Horse care practices and equestrian pedagogy are being reconfigured within a
contemporary ‘revolution’ in British horsemanship. This is both instigated by, and
instigates, horse owners’ attitudes of responsible doubt and self-critique. At the same
time, embodied conviction is honed, because the rider’s mindful body is foregrounded as
an integral part of the communication channel between horse and human. In this article,
responsible doubt and embodied conviction are shown to emerge from, and contribute
to, different ways in which horse riders can cut the network in their endeavours to
achieve ‘true partnership’ with their horses.