Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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For a horse to learn trust, you will have to give him direction and guidance in a way that he understands, making him feel comfortable and at ease. Horses learn from the release of pressure not from blowing up! Horses are most responsive to light, always changing pressure. When you feel calm, it will transfer to your horse and help him stay calm. If you feel confident & courageous, he will respond to you with confidence. If you are feeling anxious or unsure, your horse too will feel it, & will become tentative and/or nervous. When you are angry-the horse feels your anger & will be confused and wary of you. If you are fearful, your horse will immediately pick up on that & will match your fear, just as he did with his herd. He will be fearful out of respect for your fear. Keep in mind that while your fear is emotional; your horse’s fear will manifest physically & cause him to tense up. One element of training your horse is giving your horse the confidence he needs to overcome his fears, which is directly related to you, how you feel emotionally, and what feeling you transmit your horse, regardless of whether you are on the ground with him or in the saddle.
Because of how sensitive horses are regarding our feelings & emotions, when we handle our horses, it is best to be in a balanced state of mind, & emotionally at peace. Your horse will automatically reflect this and it will help him behave in a calm manner. Just as he becomes one with his herd & takes on its mood & mindset, your horse should become one with you, taking on your mood and mindset. In an almost magical way, a horse mirrors his handler, for the good or bad. It is because of this “reflective” tendency that horses sometimes seem to have split personalities, behaving calmly for one person, and being spooky and restless with another, in the same situation. It always comes back to the issue of leadership! So why would anyone push a horse to the point of blowing up??