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post #21 of 23 Old 04-18-2013, 05:46 PM
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I thought that as interesting to had to see what was on good old Google!!!
There were always people when I was growing up that could have been described as "horse whisperers' because they had some inner quality that seemed to enable them to calm a horse down where others failed - a cousin of my grandfathers that I spent a lot of time with used to take 'impossible' horses to break or sort out and I watched him get them relaxed and settled really fast with no running them round or stuff like that. I know that foxhunter also has memories of someone from her youth that was the same
I did find this which is interesting in itself but how factual it is I don't know
Secrets of The Horse Whisperers
A poorly referenced website on the internet does not evidence make. And even if a smidgen of that reflects reality, the 1870s is hardly "ancient." I suspect any culture which used horses as transport and in agriculture had people who had an affinity with them and could sort out difficult ones.

Anyway, surely Xenophon is the first "horse whisperer," or at least the first one to write his methods down. And he was a Greek.
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Anyway, surely Xenophon is the first "horse whisperer," or at least the first one to write his methods down. And he was a Greek.
Agreed. There MAY have been others prior, but he was the first to write it down so gets the credit.

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By using the term natural horsemanship, trainers are doing things that often replicate what happens in the wild herd. When training isn't fear based there is less chance the horse will let your down in a ticklish situation. I've seen horses forced in their training and the moment stress got to be too much the horses blew up. 30 days isn't really enough time to build a solid horse that you will feel safe with. Half a dozen rides doesn't cut it. Try to find a trainer near enough that you can drop in a few times a week. Also, be sure to take a few lessons on your horse to get a feel for it's training.
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