In this episode, we’ll be exploring the life of my wife, Kelly’s, Uncle Ray. You will hear stories of how Ray coached many young men from Brooklyn, NY in canoeing and kayaking. Ray not only coached these young men, but also took them on memorable wilderness trips to remote areas of Canada; trips they would remember for the rest of their lives. Three of these men join us to share their experiences…50 years later!
In this second part of the Tamworth Trilogy, I got to sit down with the amazing woman, Carolyn Hunt, who shared a life with Ray Hunt. Ray was one of the legends of horsemanship and it was amazing to get a slight glimpse into his life with his supportive and passionate wife. Ray Hunt Website: rayhunt.com Ray Hunt Facebook Page: Ray Hunt, Horseman Healthy Horse + Happy Hound Facebook Page The Healthy Horse + Happy Hound Co.
How I learned to embrace my inner horse geek (thanks to Ray Hunt). And why that made all the difference to me (and to the horses).
I didn’t learn to ride until I was an adult. Predictably, I wasn’t exactly the smoothest rider at first. In fact, I was a downright nerd at the barn. If there was a wrong fashion choice to make, I made it. Rubber riding boots. Giant bright sweaters. Oversized helmets that made me look like an uncoordinated motorcycle cop. You name the worst equestrian fashion faux pas — and I embodied it. I longed to be rugged, tough and world wise, like the pro horse trainers I knew. But over time, I came to realize that my nerdy perspective was actually a positive thing. It gave me a fresh and completely non-cynical approach to the horses. My “beginner’s mind” was open to many possibilities that experts would never consider. Because of that, I became aware of small things in the horses’ behavior and expressions that seemed significant to me (and to the horses). I was more receptive to learning — and the horses were happy to teach me because of that. I owe this insight to an early experience at a Ray Hunt clinic. It was the first clinic I had ever ridden in. Blissfully clueless, I went into the colt starting class with a polo saddle, Gap jeans and a barely broke 3 yo TB straight from the track. A wiser, less nerdy person would have never ridden in that clinic. But I learned so much from Ray. And it’s because of that clinic that I became a dedicated (and perpetually nerdy) student of horsemanship. At Horse Wise, I teach people tools so that they can learn how to coach themselves and their horses to progress together as a team. It’s a fun process that shows you how build a good partnership with your horse (in a practical, straightforward way). If you’d like more information on mindset practices, audio coaching or general Horse Services, please visit our website for more information: http://horsewisecoach.com/ And if you’d like to keep up with our news and updates, please join our email list or follow us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/HorseWiseCoach/ https://www.instagram.com/horse_wise/ )
Believe in your horse, so your horse can believe in you. A simple quote from Ray Hunt that contains so much wisdom.
The most important principles in life are often simple. They seem self-obvious and straightforward to understand. But putting them into practice isn’t always so easy. Especially when the principle involves becoming aware of how you need to change. One of the most helpful horsemanship sayings to me is the seemingly simple Ray Hunt quote: “Believe in your horse, so your horse can believe in you.” But there are many layers of wisdom beneath that short sentence. In this episode, I share some of my own experiences with believing in my horse — and how those led to me learning how to believe in myself. True to form, the podcast includes entertaining analogies (such as how tying your child to a dining room table is like you not allowing your horse to make a mistake) — none of which are suitable for actual child supervision or parenting techniques. At Horse Wise, I teach people tools so that they can learn how to coach themselves and their horses to progress together as a team. It’s a fun process that shows you how build a good partnership with your horse (in a practical, straightforward way). If you’d like more information on mindset practices, audio coaching (with customized references to things like the muddy puppies or fly fishing analogies) or just general Horse Services, please visit our website for more information: http://horsewisecoach.com/ And if you’d like to keep up with our news and updates, please join our email list or follow us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/HorseWiseCoach/ https://www.instagram.com/horse_wise/ )
#16: What I Learned from Horsemanship Masters Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman
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In episode SIXTEEN I shared some powerful lessons I learned from from Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman, who were protoges of horsemanship legends Tom and Bill Dorrance. For even more horsemanship resources, visit BarrelRacingTips.com. Please subscribe, rate & review the show - thanks for listening!
Legacy of Legends Carolyn Hunt & Buck Brannaman The Legacy of Legends, a tribute to the horsemanship principles of Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance is happening March 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2017 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. The Legacy of Legends was co-founded by Ray’s wife Carolyn and Buck Brannaman. According to an article in Western Horseman, Ray Hunt knew a lot about horses and was a pretty good cowhand by the time he was 30 years old. As a consequence, he started colts, shod horses, and day-worked ranches in the Hollister, CA area. But then a horse entered his life that opened his eyes to a new way of thinking. The horse, a 4-year-old gelding named Hondo, had a bucking problem. Ray was quoted in the magazine article with his dry sense of humor, "I wanted to show him in a hackamore class,” he said, “but about the time I turned a cow down the fence, I'd come back in the saddle bronc event, and you can't show a horse in two events at the same time. All I knew to fix the problem was what the cowboys said - just get a bigger club.”