David M. Lichman was born in Boston in 1950. This son of Jacob and Mildred Lichman never wanted to be an astronaut or fireman when he grew up. he wanted to be with horses. Life has taken him into the world of music, computer science and teaching. But for David, being with horses was always a powerful experience, and not one that he could ignore. Just as he learned to play the bass one note at a time, and to teach one student at a time, he discovered horses one moment at a time.

Life did not present him with many opportunities to be with horses. He had to work for that. As a kid, he used to visit an old sorrel school horse named Rex that lived at a boarding stable a long bicycle ride down the road from home. David groomed the horses and cleaned stalls in barter for saddle time with Rex. He worked one summer for a few weeks at New Hampshire's Tee & Ski resort, cleaning stalls and loading hay for the rent-a-horse operation there. And he recalls that he was always first in line any time he was somewhere where they offered horseback rides, pony rides or trail rides. 

A pivotal moment for David occurred in the early sixties, when Colonel Alois Podhajski brought the Lipizzan Stallions from Vienna to Boston Garden for a perfomance. This was Podhajski's final tour before his passing. Seeing those horses permanently implanted in David's brain - the vision of humans dancing with horses. Years later, through his association with Pat Parelli, David met Arthur Kottas - the head rider of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. In reviewing the program from that performance at Boston Garden, David discovered that Arthur Kottas had been there, too - as an assistant rider. Things came full circle when David showed Arthur a picture of himself riding a Lipizzan mare he had raised and trained.

He attended Tufts University's College of Engineering,Berklee School of Music, and has an honors degree in Computer Science from California State University Sacramento. He has worked as a consultant for IBM, taught classes in software engineering and project management, and has lectured college classes on programming languages. And though he dedicated all that time to education for himself and others, he never forgot the horses. A back injury sparked his desire to ride smooth gaited horses, which led him to his long association with Tennessee Walking Horses.

In 1990, David met and bought a Bay TWH called Baker's Little Man. He was renamed The Artful Dodger because of his less than desirable traits, and David called him Arthur for short. Arthur was barely rideable when David bought him. But Lichman is a patient man. He helped Arthur find his natural gait, and they became a partnership to contend with. A year later, David and The Artful Dodger won the Lite-shod World Grand Championship. This, one of his "best personal achievements with horses", was as a result of a combination of some things that David discovered for himself, and some things he learned from Pat Parelli. 

In 1994, after 7 years of studying Pat's program, David was selected by Pat to become a Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship Instructor. Two years later he earned Premier status in the Parelli Instructor Program, and ever since, David has been traveling the world helping horses and people with well-tested skills, humor, and kind, gentle patience. 

In 2002, David published Gaited Horses, Naturally! This wonderful instructional work is the culmination of David's experience with the application of the Natural Horsemanship paradigm and methods to the development of all gaited horses. This accomplishment is to be followed in 2005 by the publication of Cantering the Gaited Horse.

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