There are a few people who are so-called "masters" in the Icelandic Horse world. Some are self-called "masters".
"The master is always the student and the student the master. While
predominately an Eastern philosophy, this holds the key to what mastery
really is. Anyone who feels that their craft has been ultimately completed
through education and experience is already unwise. One cannot continue to
grow if one feels that they have nothing more to learn. A master is someone
who is willing to accept that life is continuous growth and challenge.
Ultimately a true master really doesn't know or believe they are a master
because of an unbelievable store of generosity, humility and wisdom."
We find the the so-called or self-called "masters" are unwise inasmuch as they want to teach what they know, and are unwilling to learn more and better ways.
We have the so-called "masters" coming to North American to give clinics, teach lessons. Who are their students? Novice horse owners. What are they teaching? The Germanic dressage methods that consist of heavy contact, domination, control? Monty Roberts methods, which are looked upon in distain by real horsemen.
If they were truly "masters", wouldn't experienced horsemen go to them?
If they were "masters", wouldn't they know about equine bio-mechanics? Wouldn't they know the definition of collection and not refer to the tolt as "collected"? Wouldn't they know that it is impossible to do a should-in while in the gait of tolt? Instead they are teaching this, and it is incorrect.
Wouldn't they be able to ride a pony without trapping it's mouth by a noseband? Wouldn't they be able to see a "crooked" horse (but they gave one to the Princess to ride on her visit to Iceland.... and dontcha think SHE knew he was crooked??)?
It is my opinion that the so-called "masters" are wasting valuable time by coming to North American to teach, when they could be coming here to learn! That would benefit the horse and the horse owners so much more!
In my opinion, it is a grave disservice to the horse and to the new horse owners to learn from these so-called "masters", only to have to re-learn things correctly at a later date. Who suffers in the meantime?
One of the worst PR things that could have happened was the Great Icelandic Horse Fair which has shown North Americans the poor handling, training, and riding of the Icelandic Horse. It is my opinion that they are cutting off their nose to spite their face, in their rush to sell some high-priced inadequately bred and trained horses.
Someone sent us this picture, asking, "Who is teaching the children to ride horses this way???"
It is coming straight from Iceland and Germany.
Such a shame, when we have such good, talented, knowledgeable horsemen here in our country who can impart their knowledge which would be so much better and easier, for the horse and rider.
Some of our children, however, ARE on a path of good horsemanship!