Once James had completed his second year of the Wild Card Competition with Road to the horse, they took some time to apply all that they had learned to their program.
One of the main goals was to refine all they had learned over the previous 8 years and channel it into the ability to help a student connect with and develop their horses individual characteristics, playdrive with their personal goals.
A number of intangibles come along with this unique approach to horsemanship. It takes a person and horse past the step by step exercises that any program has, past the core strategies that is the base of all quality horsemanship, and into a realm that sometimes goes against what may seem intuitive, and trusting a process that slowly draws out a fabric that is woven between all that we do with our horses.
Sometimes these intangibles can challenge our understanding of horses and horsemanship, sometimes it requires us to open our minds, sometimes it requires us to do less of something than we thought we had to, and sometimes it requires us to trust that patience and building our training through layers will get us there faster.
But time and time again, James and Kate have seen that if we can trust the application of this style of horsemanship, one thing is for sure: our horse's ability to connect with us while aligning clarity and desire with the goals we have can reach a level that can become a horseman's dream.