Originally Posted by Northern
One of Cherie's posts describes step-by-step how she trains the "obedience & trust" into a horse, & that I find to be just "taking the time it takes" gradual development of the horse's trust by inching closer over time to the object (she said it can take 2 hours of going back & forth), so this is same as approach of the "relationship" folks. Cherie also said that she'll listen to her horse if it refuses to proceed on trail, giving snake experience as an example, so this is also same as approach of the "relationship" folks.
The bottom line is trust in the leader, & it's really not a matter of training trust into a horse; trust is earned, by showing consistently that one is trustworthy.
How does the alpha get that unquestioning, instant obedience? By being the best leader/making the best decisions.
Humans do well to remember that horses are aware of dangers that we aren't, "out there"; thus we are handicapped in our judgement & must listen to our horses.
The one thing in this post that I question is this: Humans do well to remember that horses are aware of dangers that we aren't, "out there"; thus we are handicapped in our judgement & must listen to our horses.
See I don't believe that is very accurate. Yes, horses can be very tuned in to their environment but don't forget there are horses being put down every day because of that hole in the ground they didn't see or the snake bite they never saw coming. My point is that they are not magical creatures, they can be just as fallible as people when it comes to risk assessment.
Also I don't understand why it keeps being insisted upon that we must listen to the instincts of a horse more than our own intellect and powers of reasoning. I don't understand why when we, as thinking, rational people who understand that an umbrella for example is not a threat, should be expected to put a horses mindless panic of an object it has absolutely no concept of, in the driving seat. This makes no sense to me. I am the leader because I know that that wrapped stack of hay is not a threat. I am the leader because I understand that an umbrella, flying plastic bag, dog barking behind the fence, are not threats. I am the leader because although I can't see it I know that that grunting sound is coming from a pig in a shed. Why would I let a horses irrational fear take charge?
I have established the role of leader by overriding my horses fearful instincts time and time again and she has never come to harm and now leaves the decision making to me very happily.
At the end of the day a horse doesn't have to understand what the hell that flying ghost thing was, they just have to trust that you as the rider KNOW it is not a threat.