I was raised on a small ranch in the Monterey Bay area near Aromas, California.
When I was growing up, I would learn about the rich history that surrounded me, especially about the old Vaqueros and their style of horsemanship that seemed to be unique to other types around the world.
It is in the doing of the job at hand, combined with the environment and how much time you have, that leads to the traditions and methods formed at different periods throughout history.
There is a time to go fast in working with horses or cattle, and there is a time to go slow.
The fast part of things does not necessarily mean that you sacrificed anything to get there. It can be a building-up effect in training.
For example, speeding up when needed could get you to a position you needed to be in before a cow runs out the gate.
The slow part of things is what you do whenever there is no requirement to go fast; this could be the majority of the time.
The slow work is a time to relax, and it's a time to let you and your horse think. This quiet time that you spend is precious.
Is there a way to work with horses and cattle, even dogs and humans, getting the job done, using a feel-based approach that truly considers their perspective first?
I believe there is!
If you can learn to get with the horse's idea from the beginning at the start of the day, or the beginning of a trail ride, this can let their defenses down, and from there, the horses can build trust.
I have been working with people, dogs, horses, and cattle in almost every working environment there is, and in different disciplines, from the race track to the ranch, to the backcountry wilderness to the small stable.
There are lessons to be learned and experiences to be discovered everywhere you go; keeping a fresh and open mind is paramount to learning.
I now make my home on our Ranch in Stevensville, Montana, with my wife, Eve and my two youngest sons William and Zane."
I travel the States and Europe, helping others learn to slow down, see more, think more, and get more done by doing less.