I'm just a horseperson - the best I can be (on my good days). I'm no trainer, or expert, although I try to learn from those who know more than I do whenever I can. Blogging under these circumstances can be troubling. I know more than some and less than a lot - does that mean I should blog about my horse experiences, or not? I got one of those comments today - they're always "anonymous", not even a name - on one of my softness sidebar posts. The comment was to the effect that the idea was nice, but my hands were too low and my posture leaning forward. Yeah, guilty as charged - those are both riding faults I've struggled with for years - and some days I actually look better than that but a lot of days I don't.
I'm troubled by the whole blogging thing - I've got lots of followers and presumably some of them even read my posts. But should I be posting about this stuff? I'm no expert, don't presume to advise anyone else (particularly if I've never seen their horse and often not then), and think I have a long way to go in my horsemanship journey.
But somehow, I continue to think that the journey itself is valuable, and the small things I learn are valuable - at least to me and my horses although they may be obvious to others. I certainly don't think I have answers, although I continue to learn things from my horses. And I do strongly believe that there are certain ways of approaching and dealing with horses that are better than others - fairer, more effective and which take account of the horse and how the horse feels about things. I think better learning and connection come out from this foundation.
Perhaps I should take down some of the softness posts - they're certainly not always great examples of horsemanship. Perhaps this blog should just slim down to a riding log of what my horses and I experience each day. I'm a bit inclined that way right now.
Let me know what you think.