My approach to NATURAL HORSEMANSHIP is a combination of training methods which work WITH your horse’s behavior, instinct, and personality. My goal is to assist you in safely building a foundation of respect and control to enhance the relationship between you and your horse. I will show you how to effectively communicate with your horse, using a series of exercises on the ground and under saddle.You will learn to embrace the concept that horses must trust us without reservations. In other words, respect without fear. Be amazed at the results you see and achieve in such a short amount of time. I specialize in teaching Natural Horsemanship to horse owners to develop a deeper relationship with their horse.
What is Natural Horsemanship?
Definition of Natural is : true to or closely imitating nature Horsemanship is the art, ability, skill, or manner of a horseman (or master of the horse). Put it together and Natural Horsemanship is the philosophy of working with horses by appealing to their instincts. It involves developing communication techniques that closely resemble the relationships that exist between horses. Horses are social herd animals and communicate primarily through body language, using ear position, head position, speed of movement, threatening gestures, showing of teeth and swinging of hips, and many other gestures to communicate. They are quick to escalate a behavior if early warnings are not heeded.
Natural horsemanship techniques use body language along with other forms of gentle pressure with increasing escalation to get the horse to respond. Horses are quick to form a relationship of respect with humans who treat them in this fashion; “firm but fair”. Pressure and release are core concepts in Natural Horsemanship training. The basic technique is to apply a pressure to “cue” the horse for an action and then release the pressure as soon as the horse responds. Always reward the slightest “try”. Timing is everything, as the horse learns not from the pressure itself, but from the release of that pressure. These techniques are based on the principle of reinforcement, rather than physical force which builds a foundation of respect without fear.