I had recently been working with a special project when a flock of Starlings gathered. I watched them awhile and Ray Hunt`s quote from Turning Loose came to mind. He said, "IT does exist but most people miss it." Now he could have meant a lot of things but, I think he was referring to this characteristic that all animals who "group together" have. I pictured a school of fish, a flock of birds, herd animals. Interesting that science is just catching up to what we who work with herd animals already know..........that birds, fish and herd animals do not crash into each other because they "feel" for one another and "go" together. Not only do birds in a flock feel for the birds around them but they feel for the whole flock, which is why huge flocks can all change direction in half a second. They could not do so if they were looking at each other to take signal from those around them, they would have to feel each other`s energy or they would be too late.
Just what we are looking for with our horses; a herd of two that moves as one.
I would also love to hear you elaborate on the Knights Templar and the Mass held in Spain that includes the knowledge about hooking on. I got the chills when you briefly mentioned something similar about bullfighting in your lecture at the George Morris clinic. Im not having any luck googling the subject.
I volunteer to teach horsemanship at a Christian Bible camp in the summer and am always looking for the wisdom of Christian metaphors in teaching our good horsemanship concepts.
By the way, my new project is a Longhorn steer. I feel he`s been sharpening my horsemanship basics (no pun intended) and taking me to a new level. You can`t get in close and physically push around a creature that has 55 inches of horn.
Thank you for all you do to share your knowledge. The horses benefit greatly.
But of course, how foolish of me. Just like Tom and Ray, you give enough information so as to "set things up" and then it is up to us to expand ourselves to "to search and find it"; that way our learning will become more complete and personal. No spoon feeding, instead, food for thought.