Another passion of ours here at Equine Essential Wellness is horsemanship. Here are some of my favorite horsemanship quotes to help motivate and inspire you!
My top 5 picks of the 20 Horsemanship Quotes
They are all great picks for inspiring your horsemanship, but these were my favorite picks for the day:
“The application and release of pressure can be the rise or fall of a horse” ~Kalley Krickerberg
“The horse is a reflection of the rider’s ability.” ~Ray Hunt
“Take the time it takes so it takes less time.” ~Pat Parelli
“You’re not working on the horse, you’re working on yourself.” ~Ray Hunt
“Horsemanship is the art of mastering our own movements, thoughts, emotions and behavior. Not the horses.” ~Mark Rashid
15 More Horsemanship Quotes
“You need to have a picture in your mind of what you want your horse to do.” ~Ray Hunt
“If you are only a student of technique, then the options become very limited. On the other hand, when you are a student of the horse, the options are unlimited.” ~ Mark Rashid
“Slow and right beats fast and wrong” ~ Pat Parelli
“The horse will teach you if you‘ll listen.” ~Ray Hunt
“It is not the great trainer who can cause his horse to perform. The great trainer can cause a horse to want to perform.” ~Monty Roberts
“Work with the horse, not against him. Always listen to what the horse is trying to say. And always think for yourself.” ~Mark Rashid, Horsemanship Through Life
“If you are going to teach a horse something and have a good relationship, you don’t make him learn it – you let him learn it.” ~Ray Hunt
“The horse may not be doing the thing that is the right thing for what the rider is asking him, but as far as the horse is concerned, he is doing the right thing.” ~Tom Dorrance
“A horse doesn’t care how much you know, until he knows how much you care.” ~Pat Parelli
“One of the biggest problems I see when working with folks and their horses is that the vast majority of people have been trained to always look for the bad things their horses do. Because they’re always looking for the bad, they easily overlook the little tries and sometimes have trouble seeing the good in their horse, even when the good jumps up and bites them in the butt.” ~Mark Rashid, Horses Never Lie: The Heart of Passive Leadership
“The horse is a mirror. It goes deep into the body. When I see your horse I see you too. It shows me everything you are, everything about the horse.” ~Ray Hunt
“Foundation before specialization.”~Pat Parelli
“One of the primary ways horses communicate with us is through their behavior. Again, it is my belief horses don’t distinguish between how they feel and how they act. So if they act a certain way, their actions are reflecting the way they feel. A horse’s body then becomes a mirror for their emotions. So the body informs us of what is truly going on internally.” ~Mark Rashid, Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse and Rider
We hope you have found inspiration in these horsemanship quotes. Trust between you and your horse is a part of your horse’s health and wellness… we want to help you establish a firm foundation of health for your horse. I invite you to grab your copy of my book Healthy as a Horse and discover the forgotten framework of care that can transform your horse’s health. Click here to reserve your copy now.
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