Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
As I have said on other posts I learned NH after I had already learned the “traditional” Australian style and spent my time doing it working cattle on cattle stations. It took a while, but by the time I was 18 I was doing all NH and moving into the Californio hackamore stuff. And MAN did I cop some flak for it. You would not believe the amount of times I would have people tell me things like
“you can’t ride in a hackamore in the bush”
“you can’t ride in a slick fork saddle on the bush”
“if you have reins like that [mecate] if you get thrown you will get hung up in them and dragged”
“fenders go over the bars of the tree, if you get hung up they won’t come off the saddle like stirrup leathers will off a stock saddle and you will get dragged”
“All that lateral lounging stuff is a waste of time”
“all that stuff is a short cut training horses, it will come undone one day”
And the list goes on. What I would do when I heard this sort of rubbish is to look around where I was riding, which was usually with a mob of cattle in THE BUSH and point out that I was in fact doing on a daily basis everything that they were telling me I couldn’t do. This would then usually bring about one of two retorts: 1) “Nah, I mean the REAL bush; this is nothing. (I could have been riding through a ****ed hedge at the gallop, or the best a horse could do trough a hedge, and it wouldn’t have been thick enough bush for those types of idiots); : Or 2) “well you will come unstuck one day, you’ll see”.
What they hated was that someone could get the job done as good as them with a horse more relaxed and calmer than theirs, which handled better, actually off its back legs, rather than turning by spinning its backside about, a horse that would jump on and off a truck with a hand signal, stand to be caught in the morning without two guys having to bail it up in the corner of the yard, stand and be shod without kicking, biting or trying to sit on you, the list goes on.
But now I notice that in “the bush” people like Clinton Anderson are becoming very popular, and one of the biggest selling saddles in Australia these days is a wade saddle, a slick fork saddle, after the half breed ones at least. I don’t know what it is but horse seem to bring out a lot of arrogance in people, and when they see something they don’t know or understand rather than learn from it they want to ridicule it; they are catching up now though, slowly.