From the Heart of Our Horseman, LHH Defined

Eitan riding Holiday CompadreLHH by Eitan

'Eitan and Santa Fe RenagadeLight Hands' represents the highest achievement between horse and rider. There are no short cuts on the road to its success. It is a pure partnership built on trust and reward. Light hands are accomplished when full use of the riders correct aids have maintained the horse in balance, cadence and carriage. When a horse is taught to “balance himself” and not rely on the riders hands to hold him in frame, “lightness” occurs.

For me, Light hands represents my own journey in horsemanship. It is what I wish to accomplish with each horse I train. For me, the principles of dressage are the foundation to 'Light Hands Horsemanship'. This is true for every breed and every discipline. I am a western horseman by trade but my 'light hands' were built from the school of dressage.

Light hands begin with the lead rope. From there to the advanced horse,  it is a long, exciting and rewarding journey. The feel of “lightness” is like no other. It, in itself is the reward.

Eitan Beth-Halachmy was inducted into the American Morgan Horse Hall of Fame at their annual convention in the winter of 2011.


LHH by Lester

"What I see in the "Light Hands Horsemanship" venue is unique in a very diversified group of horsemen sharing their combined and different experiences and knowledge  to help people see a tremendous large scale approach to understanding the horse and getting the best out of them by working on ourselves and our horses.  To my knowledge this is the only clinic or seminar that is this diverse and everyone can come away with something for them and their horse. " LJB

LHH by Dr. Miller

Lightness in horsemanship has always been a goal for serious  horseman.  Everybody appreciates the horse that responds to gentle  and subtle signals from our hands, our legs , or our seat.  The great  horseman in history who bothered to write down their methods, failed  to explain the success of those methods scientifically.  That's  because science had not yet come to understand the technology.

Today we do understand.  At the 2009 Light Hands Horsemanship Clinic  I will explain, HOW lightness is achieved.  Then four great trainers  will demonstrate that concept on horses ranging from the unstarted  horse to  the highly advanced horse.


Light Hands Horsemanship is pleased to congratulate LHH clinician, Dr. Robert Miller on his 2012 Western Horsemen Magazine award of Western Horseman of the Year. This very prestigious award will be presented to Dr. Miller at the 2012 Road to the Horse in Murfreesboro, TN.

LHH by Jon 

The Light Hands Horsemanship Extravaganza is a meeting of individuals that have over two hundred combined years of experience.  No where will you find a group of such diverse horseman so willing to share their real world experience.  

Light Hands gives the ability to reach the horses body through his mind; a greeting of sorts, a hand shake of the Heart. I hope to see you all there for this truly amazing event.

 

LLH by Art

Light Hands Horsemanship is an opportunity to engender a learning experience with natural horsemanship, unparalleled anywhere in the world.

I am honored to be able to provide my farm for this venue and to be part of a revelation that will change forever, man's association with the horse.

LHH by Jack

Light Hands Horsemanship.... a Fabulous opportunity for all horsemen to observe the complete training of the horse from A-Z.  From the colts first ride to the finished horse.  Horses will be schooled in the beginning work, then on to the introductory stages, then on to the advanced work followed by the finishing work.  Good horsemen will work with the horses through the various stages of training and viewers will receive in-depth instruction on proper training of the performance horse. Light Hands Horsemanship...the ultimate in "how to" horsemanship. Excellent horsemen demonstrate training techniques, and training exercises to use on the horse at all stages of their ability. Probably the most comprehensive two day clinic in America.  A fabulous learning experience.

Jack Brainard
Legendary Texas Horseman and Author
Inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame in 2010

LHH by Anne

It has been a privilege to work with and along side of the wonderful clinicians of Light Hands Horsemanship. I was truly THE example of the tolerance and open-mindedness that this group brings to the world of educating the horseman. Their ONLY goal is to make the life of each horse a bit easier by promotion of kind and intelligent training methods. My initial part in this clinic was as a volunteer. It was at this time that I realized that these men truly wished to promote methods that could help all disciplines and breeds. Their comfort level with their own methods became so evident as they truly opened their "bag of tricks" up for all to share....noting that this was only one of many ways to help educate a horse. Their openness in sharing with one another and with their audiences was life changing for me. Coming from a breed that is often misrepresented or misunderstood as well as a discipline also perceived in that manner, the clinicians were not only open with their ideas but were genuinely interested in what my breed group had accomplished and how we had achieved those goals. This free exchange of ideas and methods, their willingness to suggest that I try this or that method on a colt to teach him something new was nothing short of enthralling.

Now that is a big word, but it is very appropriate when you come from a background of training where "secrets" used to be kept only by the trainers and not shared with the owners and general public. It is clinics like this that are good not only for our horses but also for our own souls.  Reinforcement for what you are working on by another is great, and a different avenue to get there can be a real life-saver. The days spent at this clinic with the wonderful clinicians involved allow each participant to get to know the clinicians, and discuss their personal issues with horses they have or have had. It is a one of a kind experience. I was honored to be 2008's guest clinician discussing what I have become most noted for,....the rider. To have light hands one has to have a correct independent seat. The topic which did not really accentuate any one seat, but discussed the general similarities they all have, helped fill in our attendees on their responsibilities as a rider not just as a trainer.

To spend 2 days with clinicians of this type in the splendor of Art Perry's beautiful Intrepid Farm is a treat for anyone who loves a horse and wants to meet some of our horse world's true greats. What an experience for me to call these 4 men my friends as well as my mentors. Hope to see you there in 2009.

   Anne D Judd

AnneJudd@aol.com

LHH by Richard

I’ve watched the Light Hands Horsemanship event from afar and now I’m honored to be a guest clinician for 2010. This event has become the “gold standard” for those who are serious and passionate about horse/human relationships on a higher level. I’m excited about participating and learning from the extraordinary line-up of clinician presenters. I’ll be sharing my own insights and philosophy of horsemanship as well. I think people will see varied techniques and styles in each of our presentations. However, I believe the consistency of philosophy and attitude will bring harmony to the weekend and inspire all of us to reach for the next level of horsemanship. Light Hands Horsemanship has become a 5-star event in the horse world and I’m thrilled to be a part of their 2010 event!

LHH by Rick

One of the highlights of my year is emceeing the Light Hands Horsemanship Clinic each May in Santa Ynez, California. It’s always a learning experience for me and it renews my dedication to being light with my horse. Now, I’ll admit right up front that I’m just a pup in all this compared to the great horsemen who teach at Light Hands. But I’m learning, and I can tell my horse is grateful for the effort.

What is so good about being light in how you cue your horse? Well, it’s more humane, for one thing and that means it’s more worthy of a human being. It’s also more just in the sense of being fairer to the horse, allowing him to respond to the smallest amount of pressure possible. But here’s the real kicker: it works better! I’ve been experimenting with this, being as light as I can with the reins and legs. It means being really tuned in to the horse because the response may be just as light as the cue. But when you feel that and reward it and are able to build on it, well that’s one of life’s really special moments.

The other thing about getting light in the hands is that it requires you to be light throughout your whole body, even your mind. For us humans, the hands are so special. I mean, think of what is done with the hands. Everything from a piano concerto to brain surgery. The eyes may be windows to the soul but the hands are hardwired to the heart. You can’t be impatient or angry or aggressive and still have light hands. Conversely, when you consciously and deliberately lighten your hands, your heart, your entire being must follow. It has no choice. Exquisite prey animals that they are, horses respond to that.

So here’s my parting suggestion, which can be applied with horses and with people: the next time you are inclined to turn up the pressure, first try turning it down. You just might be surprised at the result.
Rick Lamb

LHH by Sheila

Of all of the training and horse education seminars I have been to the Light Hands Horsemanship (LHH ) leads the way. The clinicians are extremely good with each one's philosophy and teaching flowing into the next clinicians as smooth as glass. For a horse enthusiast that wants a method of training a horse from the beginning to the end the LLH is a must. For those of us that participated as clinicians it was extremely interesting to watch and learn from the other clinicians since there is always new things to learn, besides that it is fun to meet new trainers that are very talented and great teachers. I think all of us that have participated in this sort of educational horse activity before recognize how very special the LHH weekend is.
Sheila Varian
www.varianarabians.com

 

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