My earliest memories are of dogs and horses. Immediately captivated as a boy, I since remain entranced by their being, and I have been privileged to work as a horseman and train dogs for much of my life. Along my thirty-five years I've had the pleasure of knowing dogs and horses as friends, companions, students, partners, protectors, healers, teachers, and guides. Learning to read these fellow creatures, to know their needs and motivations, and to partner with them is as miraculous and exciting to me today as upon first introductions many years ago. Living bound to their corporeal truth and according to survival wisdom etched over millions of years, these species have also provided me with unique insights into my own identity and purpose as an inhabitant of Earth.
I consider both dogs and horses to serve as ambassadors for the broader animal world, together embodying the predator-prey dynamic that has persisted as an ecological cycle on Earth for many millions of years. The dog, evolved alongside humans from the pack-forming gray wolf, remains rooted as a carnivorous, cooperative-hunting, predator, amazingly adept in fulfilling an incredible array of contemporary humans' physical, societal, and emotional needs. The horse, evolved from a fox-sized, forest dwelling leaf browser, is now a swift and powerful, ruggedly built, grass-grazing, prey animal, which coincidentally happens to be a creature rideable and drivable by humans. But the true marvel of nature is that domestic horses and domestic dogs are essentially identical to their wild counterparts. Dogs can interbreed with wolves or coyotes to create fertile offspring. Meanwhile North America's mustangs are entirely descended from domestic horses. These species are playing two hands simultaneously in the game of future species survival in our rapidly changing Earth biosphere. I've found this tenuous divide between our domestic animal companions and their wild versions to be a fascinating source for learning what it means to be resilient and adaptable- in the evolutionary long-term, along the course of individual lifespan, and in our moment-to-moment existence.
I followed the dog and the horse into their world. What I mean is that as a boy I went to work shoveling manure and wrangling untamed beasts. Through a combination of determination and stubbornness I later began to function as a respectable horseman and dog handler and communicating with some fluency among these animals. My work then evolved toward horse-integrated conservation land management as well as teaching dog handling and canine behavioral awareness, adapting to the needs of both city-dwelling and farm-based dog owners. Networking between these two client pools, I've been able to facilitate unique, interactive adventures for people and their companion animals specific to their needs and experiences. As a trainer it has been a privilege to witness the strengthening of these relationships through outdoor adventure. Working immersed in nature beside another species demonstrates for me the value of diversity for nurturing resilience and adaptability.
I feel I have a great deal to improve upon as a teacher and trainer. The process of working with dogs, horses, and people- together, outside- is a wonderful habitat through which to learn about nature, feel the seasons, and discover who we are. I believe we each participate as an ecological force in the outdoors. Let's learn to benefit the environment and local ecology by adding intelligent human-power, animal-power, and combined team effort to regenerate farmland topsoil, produce healthy food, and improve forest health.
I am a creative being; I am a maker of tools. Leashes, lead ropes, and rope handling skills are crucial to animal handling work, wherein ropes serve as safety lines and as lines of communication. Species-specific equipment designs cater to important distinctions between dog handling and horse handling techniques, distinctions primarily determined by human-to-animal weight ratio. For instance, nearly all dog leash designs involve a hand loop for securely attaching oneself to the dog, while in horse handling it is always a mistake to loop one's hand in any rope that is attached to a horse. Thus, safety principles are often opposite between the two disciplines, and require different rope skills. However, through dedication to either handling discipline an elegant language can develop, often described as finesse- a high level of subtlety and sensitivity between animal and human which makes signaling through the rope at times imperceivable to the observer. In this realm high performance, work operation, and creative applications are made safe and possible. As my imagination has expanded I've discovered that even high-end existing equipment designs lack features to support my working style and applications. I need sensitive and durable, ultra-light and ultra-strong. Yet I found that available designs, splendid for one working scenario, lack the versatility to be the year-round, everyday, all-condition rope tools I envision.
Meanwhile, spending a great deal of my time active outdoors in rugged habitats, I struggle to find outdoor apparel that suited my need for supporting versatile athleticism in tough outdoor environments. Available designs prove too specialized, inhibit mobility, or are too quickly destroyed to justify their purchase. So I'm beginning to build solutions with my own hands, sometimes modifying my existing gear, sometimes building from scratch.
As my craftsmanship improved I gained confidence in using my prototypes for work applications and generally became fascinated by the process of outdoor equipment design and product development. Recent leaps forward in materials and manufacturing technologies have also ignited my enthusiasm to explore fresh ideas for outdoor technical equipment and apparel. In September 2016 I formed BESOTORO LLC to further my designs and propose solutions which inspire outdoor adventure creativity and function.
My aim is to create training methods and tools which support human creativity, cooperation, adaptability, and resilience required for overcoming the environmental and cultural challenges we face today. For BESOTORO LLC this means linking the bio-physical and technological imagination with principles of ecological restoration. It means further understanding the work potential of humans and animals in eco-active, participatory roles, and innovating equipment that harnesses our bio-strengths. As a starting point, rope is providing an opportunity to conscientiously build toward my vision of splendidly functional and long-lasting leashes and lead ropes.
My first BESOTORO LLC equipment innovations are a line of dog-handling and horse-handling rope equipment designs I've been thoroughly testing and improving over the years, in the process inventing a device to assist construction of a superior form of whipping for binding loops and enhancing grip. The leashes and leads I make are ideal for working horse- and dog- professionals, for those dedicated to a lifestyle of adventurous dog- or horse-keeping, or for anyone with unique application requirements. My rope equipment is designed and constructed to function wonderfully and to endure rigorous adventuring.
As of early 2018 BESOTORO LLC is a one-man, farm-based operation. I craft each rope product to order on my farm in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. I also design and manage this website, and handle all shipping and customer service, meanwhile working to realize a vision for this company's future.
Thanks for your interest in BESOTORO LLC! I will continue to update this site as the business evolves. Meanwhile check out the Instagram link at the bottom of this page, and please don't hesitate to Contact me with any questions, build requests, or feedback. Adventure wisely!