Craig Cameron Says Horsemanship Is Communication
by Kevin DeBusk
Growing up, on a ranch, in Texas Craig Cameron gained an understanding of horses. Cameron now uses that understanding to teach others world wide how to work as one with horses.
"I've been conducting these seminars for about twenty years," Cameron reported. "People ask why I got in this originally and I tell them I did it for the people and the horses. I want to see people and horses get a better deal. The philosophy of trying to make a horse do it or whipping him into it doesn't work any better on the horse than it does you and me.
"I want to give the horse an opportunity to be a better horse and the same for the person. You have to present it to them in a way they understand and give them the time it takes to understand."
Achieving this understanding takes quality training and communication. "The one word I think describes horsemanship best is communication," Cameron said. "Teaching is the art of communication. It's the art of two minds listening and two minds open.
"You have to be consistent in your training. You can't just come out and ride them one day and then come out a week later. You have to take that time and give them the opportunity to get better with you. When we do it's amazing how good the horse can come across."
Attitude and discipline are also keys. "Attitude is important," he remarked. "Attitude starts with you and the horse can pick-up on it if you're afraid or apprehensive. I believe you get what you give.
"Discipline is an art form and you want to discipline where it has a learning and positive effect. You have to realize this learning takes time. I tell people I don't want to break a horse, I want it to be more like a friendship, with trust and respect. Work with him and not against him. Don't try to force the horse or make him do anything."
Cameron also believes you can't rush a horse. "People are trying to make it happen fast," he commented. "Anything that's worth while takes time and realize when the horse came into the world it didn't know what you wanted out of him. Education is a slow process. This getting it done in a day or thirty days isn't going to get the job done. You never stop training on a horse."
Positive training not only trains the horse but also makes a better-rounded person. "I think it teaches us as much as it does the horse," he commented. "It teaches you patience, consistency and understanding. All the things you want from a kid, a person or yourself."
For those looking at becoming trainers or wanting to refine their tools Cameron suggests schooling. "Find someone who is consistently good with horses and learn from them," he stated. "That's the easiest way to do it. You know that old school of hard knocks is a long slow process of trial and error."
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