All relationships start with good communication. Creating a solid relationship with a horse is no different. It begins with simply spending time with a horse, no agenda, no expectations, no demands. The horse spends time in his life doing nothing as well as doing something and needs the balance that comes with experiencing both. Once we are accepted by the horse and a bond develops, we must learn to communicate in a way that makes sense. Our interactions with the horse must mirror his own natural herd behavior.
From “Cognitive Horse”
Horses that live in a social and rich natural environment are continuously interacting with others and learning- while they eat, while they walk together and even while hanging out, just noticing each other and their surroundings. Like a group of close family or friends, they can pick up on the expressions and behaviors of the individual herd members. With every new experience, everyone grows and acquires new instruments with which to see and perceive life.
Based in Positive Reinforcement
The horse is free of all ropes and halters, from the beginning of every session, in an arena or round pen large enough for him to get away from us. In this situation, the horse always gets to choose if and when he will respond to your requests. Without a rope or halter with which to use your hands and strength to make him do what you want, you must instead find that place inside yourself, free of tension, judgment and negative energy, so that you can create instead a centered, positive energy that will draw him to you.
This can all begin as you learn Carolyn Resnick’s “Seven Waterhole Rituals“ which further develops a dialog with your horse and deepens your relationship.
Join Cathy for liberty training with your horse or attend a Liberty Training Demonstration and learn more…