We Establish Effective Equine Communication

We Establish Effective Equine Communication

There is no great training secret. You go off of body language, trust, respect ... all achieved through ground manners and ground training. A horse is not so complex. It is a massive prey animal, with (sometimes) crazy instincts and strange reactions. When a horse comes to us and is said to be "crazy" or "impossible", nine out of ten times the owner lacks the proper means of communication with his equine partner, the horse becomes frustrated and everything tends to explode.

    Horses respond to reward and punishment, pressure and release, etc. A horse easily understands when he has done something good, as well as something bad. We find this second nature, and not difficult in the least. Many do not find this case, and they need a little help. That is where we are more than happy to share our success and training methods with you.

   Just like a relationship, your horse needs respect, clear and concise communication as it is constantly looking for approval and needs more confidence and ultimately trust and love. The more confidence you set, the more your horse will follow you blindly with fewer questions. You say jump, they say how far. Building trust comes from you being a strong, confident leader.

    In a herd, the matriarch mare is the one that leads the way, contrary to what most people think, that it's the stallion. A stallion will always acquiesce to an old punchy brood mare who runs the remuda, throwing her weight around. It is up to you to assume this role so that if there is danger, a fright, something new and strange, your horse will seek you immediately for your comfort, confidence and to make sure everything is okay- especially a timid horse.

   When a horse has an owner who is not a leader, he will quickly find himself lost, frustrated, frightened, angry and finally rebellious and bitter. The little human will then see this as a threat from his equine friend and will puff up, throw his arms out, yank the horse around by lead, pull at the lead with all his weight trying to get the horse to move forward and so on. The horse is not being bad, he is simply acting like he does not feel safe, confident and lacks a strong leader. It is a vicious circle here and gets worse until the owner has a "crazy" horse and the horse pins ears, refuses to stand, etc.

    Enter the Trainer

    We are given "crazy" horses and the first thing we do is evaluate the level of their madness or the lack of leadership they received. The biggest horse to date was 2300+ pounds and he thought he was the man, could push small insignificant humans around and send us running. No. We threw out a little "nasty" equine body language his way, grabbed him by the lead and showed that we were not scared. He proceeded to pull out his bag of tricks- flailing hooves, bared teeth, turning his bum towards us, charging.... We stand our ground and the horse suddenly stops his tizzy fit and blows hard, staring at us .. totally confused. But we were supposed to be afraid and quit. No. Minutes later, he is putty in our hands and follows us wherever we go in the round pen. No tizzy fit. No threatening body language. No more strikes with dinner plate sized hooves. This is an example of effective communication. Sometimes simply snaking is enough to make a horse stop their "attack" as they puff up and posture.

    A trainer can not be intimidated or threatened. A trainer knows all the tricks of the book and can avoid hooves, teeth, throwing weight around. A good trainer can see a horse telegraph his movement and be two steps in front of the horse. It is second nature. The average horse owner does not even know how to accurately read the body language of his horse, much less be able to communicate with him from 40 meters away, in the pasture.

  This is what we do. We are as couples therapy counselors. If you are experiencing a problem with your horse, we can help.