My way to horses began when I was a child on small farm in Bohemia, later in riding halls, but it was not what I searched for, I was always more interested in rides in the nature and therefore I was trying to find a way to it.
I rode to the Great Britain in 1995 and hot a chance to work as a groom in the Oxfordshire castle. I stayed there for the whole year and I worked with horses seven days a week. I stayed in the United States from the end of 1996, where I got acquainted with everyday life on ranches, treatment and training of horses and with the work of local cowboys in Texas, Colorado and Montana. A way to real Horsemanship was not anyhow simple, hard work and listening on training farms and work ranches. I worker in the southwest of Texas by the Rio Grande - National park, where are quite rough conditions for living, the less more to farming. So people are fairly tough, but reliable and know how to live in harmony with nature. Size of such ranch is 40 000 ha and the closest city is 100 – 150 km far away.
I was working at the beginning with young horses, which I saddled, but later came turn also for trouble-making horses, I had to perceive Horsemanship thanks to them more deeply and I got more patience and progressiveness thanks to working with mules.
A lot of time, learning and hard worked passed by and I could help with the preparation of horses for cattle disciplines. I took part also in many Horsemanship courses including course of Monty Roberts, Craig Cameron, Ken Dromgool and others.
Ray Hunt and his way of training horses impressed me most. This man was the first student of big Horseman Tom Dorrance. They were and are masters in communication with horses. “Do bad things difficult and right things simple!" There are two ways: “When it does not go from head to feet, we have to go from feet to head.”
I was sitting together with instructors from J. Lyons, but also from P. Parelli at the Ray Hunt's course and we were watching the work with mare with disrespect, it was beautiful. Ray rode on a horseback to the enclosure when everything ended and he was waiting for our questions, when somebody said: “Ray, why don't you sit, well you are a Horseman.” Ray laughed and said: “I would like to become a Horseman someday!“. This was the answer of 74 year old master in communication with horses. He worked with more than 10 000 horses and he still saddles and works with young horses.
This art became field of study, work and life path for me. The more you over Horsemanship know, the more I want to learn and it does not have any end.