Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
"Wait- wuuuuh? Horses do trust humans though- if they don't trust you wont eat them theyd be skeptical of your every move in fear theyd be dinner, lol.. right?" Wrong.
This is a good example of the difference between trust and training. Horses are taught from the time they are born in captivity to know humans will not eat them, why, because the human has never given the horse a reason to fear being eaten. Horses do respond to hurt, but it must be done correctly. A horse will not retain memory of an action it has performed for more than 3 seconds. The trainer that has a horse misbehave, then takes it to the wood shed for the proverbial spanking, is teaching he horse the wood shed is a place of pain, and will then fear the wood shed, rather than fear the misbehavior that occurred minutes ago.
Horses want to be where it is comfortable. You do not need to "love on them, brush them, or sing to them" to make them comfortable. They are very comfortable, just being near a human that is not a threat to them. This is why, the "join-up" routine works with horses. You make it more comfortable to be near to you, rather than, working away from you. The "loving on them, etc", does nothing for the horse, but everything for the human. It puts the human in a demeanor acceptable to the horse. The same thing, can be accomplished just by standing by them, and doing absolutely nothing. The outlaw, can some times be cured, by simply spending a lot of nothing time with a human.
Your nervous horse must be taught, that what ever it is causing her flight instinct to come forth, will not hurt her when you are near. Allowing her to be nervous while your are near, is teaching her to be nervous.
Last edited by bbsmfg3; 06-02-2013 at 08:59 AM.