The following 3 basics are needed
before any horse can be directed in further training.
Absolute trust in the human
Resistance being useless
Understand what is wanted and
how to do it.
Absolute trust in the human needs
to be made in order for the horse to learn willingly.
Walking under Caliphs belly
A horseman never gets trust in
a horse if the horseman breaks the spirit of the horses mind.
The human has to figure out how
the horse thinks and what it will take for the horse to willingly
submit to the human.
Resistance being useless
The horse needs to have
confidence in the horseman by being convinced that the humans are
kind. To a horse humans represent all good things and painful
experiences are the result of resistance and bad manors. The horse
needs to think that the human can have powers far greater than the
horse. Powers that are psychological.
If a horse never experiences
the bad how will he know what the good is. I am referring to
resistance. If a horse is not made to resist then the horse will
never know that resisting is useless.
This rule fosters the
punishment as soon as the act is committed. Not even 10 seconds
Understand what is wanted and how
to do it.
Blondie laying down
A horseman must acknowledge
that a horse does not know the humans language, nor thought patterns.
As a human we need to place ourselves in there position of
understanding. Going back to the alien-human sentence in the
personality section. If the alien starts saying "iglubab getron
eug" and you just stand there not knowing what the alien has
said and the alien says it again and you stand there and all of a
sudden the alien gets out his extron stick and hits you. After he
hits you do you understand what he said. No.
A horse has ingrained thought patterns
breed in to them, and the human is not part of the ingrained pattern. A
trainer must acknowledge the horses instincts and work with them to
intertwine what the human wants.
How can one get submission on
anything? Either by co-operating (wanted) or by force through fear (not
wanted). One must also
realize that bad behavior is NOT to be treated the same as good
behavior. The horse can only be rewarded for good behavior not rewarded
for bad behavior.
A horse that is trying to learn
and change his thought pattern will be easier to train and convince
verses a horse that will not try at all to change his thought pattern.
The horse that is trying will submit and further training can be done,
but the horse that is not trying submit can not advance in training. His
unwillingness will surface with any lesson that is trying to be taught.
A horse of this thought pattern will need to be "awoken" to
see the light. Different lessons will be made from the horse that is
Manage the mental
In order to do management of the
horses you need to "read" the horses language. And apply one
or more approaches.
tone of voice
Soothing a horse may be by
rubbing or brushing the horse rhythmically on the neck. It has a
hypnotic affect on the horse. It will sooth the horse to give it a
trust fact for the human.
Tone of voice is a very power
full tool. A quite or non abrasive all the way to harsh and
spiting. Of course the humans facial expression will follow the
tone. So depending on your voice he can interpret it as soothing,
requiring or exciting.
Surroundings have every thing
to do with how a horse reacts. A horse that has acres of pasture to
run around in will act different than a horse that is in a more
closed in area. Catching a horse maybe harder in a large pasture
than a more closed in area. Horses that depend on you for there meal
will also be more friendlier to handle than horses that do not need
a human for there source of surviving which are feed and water.
Training a horse in a pasture maybe more difficult than training in
an arena or a pen. Depending on horses one area that may be ok for
one horse may make another horse excited.
Repetition is associated with
surroundings. When worked there is usually an area that is just for
work and when the horse is taken to this spot he knows what is going
to happen. Some instances a horse that has been poorly trained will
then go to another person to be trained an go into a similar
situation or surrounding and feel quiet uncomfortable. If so take
the horse to another area to train from a fresh start.
Touching is different than
soothing. Touching is in the form of acceptance of a situation.
Desensitizing is the best known form of touching. Sacking out,
crowding, handling feet and touching every part of the body
Don't ask to much from a horse.
Set goals. If the horse does the lesson correctly in 5 minutes or if it
takes 1 hour then the lesson is done. Don't look for perfection first
thing or even many lesson beyond. Just as long as the horse has made one
step of progress from the previous lesson. If the step regresses from
the previous lessons then it is time to step back and think what is
going wrong. Is the human rewarding when they should not reward? Is the
human not rewarding when they should be? Is the human asking to much
thus pushing the horse in to something it does not understand? If it is
early in the training you may need to start over a few time before the
horse understands what is asked of him.
There are other areas to submission
for a horse such as a kickers, unwilling horse, fighters, but are to
only be used by experienced horsemen so I will not explain. Some people
that are quiet inexperienced may feel they are very experienced with the
early stages of horse training and spoil the horses trust, and
confidence in humans. Please consult with a knowledgeable safe horseman
in person if you have trouble with your horse that is spoiled or if you
have a hard time reading the horse.