There’s 1 tool that every person needs to have to be able to successfully operate with horses. It’s a tool that is of more importance than any other tool which you might possess. You can’t buy this tool at a feed store or order it on line. It is a tool that can make all other tools of the transaction more useful. And with no other tools worthless. This tool is confidence. A sort of fearlessness in the face of a creature that could very easily hurt you at best, and kill you in worst.
A horse by character does not really communicate its wishes through verbal commands. I need to address the fact that if you step in their world your body language will do the speaking for you. You need to learn what they’re saying and be able to anticipate what they are about to do. The more fluent you become in speaking their language the easier and safer your horse experiences will end up.
A horse is a prey animal. It succeeds through picking up on the slightest signals around it. It is also a wonderful reader of things hidden. They have a sixth sense of sorts, filtering in information from between the lines, in addition to directly. When you venture into their space they’re picking up on so far more than what you’re doing. They can feel what you are feeling. They’ve a sponge like ability to absorb what you are feeling especially anxiety. It is very important to remember that whenever you’re feeling nervous or worried so is the horse. This signals to a horse that they need to be ready to flee because danger is about.
Unfortunately they don’t understand this to a person who lacks confidence they’re often the danger that is around. So whenever you are going to interact with your horse or any horses for that thing, you want to really be aware of the feelings you are projecting on them. You want a quiet confidence, a feeling of relaxed energy, which will allow them to stay calm in your presence. And over time you will develop this quiet confidence more and more.
What do I mean with silent confidence? Well silent confidence comes from a sense that you truly know that everything around you is alright and that you’re in control of the circumstance. It speaks of an actual leadership state of mind. If you would like to have a natural leadership role with your horse, this is the key, quiet confidence. When you find people yelling and screaming at their horses teetering on the edge of abusing them into doing exactly what they want, they are responding out of fear or anger. Stress and anger don’t make for good leadership qualities. Horses understand that when you are out of control you can’t restrain them.
Before you can have control of your horse, you ought to be able to control your self. The horse knows this and you need to learn it before going any further. Concentrate on understanding that with a horse dread is a sign of danger or weakness. Weak people do not lead horses, weak people get pushed around by horses. When a horse senses fear it also can become nervous and ready to flee for safety. When a horse doesn’t react to something you want it to do and it makes you angry you need to have a psychological timeout. Horses do not lead through anger. Horses lead in 1 way and one way only – quiet confidence.
Confidence is not something that you can just get either. It is learned, constructed upon, and grows. It takes some time to get the confidence you need to be a true leader in most situations.
The whole idea of natural horsemanship has taken off to a great extent in recent years. It has helped place some of the archaic and outdated training techniques to rest and for this I am thankful. Exactly like any new idea that comes along, it’s been over promoted and milked for each and every penny it could produce. I’m not a natural horsewoman. I am just a girl who attempts to have an extremely balanced and productive relationship with my own horse. The truth is if I wished to be a natural horsewoman I don’t believe I would ever place my rump at a saddle. My horses would be left running free on open ranges and I would never subject them into the training, fences, trailers, and reveals that I so frequently do. Everything people do for the most part with and also their horses is unnatural. Calling it natural doesn’t make it that way.