When I first purchased the book In The Middle Are The Horsemen by Tik Maynard, I was expecting another book on “natural horsemanship”, or another book with training slightly varied in methodology from other trainers currently in vogue.
What I read was a highly intuitive recorded journey of a young man who set out to become the best possible horseman he could be – however that is defined. The story of a native Canadian who repeatedly crossed time zones seeking out those who excelled in their disciplines and who would impart their knowledge. The story of a determined and adventuring student who sought to be educated by the best who then recorded the details to share with his readers. Reading In The Middle Are The Horsemen is like reading a journalistic novel.
While Tik Maynard succeeded in becoming a professional rider, as well as becoming an instructor and mentor, he is also an accomplished writer.
This book is a good read for anyone, horses or no horses. It is a testament to truly seeking out what we want to learn and striving to be the best – no matter what that might be. With professional dialogue in both riding physically and mentally, how we connect with our four-legged partners as well as the humans that invariably come along with them, it is indeed a learning experience…but if you are looking for a training manual with a table of contents for technical advice, this isn’t it.
A chronicle of becoming disciplined at disciplines from cross country eventing to the Thoroughbred Makeover Challenge, this book could be an educational adventure novel with a touch of romance thrown in. Moments of joy and moments of frustration are equally represented in a way that keeps you turning the page, and you are introduced to people who represent the horse world at its finest (including Tik himself!).
While he is now settled into family life with a wife (who is an accomplished horsewoman herself) and recent child, Maynard continues his journey as a professional in the world of horses and horse people. He holds clinics, competes in cross country eventing, and is a speaker for various organizations. We hope he also continues as a writer!