Tara Orlin Horsemanship Philosophy (PAGE UNDER UPDATE)
Natural Horsemanship takes its inspiration from how the wild horses communicate. It is communication in a way that the horse understands and accepts. You dont use force or painful equipment to teach the horse, you teach the horse to think for itself. You always let the horse choose. You ask and offer something instead of telling. You simply make it easy for the horse to choose what you want, and difficult for the horse to choose what you dont want. And most importantly, you reward the smallest try to motivate the horse to continue trying. It is based on a simple technique using pressure and release in the same way the horses use pressure and release when the communicate together.
Horses are proud and intelligent animals. By letting them choose and be part of the training, they get to use their brain and think. You develop a communication based on feeling and listening. When you and your horse get good at it, only the smallest movement of your body or breath, will tell the horse what to do.
Training the horse from the ground and develop a good relationship is one of the most important things to me. This is where the communication and bonding really starts. Groundwork is the fundament of the training. A horse that does the groundwork well, will most likely be good to ride also. Getting to really know your horse is important. Groundwork and spending time with your horse from the ground, will strengthen the bond between you and your horse. With a few excercises you can create mutual respect, trust and understanding.
Training the horse at liberty is a great way to see the truth. When you set the horse free you will see how well trained the horse actually is. It will also allow the horse to be completeley itself. Training the horse at liberty is usually the first step when I start to train a horse. If you want to be good at understanding horses, this is a great way to start.
I have been riding horses for a long time and experienced many different ways of training. I no longer fit into any category. My way of riding is inspired by Western, Classical Dressage and Doma Vaquera. I stopped using bits in 2013, believing that you can teach the horse the same things without it. I encourage the horse to self collect, and I want the horse to be manoeuvrable without having to use the reins. I want the horse to feel like we are doing things together, and that a little movement of my weight or legs is enough to tell the horse what to do.
Like Pat Parelli says: The more you use the reins, the less the horse use its brain.
When I ride I want the horse to be comfortable, and I want to feel like the horse is an extension of my own body. Riding the horse should be comfortable, light and easy.
FREERIDING (TACKLESS RIDING)
This is a lot like training the horse at liberty. When you take away the bridle and the reins, and set the horse free, you are left with the truth. Will the horse still listen to you when it is free to do whatever it wants?
Another important thing about freeriding is that it can change the horse. It is a great way to teach the horse to truly respect and accepts the rider. The bond you will develop with your horse, when you can just jump on with no tack and ride wherever you want, is indescribable. It means a lot to the horse that you are willing to take this step and show the horse that you trust him.
I belive any horse can be trained. If a horse is acting out for some reason, I try to understand why. When you understand them it is more easy to help them. With natural horsemanship and natural training, I belive its possible to train any horse, no matter the problem.
No matter what kind of riding you are doing, I think the most important thing you can do is to show the horse that you care. Spend time with the horse, not just ride them. Try to figure out what your horse likes to do. Learn how to communicate with the horse when it is free. People take these things for granted, but it is important for a good relationship, and it means a whole lot to your horse.