im·​mer·​sion | \ i-ˈmər-zhən : the act of immersing or the state of being immersed such as:

a: absorbing involvement: immersion in horsemanship

b: instruction based on extensive exposure to surroundings or conditions that are native or pertinent to the object of study especially foreign language instruction (such as Natural Horsemanship) in which only the language being taught is used.

Our guest blogger, Tina Patterson, who wrote for our newsletter last week, was our student for 2 weeks in July. We call that kind of a time investment a Horsemanship Immersion. Horsemanship is so much more than riding. It’s feeding, caring for, cleaning-up after, and working with horses and the facilities and equipment that support them. Tina was all in. She got up early to take care of her horse, Journey, and stayed busy and involved until all the work was done. She was interested in all aspects of our operation and the industry in which we work. And, she asked questions that made us consider what we do and how we do it.

Immersion may not be for everyone. Some of us like taking smaller bites and chewing slowly. Learning styles, prior experiences, and stage of life can all be factors in whether or not we want to immerse ourselves in any subject. I think back to when I was twenty-something and wanted to become a ranch hand. I took what jobs I could to immerse myself in ranching. Luckily, I found people that were willing to let me fumble through some things and took the time to teach me the other things that would one day make me valuable. Now, I’m a smaller bites kind of guy. If I understand the big picture, details, like puzzle pieces, put together in the puzzle one at a time, make more sense to me.

Tina didn’t want to fail. We reassured her that there was no pass/fail. There was only Try or No Try. Throughout her 2 weeks with us, Tina was nothing but Try. She impressed us with how thoughtfully she digested what we offered her and how diligently she practiced the things important to her and Journey. In the end, both she and Journey came out winners. Tina understood more about what was important and Journey began to truly develop a relationship with Tina. Something he had not done up to that point with anyone.

We don’t offer Horsemanship Immersions very often. Many things have to come together to make it a valuable experience for the student and us. We’re glad that Tina made the investment. I think she came away with invaluable information and we really enjoyed our time together. Thanks, Tina!

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bridlebit | August 1, 2020 at 4:31 pm | Categories: horsemanship | URL:
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