Horse care, horse training and stable management are only part of having your own horse. Horses are amazingly beautiful and sensitive creatures. Horses require not only understanding and patience they also require a whole lot of care.
Horses have a herd mentality. When horse training it is important to understand herd mentality. Observe horses in the herd system. Each horse’s welfare in the wild depends upon an instinctive submission to the discipline of the herd and the herd leader. The instinct is for immediate action. To the horse, action is survival, herd mentality is survival. When horses live in a herd environment, they often take turns sleeping and standing guard for any predators. When the leader of the herd signals
danger they take flight. that’s herd mentality.
Learning respect and ascending to authority starts on the first day of life for the foals, there is a distinct pecking order in herds of horses. This is the foundation of horse training. You as the horse trainer have to be the herd boss and have authority of the herd.
It is important to keep a quiet profile around horses. Horses naturally do not like unnecessary noise because in the wild their survival depends on detection of predators with their hearing.
Extraneous noise interferes with this predator detection. This predator detection is tightly coupled with a horse’s flight reflex. Due to these survival genetics, horses have a physiological wiring in their brains that predisposes them to prefer quietness and to become bothered by unnecessary noise. Many horses can get startled easily from abrupt noises and this could result in injury to the horse, the rider, or people around the horse. Talk to your horse in a quiet, reassuring voice.
Relationship With Horses
When horse training you must have the horse’s respect. A horse will respect you if, first and foremost, you treat it fairly, and secondly, if you allow yourself to develop a relationship with it in the same way you would a human partner. There are too many who will look after the horse’s material needs but put nothing back into the partnership itself.
The horse born in captivity will identify with an alternative provider and companion, resulting in a healthy relationship from the beginning. A healthy relationship with your horse requires:
- and a desire to please.