Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Princeton, Illinois
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Right brain, left brain and our approach to natural horsemanship
I'm reading Centered Riding by Sally Swift. In it she talks about how we are left brain/right brain thinkers and how we are left brain dominant, which is the linear, analytical thinking side. She talks about how we need to embrace more of our right side thinking, which is intuitive and looks at things in a broader view. This got me to thinking about different approaches to horse training, specifically natural horseman ship training styles. When I look at how Clinton Anderson and Pat Parelli present their methods in a 1-2-3 step process, I see that as appealing to peoples left brain dominant way of thinking. Where as Ray Hunt, Tom and Bill Dorrance talk mostly in non specifics about how we need to use "feel", to me that's a totally right brain concept. I started out using CA techniques and then moved to the Hunt/Dorrance approach with much more success, I have to say I agree with what Sally Swift is saying.
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