Horses Naturally Speak Horse
You Must Learn It.
Horses are herd animals and very much rely on the hierarchy system for comfort and protection. One horse, often the Mare will take the responsibility of lead horse. All other horses will fall into a numerical sequence behind her. No horse minds being number 6 in the pecking order because that means there're 5 other horses in front to warn of any dangers and for protection.
Horses further down the pecking order will always give way to higher ordered horses at drinking holes and feed grounds. This is a respect issue. The higher up the pecking order the greater is the responsibility for the rest of the herd. Now here's the problem, if you want to be respected by your horse you must be higher in the pecking order than him. The question is, Does your horse see you higher in the pecking order? or does he push you around, not stand still for you, disregard you? Don't worry if that's the case because this site will soon change that.
A horse is a fearaholic, clausterphobic, runaholic muscle machine. Horses, in the wild and often when domesticated and trained the cowboy way, continue with their naturally fears. Horses are naturally ready for flight or fight and flight is their first choice. A horse when frightened or startled will, naturally, charge up his engine (that's his powerful hind quarters), put it in full power and his hind quarters will drive through his entire body and force him in whatever direction his head is pointing. It doesn't matter what's in front of him it's a naturally reaction. For 1000's of years horses have acted this way, it's naturally for them, they have survived this long because of this reaction.
Unfortunately this is the very reaction we don't want. How do we change it? A lot, if not most, will tell you that you have to break the horse but that is not correct. If you break the horse of his naturally protection what will he have left. He'll always have that inherent feeling and so when something new startles him off he goes, he'll be unpredictable. Hence the many false tales about horses. What must be done first is to understand your horse, understand how they think, understand their needs, understand their wants.
A horse, naturally, uses the right side of his brain. This is the defence portion, the frantic portion, the panick side, the reaction side, that has kept the horse alive for generations. The left side, on the other hand, is the thinking side, the calming side. What we need to do is encourage the horse to use his left side more than his right side of his brain. Doing so will allow the horse to calmly understand what is happening by replacing the reaction only defence with a calmer reaction. By changing the way a horse thinks, we allow him to become braver, become calmer and therefore happier, not afraid of every new sound, of every new sight and feeling but with a new skill, the skill to stop and think, do I need to panick?
If you follow through the games we play (training) you will notice that your horse will start to move his lips in a chewing fashion. When this happens during a training session it is a sign that your horse is understanding what's going on and digesting this new appraoch and storing it in his left brain. Over time your horse's left brain will take over bringing an end to your horses previous approach, that of a panic reaction.
This is the beginning of "Developing a New Relationship" with your horse. Good luck and have many good days with your horse.