How Natural Horsemanship Can Help You Bond With Your Horse

Also known as ‘gentle breaking’ in the horse training world, natural horsemanship is a firm (yet fair) training method.

Professional horse riders prefer using natural horsemanship to train their equine companions because this method also helps build a deep and meaningful relationship with the animals.

fight-of-horsesNatural horsemanship uses all the principles of training; yet also takes into account the horse’s body language and natural instincts. If you want better results in your horse’s training and gain respect and trust at the same time, natural horsemanship is the horse training technique to try!

Below are three ways natural horsemanship techniques can help humans bond with their equine companions.

Understand Your Horse’s Body Language

Animals communicate with their bodies, i.e. they use different parts of their body to display emotions and feelings such as anxiety, hesitation, fear, etc. Observe what your horse is trying to tell you based on how the animal uses his or her body to communicate.

It’s really simple: if you know how and why horses move their bodies in certain ways, you’ll understand what they are trying to communicate. So:

  • Watch how your horse uses his facial expressions, ears and eyes.
  • Take a look at how they use their neck, head, and tail.
  • Every animal makes their own unique voices and your horse is no different. Listen closely to the voice of your horse before feeding or during grooming.
  • Closely watch and take cue from the horse’s legs and posture.

Applying Pressure to Your Horse

Horse trainers use two types of pressure when training horses: direct and indirect pressure. Before doing this yourself, you must first understand the purpose of applying pressure.

Direct Pressure: Touching with your hands.

Indirect Pressure: Using a lead rope when training.

Applying pressure to your horse while in training will help the animal understand what you require him to do.

Professional horse trainers say this should be done with care and consistency, as that is the only way your horse will learn how and when to calmly respond to pressure.   

Ground Training Your Horse

side-view-of-a-woman-grooming-horses-leg-outdoorsRemember: consistent routine is very important when it comes to training and bonding with your horse. Since grooming is an essential part of ground training, make sure you groom your horse every day.

Ground training also allows you to develop acceptable behaviors and boundaries with your horse.

Practice various leading exercises every day with your equine companion. These exercises will let your horse know of personal space and that it should be respected.

The relationship between man and horse is indeed something to cherish. You’ll find it’s easier to bond with your horse if the animal has a fun time during his training. Watch the online videos on horse training and natural horsemanship and apply what you learn!

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