READ ME FIRST.

I was thinking the other day:  “Man! … Hank!  I wish we’d’ve given a READ ME FIRST  to every love we’d ever lost.”  Or got rid of.  Or that lost us.  Or however it went isn’t the point.  I wish I had.  Just so-sy we’d’ve had a few things clear from the get-go. But I didn’t. And it would’ve gone better. Or, at least, quicker.

But you? I? Oui still have a chawnce!  (I know … Stay with me).

We still do, because you will know certain things before proceeding ANY further, and, if you do anyway, well: it means you probably had it coming.  You could’ve not and been fine.

Forewarnings and Context

  1. I will not lie to you – unless it becomes necessary to teach a lesson more essential than thoughtless honesty (which, let’s face it, seems to be the only kind around these days).  And that’s the Truth.
  2. Only I call me “Hank” and like it very much.
  3. In advance of advancing further: I’m an English major. I’m some other things, but this will be the most irritating thing among them, at least initially. To the humorless and moderately mis-educated, I may sound arrogant and condescending on paper. Probably (if I’m being honest) in person, too – especially to a very many non-English majors, who, often misunderstanding what I’ve just said (or, more luxuriantly, meant) presume to’ve been maligned when exposed to new wordsIn Truth, most often, I’m only deprecating myself – a bad habit I picked up in London, which I’m still trying to shake.  Either way:  No offense, pal.  And none taken … and never lightly, if I can help it. And you should know that.
  4. This compendium of Very Stable Genius is chronically WIP.  Initially a means of organizing my thoughts, content was reflexively written, and has, by and large, remained unedited.  That’s why it’s free. For now :).
  5. So why publish it? My earliest ‘alt-dressage’ hero was Nuno Oliveira. Simply watching the man work a horse for 15 minutes on Youtube is an education for anyone with eyes. But when I searched for all the Oliveira books, I found he’d published little.  A small volume of notes, more or less.  Plus, I’d noticed over the course of much learning and teaching during my own life: if we do not record our observations when we know little, the ability to explain rudimentary essentials to newcomers later fades.
  6. So, at the risk of some typos, missing words – and having said things poorly which might’ve been said better, or more efficiently* –  I present these presents presently. If they don’t make sense to you yet, they may not be meant for you. Yet. Stay with me.

– Your servant

 

* By me – probably not you. But maybe?

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Henry Fleming is a horsemanship and equitation writer, trainer, tutor, and clinician. He advocates historical ideals of advanced horsemanship, applying principles espoused by William Cavendish and Francois Baucher to achieve them quickly and safely.
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