Natural Horsemanship and our Approach
Mutual trust and respect is the essential in the relationship between human and horse.
When will a horse fully trust and respect?
To understand that, one needs to understand how a horse thinks and feels, how horses interact between each other in a herd. In general, horses won't differ, if you are horse or human. If you make them feel good, if they feel safe around you and comfortable, they will stay with you, regardless of who or what species you are.
Horses use foremost body language to communicate. And that's what we work with, which doesn't exclude verbal cues.
Through repetition, patience and a right timed reward, horses learn quickly. It is important to remember that the clearer your message is, the easier the horse will understand and the faster they learn.
Horses can be quite nasty to each other. In order to establish respect and their pecking order, they will kick, bite and vigorously fight each other. What becomes dangerous to a human is that horses don't care if you make out only 15-20 % of their body and muscle weight, they will treat you no differently then their fellow mates.
Meaning, you will get kicked, bitten and stamped (also bucked off) by a horse that disrespects you.
Trust and respect are connected.
If a horse respects you, it will trust you. No horse will follow you, if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe with you.
For thousands of years, horses have survived in the wild, where they were and still are, exposed to death through predators and natural disasters.
A horses brain has evolved to function in a way that differs from a human brain.
Horses are herd animals.
It is crucial for horses to have a herd leader. A leader they trust and respect. They know, a strong leader will protect and lead them to safety, food and water. Nothing else matters. That's the way the horses brain is wired. In order to insure the best possible leader, horses constantly test.
They test 24 hours a day, who is stronger, smarter.
And that's what they do to us, too.
The method we use, is built on one key stone: understanding & communication.
Miscommunication is the biggest enemy to a healthy relationship. It is crucial to pick up everything that your horse communicates. And horses communicate all the time, they actually share their emotions constantly.
It is like learning a foreign language.
And our aim is to teach you this language so that you can ultimately acquire the "feel".
Having the feel for horses is what makes you one of them. This is what makes you a confident and safe horseman/ horsewoman.
No matter your discipline, your horse breed, your age or experience
- when you understand horses, you can communicate and reach full body control in a natural way. You will have a trusting and successful partnership, that will lead you anywhere you decide and dream of.
Exercises, easy to follow for horse and rider, from ground and from the saddle, are the tools we give you to establish trust and respect.
There can be countless different situations you can find yourself in with a horse, but with a trusting and respecting partner and the tools to keep your relationship healthy, you won't have to worry anymore.
That is our mission.