Mark Rashid shares
his path as horseman,
teacher, writer and
BY KARA L. STEWART As the saying goes, when one door closes, another door opens. “But you have to be in the same room, be aware that the door opened, and then walk through it,” says Mark Rashid, talking about the path his life has taken. This longtime horseman is known for his understand- ing and consideration of the horse. The Colorado-based Rashid teaches 30 to 40 clinics each year around the world, writes books and screenplays, practices and
teaches the Japanese martial art of Aikido, and leads Aikido for Horsemen seminars. One of his screenplays, Out of the Wild, is scheduled for release in late 2016
or early 2017, and will be screened at the 2016 Equus Film Festival.
/ The Beginning /
Rashid’s soft and consistent philosophy of working with horses began when he
was 10 years old, sneaking into the pasture to pet the horses of the “Old Man,”
horseman Walter Pruitt. Pruitt always asked, “What do you suppose the horse
thinks of this?” as a basis for working with the horse as a mutually respectful
team, not as a dominance-based hierarchy.
Over the years that followed, Rashid learned and benefitted from the Old
Man’s wisdom, the depth of his humanity and his respect for all beings.
Rashid later realized that the Old Man’s way of being in the world—
unwavering consistency and consideration in every interaction—was unique. Many
of Rashid’s books share stories of the Old Man, capturing the quiet, respectful