not good for him. Often it takes firm-ness to get the horse to drop it, butHarry is very effective in bringing thisabout because he first gets the horseto focus on him. Then, through clarity,firmness and sensitive release hehelps the horse drop the thought of habitual, problematic reactions inorder to try something else, something better. It works. The horse is atten-tive, searches, and tries. Harry isquick to release when he sees the try.The horse begins to relax and beginsto trust. He becomes a safer mount.Examples of this in action would bevery helpful, but how do you describean attitude, philosophy or intuition?Someone could go through the verymotions that Harry does and com-
pletely miss the essence. It’s not
something that can be packaged asTen Easy Steps or Fifty Terribly Diffi-cult Steps. It really is an out-working of a philosophy of being reasonableand of giving to the horse, rather than
getting. He’s helping the horse find anew way of being here. What wasn’tapparent to me at first is that Harry’s
approach helps the person find a new
way of being here, too. It’s like a cir-
cle. My horse helps me becomeaware of my energy. Am I frustrated,anxious, impatient, unsure? Even if I
don’t know, my horse sure does. I
reset. My horse responds. We re-spond to each other, and it grows.
In essence, Harry’s goal is not to makethe horse do something. It’s not to
take something from the horse, butrather to give. Offer a better choice,
build the horse’s confidence, establish
and strengthen the connection be-
tween horse and rider. It’s a gift to
both.visit with Harry at a clinic or athis ranch in Arizona, and thiscalendar will help you plan andorganize for the upcoming year. It is also a great gift ideafor the horse people in yourlife. You can purchase a calen-dar directly from Harry when youattend his clinic(s), or you canorder online at lulu.com/spotlight/equinephotos.Need a little help tokeep seeing things from the
horse’s point of view through-
out the year? Harry WhitneyPhotography has put togethera 12 month calendar for 2013,featuring photos that Harry hastaken of horses during his trav-els, and has added one of hisquotes to each photo.
er too early to start planning a
By: Laura LinellSomething New from Harry Whitney Photography!
Page 3August 2012
only ride the way you connect
here’s a saying in the world of martialarts that “you can only fight the wayyou practice.” I would amend that forthe world of horsemanship to “you canonly ride the way you connect.” As a
first time attendee at a Harry Whitneyclinic, I became aware that Harry con-nects with horses very differently than
what I’ve seen elsewhere. In fact, by
comparison, many other methodsseem to skip connection.The first two days of the clinic I felt theway I do when I try to back up with a
trailer: I’m trying for the same spot,but everything I’m doing in order to get
there seems turned around, confus-ing, and awkward. But then I began tosee. Harry is reading the horse in
order to help him drop a thought that’s
Laura attended her first Harry clinic this year at
Mendin’ Fences in TN.