My experience with Natural Horsemanship

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Back in the early 80’s I had only one horse, in professional training, an American Quarter Horse mare. I purchased this horse from a Quarter Horse breeder in my area. Since the owner of this ranch specialized in western pleasure horses I decided to leave her there. I checked out the owner and found she was very good and gentle with horses.

I remember one day arriving at the ranch and my horse was loose and standing at the far side of the arena. The trainer, acting very irritated and standing at the rail outside of the arena, handed me a halter and asked me to go catch my horse. After a puzzled look, she said that she could not catch her. I just stood where I was and called to the mare. She lifted her head, whinnied and ran over to me. I asked “so what’s the problem?” She just shook her head and walked away. At that point I realized that I may not be a professional, but I can train my horse a better way.

I took my horse out of professional training and started to train her myself. One year later we won the Amateur Western Pleasure class at a large horse show. I then bought two more mares and had them all bred. That’s a whole other story.

It was about that time when I discovered “Natural Horsemanship”.

My experience with Natural Horsemanship

Training can be fun. Horses are very intelligent animals. Even if you are a novice you can train your horse. If you have the time and patience, you can train your horse. I have known several novice horse owners, that have adopted and trained wild Mustangs. These horses turned out to be very nice riding horses.

It does not matter whether your horse is young or old, you can teach your horse new things.

Horses are herd animals. Sit and watch a group of horses and you will notice that one animal is the herd leader. Horses play with each other to establish this dominance. The leader can move any other horse, in the herd, just by body language.

A horses body language consists of a look, ears back, nose out, wrinkled nose, mouth open, switching tail or a lifted hind leg.

When you communicate to your horse your body language should either be a hard look or a relaxed look. Relaxing your body when your horse is right will offer your horse comfort both on the ground and on his back.