Buck Tradition

the heart and science of horsemanship horse and rider at beach


Hello world, this is me! You know you wanted to sing that! Welcome to my blog: Buck Tradition. I am writing this introductory post to give you a little insight as to what I am all about, and what I hope to achieve in my blog posts.

Know Better, Do Better

I whole heartedly embrace the paridigm of ‘know better, do better.’ We’ve all made misakes in our journeys with horses, and I am the first to admit I am not perfect. We can only do the best with the knowledge we have at the time.

However, in this era of information it is our responsibility to expand our knowledge for the welfare of our horses. When we know better we can do better. My blog examines what the current research tells us – about how horses learn and what they need for optimal welfare – and compares this with traditional practices.

Say No To Cowboys

Ok let me be clear, this is not to say all cowboys are evil. Plenty of brilliant horsemen and women refer to themselves as cowboys. In this context, I tend to call people who use traditional methods of training and husbandry for traditions sake, AND refuse to consider new information and evidence to guide their practices, as cowboys. So I use the phrase “Say no to cowboys” to point out traditional practices that go against what we know about how horses learn and think, or what they need from a physiological perspective. You could think of it as “say no to traditional practices that are harmful to horse welfare.”


In my blog I talk a lot about my horsemanship philosophy. For me, horsemanship has two overarching and equally important elements. Firstly the emotion, timing, skill, feel and finesse of horsemanship – the heart. Then also the principles, ethics and scientific basis for the techniques and philosophy – the science. As a result, I have a pretty unique way of conceptualising horsemanship. My aim is to promote the ethical training of horses, in order to promote horse welfare and empower horse owners to find better solutions with their horses

I will explain the how and the why behind my methodologies, and how this informs my approach to particular horses and scenarios. My posts will un-pick the various elements of heart and science behind my theories and practice. Explanations will aim to be logical and easy to understand! I will link references to academic scientific articles for those of you who wish to delve deeper into the topics I discuss.

I will create video content and images to help you build an understanding of the topic being discussed. If blogs aren’t really your thing, there is loads of video content on my Facebook page with short descriptions

Happy reading, happy viewing, have fun and give your horse a hug for me!

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