Regardless of the age of your horse, it is always important to get him desensitised. Although this might be far more difficult with older horses that have already cultivated hard to break habits and instincts, it is vital that he becomes accomplished to ensure the safety of any rider.
We, humans, have a point of view about the life of horses that differs dramatically from the horses themselves. How do I know? Well, I’ve spend nearly 35 years with horses and I am an animal communicator. I have, and still do, observed them for countless hours, spending time with them in paddocks, sitting in the middle of nowhere and just be with them. This silent attitude has opened a channel of communication based on trust and understanding.
Natural horsemanship requires trainers to put in a lot of time and effort into getting a horse trained properly. Experts say that nothing can substitute for experience and persistence when it comes to learning how to train your horse using the principles of natural horsemanship
Patience is the key
Natural horsemanship is based on the conviction that horses respond better to training if their instinctive behaviours are the basis for relating to them. Another important principle is to respect the horse to gain his trust. Trainers therefore have to spend a great deal of time and effort understanding the instinctive behaviours of horses in general and the specific behaviour patterns of their horses. Because of this, great patience is the key to the realm of natural horsemanship, where nothing can be done overnight. Horses are prey animals so it takes a lot of time and patience to earn their trust and build a relationship based on mutual trust.
Following on Part 1 of Horse Care Basics, this article provides tips on grooming, management of stalls and stables and horse training.
Horse grooming tips
Wild horses stay clean by grooming themselves daily, rolling in grass, scratching against trees and getting washed by rain. They naturally know how and what to do to eliminate shedding hair and have their hooves trimmed. Domesticated horses who do not live among a herd or are confined in small areas or stables, rely entirely on humans to carry out these essential grooming tasks.