The Art Of Natural Horsemanship
All natural horsemanship trainers have their own unique practices and style. Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli, John Lyons and few others are 20th century’s renowned trainers. Whatever be the training style of practice, certain parameters are common to all of these practices and styles.
Horse lovers belonging to all age groups can learn the techniques involved in natural horsemanship. You are not required to be of a certain specific age before beginning to learn horsemanship.
Certain methods should be essentially learnt for the purpose of kindly and effectively working with horses.
You should have a good knowledge about the natural instincts, behavior and preferences of horses. Certain questions about which you should be clear are:
• How is the herd’s hierarchy operated?
• How is the herd’s head decided?
• How do horses naturally behave in fields and pastures?
• Is your horse dominant or subservient?
Knowledge about these things will help you in establishing a framework for training horses.
Horses communicate through body language, telepathy and voice. They also utilize their extremely developed senses for communicate purposes.
Their extremely sensitive hearing sense, smelling sense, taste glands, sense of touch and monocular eyesight for seeing in two different directions as well as in the dark makes for the formation of a unique and special communications system.
Hence, for effectively communicating with horses, we should understand their manner of communication with each other before we could ourselves communicate with them.
Body language is essentially used by natural horsemen for relaying their requests to horses. Learning the way of how and when using their eyes, using the tone of their voice, their body tools and other similar tools are essential requirements for enhancing the probability of communicating effectively with horses.
It is extremely important on the horsemen’s part that the horse’s movements, instincts, preferences and communication understanding should be harmoniously complemented. By learning these things we would be able to communicate with horses in a friendly manner without using any force or fear.
Anyways, horses are naturally fearful of humans because they are traditionally prey animals whereas humans are predators. Hence, we should remove this fear from the horse’s mind towards us for effectively and naturally communicating with them. This will only be possible if we could instill trust in the horse’s mind towards us.
Only then horses will offer their highest compliments and regards to us, we being the horsemen in this case.