attention.” – From “The Master” by Louis J. Schwiebert  So begins the […]

How I spent my summer vacation… Riding the historic Alvord Ranch with Martin Black

Written by Steve Bell This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.31 It’s been said there’s nothing like an honest day’s work, and at Martin Black’s Clinic on the Alvord Ranch you can experience this satisfaction and much more from the buckaroo point of view. In over a week you can gain a practical knowledge […]

Doma Vaquera: My Journey in Understanding Spanish Tradition

This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.30 Juandero was a beautiful bay Azteca gelding. He didn’t just appear at my…He arrived! His presence was unmistakably alive, somewhat full of himself, but aware of everything around him and quite prepared to play. As I had the honor to begin to work with Juandero, I […]

The Via Appia

Written by Bettina Drummond This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.9 Editor’s Note: The term “Iberian” refers to the peninsula where the modern countries of Spain and Portugal are located. Breeds of Iberian descent include the Andalusian, Lusitano, Peruvian Paso , Paso Fino, Mangalarga Marchador, Criollo, Azteca, Sorraia, Spanish Mustang and Barb. Sometime ago, […]