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Todd Delle, Kassai USA
todd@horsebackarcheryusa.com
P.O. Box 1897
Bigfork, MT. 59911
U.S.A.
(406) 250-1372

Training:

"A system of teaching the human and the horse from the ground up."


Training

of the human for horseback archery can be a very challenging exercise in patience. What many of us have come to accept as a fundemental when working with horses, "ground work" we simply refuse to extend to ourselves. The priciple that "if it is not right on the ground, it will not be right in the saddle," applies to the human more than the horse. The complex tasks needing to be mastered, allowing the horseback archer to shoot from the back of a galloping horse, simply cannot be introduced safely while riding. Ground work takes many forms but always works on the fundamentals of timing, rhythm, and balance. The ground archery training forms the foundation supporting the horseback archer throughout their career and is the required material for the first examination.

Riding and horsemanship are impossible to separate. A working knowledge of the horse and its way of thinking enables riders to better understand how they interfere or enhance the movement of the horse. Riding practice without the bow, again, is about timing, rhythm, and balance. There are many ways to work on these principles, but the best include using different tasks combined with just some plain fun. Learning in this way becomes a natural process. The second examination will test these skills through a series of exercises while riding bareback.

Archery and riding are art forms in their own right, each taking a lifetime to understand. Before the student of horseback archery earns the tile of "Horseback Archer," the riding and archery skills learned in the first two examinations must be combined. The actual transition from ground to horseback becomes relatively simple when learned in this way and once again proves that slower can actually be faster. Training for horseback archery includes archery training on the ground and horse, both with and without the bow. The third examination tests these skills and finally puts the student on the competition course testing proficiency.