The Horse's Nature
What is horse psychology?
When you talk about psychology you think of the horse's body language. High head, low head, pinned ears, relaxed hind leg and so on. This is what you are taught and you believe this will let you know the mindset of your horse at all times. Well, it's a start but there's more to it than body language.
How about feel. You must be able to "feel" your horse through your legs, seat and hands also to know what your horse is thinking. If we stare at our horse the whole time we are riding, this will not only make him nervous but also make him think who's leading here. Now you have put your horse back into survival mode and he is going to take over. How about when you get on your horse? Do you feel your horse tighten up? If he's uncomfortable because of the way you mounted him or sits on him this could cause a rise in adrenaline and now he needs to move his feet. Or maybe the saddle wasn't properly put on or he might be sore for some reason. And do you know why he is moving his feet? Probably because his instinct says to. Any time a horse is uncertain about something self-preservation sets in. He needs to move.
This is a horses way of communicating to you. It doesn't mean he is stupid it means he needs your help. It also means horses just think differently than we do. And we need to understand that.
It is important to know why and what to do in these situations and it starts with understanding the horse's nature.
Start by entering the horse's world.
The horse's language is body language. And there is no other way to try to communicate with the horse but through body language. In fact, everything a horse does with his body means something. For example, they use body language to communicate with their herd silently - to not make a sound so that the predator in the area won't hear them and they can leave the area before they are seen
At its core, the motivation for every decision a horse makes is always based on what is in its best interest in terms of survival.
Even though some people will try to change the way a horse thinks and communicates, it won't work. In order to positively have or improve a relationship with a.horse, you much change yourself. I can show you how.
Another Way Of Thinking-Horsemanship
Why do I call this another way of thinking? Because to be a good leader, we have to understand the way the horse thinks. We have to understand their instinctive behaviors. For example, a plastic bag to us is something to carry food in. A plastic bag to a horse is an unfamiliar object that may want to harm him. You see, the association or meaning of the bag is different for the horse than it is for us.
So before you will be accepted as his leader you have to understand his language and his way of thinking. You have to know why he does what he does. Basically, well, you have to think like a horse.
Since I was a kid I have studied the herd instinct of horses. I've spent hours sitting on the fence studying every move they make. I've designed a program that will teach you how to become a leader in a matter of days, not months: the leader your horse needs.
When all three of horses primary needs -survival, comfort, and leadership have been satisfied, their next most lasting and fervent desire is to just get along with one another and anyone or anything that enters their world.
These natural qualities acceptance and tolerance have allowed horses to endure for millions of years while thousands of other species have perished.
Horses learn how to be a horse from their parents. As soon as a foal is born, its mother begins to purposely model everything the baby must do to survive, create relationships, and function physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially with other horses in order to grow up to live a full and healthy life as a horse.
Whether the foal is a male or female, at one point, as it gets older, it learns from its father either how to be a stallion or how to relate to one.
Horses are naturally hardwired with these qualities so that they can live harmoniously in a herd, which increases their chances of survival. In other words, the survival of every horse is dependent on his or her ability to get along with other horses and stay together.
The horses three primary needs.
The Horses World.
So the horse has strong social skills. His mom taught him how to stay with groups or herds in order to stay safe. A group or herd can be two individuals.
One horse and one man.
So all we have to do now is listen, understand and be patient.
Listen to his body language. Understand his instincts. And this will give you the patience you will need.
You must know these three skills before techniques will do you any good.
3L Horsemanship will teach you all three of these skills and more.
The horse is perfect, let's keep him that way!
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