Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Yeah, AlexS said it be the leader; and that comes from your horse respecting you. Horses in a herd trust each other and they aint out there giving each other treats every day. First, gain your horses respect and show that horse that you are its leader. From here it will learn to trust your judgement (unless you go giving it a reason not to) and it will learn that you won’t ask it to do anything it can’t do (again unless you give it a reason to think otherwise) and you will be AMAZED at what lengths they will be willing to go if you ask them. As for getting a bond with them, well what I think of when I think of having a bond with a horse, is where we are so accustom to each other that your thoughts are translated into the horses actions. There’s nothing mystical or spiritual, or mentally telepathic about it, it’s just that your instructions for the horse are so natural to you it’s like how you walk without thinking about putting one leg in front of the other (try walking by actually thinking it through rather than actually just letting it happen and see how it feels). The horse is so attuned to what your little movements mean that it does them just as naturally, without thinking much about it. That kind of bond you only get through hours, and hours, and hours, and hours, in the saddle.