By Kay S. Pedrotti
The way Barnesville’s Bonnie Martin teaches horsemanship is, “more a philosophy than a technique,” she says.
Watching Martin and her apprentice Kacie Eicholtz, putting a couple of relaxed but alert mares through their paces, it’s easy to believe her version of natural horsemanship does work. The horses are Missouri Foxtrotters, a gaited breed similar to Tennessee Walkers. Eicholtz’s ride was so smooth the Gordon State College student’s head did not bounce up and down at all but stayed level.
Bonnie Martin gently handles Missouri Foxtrotter Lita at her farm.