*Understanding* - The First Of The 6 Keys To Building A Life Long Partnership With Your Horse
Yesterday we talked a little about the 6 Keys for aLife Long Partnership with your horse, today I wouldlike to visit with you about the first key,*Understanding.*
Have you ever wondered why your horse acts like he doeshow he thinks and moves? If so, then you need tounderstand the prey-predator relationship, but beforewe start it's important that you understand, if your going to effectively communicate with horses you need to *think like horses*. You need to look at and approacheverything from the *horse's point of view*.
If you understand that horses are prey animals and that*horses perceive people as predators* and realize thateach thinks differently, you can begin to understand howyour horse thinks, acts and moves, and why you react theway you do. Understand, Both the horse and human are simply considering all factors then adjusting to the situation.
If you understand that horses are Prey animals by nature,are programmed to be cowards and are herd fear-flight animals, in other words when they perceive danger they run and continue running until they feel they have escaped the danger, then you can begin to develop a deeper apreciation of why your horse acts, thinks and moves like he does.
To horses we *humans* look and smell like *predators*.If your going to communicate with your horse in aneffective manner then it's necessary to prove to yourhorse that you are not a predator. You need tounderstand what type of behavior you need to show if you are to get a certain behavior from your horse.
Once the horse accepts that you are not as bad as youseem and you are not a predator he becomes gentle, inother words he no longer perceives you to be dangerous.
In a herd of horses there is always a pecking order and once your horse decides that you are not a danger to him he will put you in a pecking order to fit into his world (remember all of this is about the horse his world and perceptions not yours) you will be placed higher or lower depending on respect and authority.
*Remember the horse is a prey animal and is supposed toact the way he does.** It's your task to help him actless like a prey animal and more like a partner. Toaccomplish this you need your horse to be sensitive oraware of your cues and communication rather than danger.
You need to turn his flight from fear reaction intoforward motion or impulsion. You have to work at gettinghim to want to be with you, to take the herd instinctand turn it into bonding with you.
The concepts you and I have discussed today are much easier said than done. Why, because horses and humans think differently and this is often a source of conflict.
Let's wrap up what we have discussed today. You willgain respect from our horse if you uphold yourresponsibilities which are: Not act like a predator,be where you need to be emotionally when communicatingwith our horse, to think like a horse and not a humanand focus on where you are headed and what you want todo, if you do your horse will sense this, respect you and follow you as the leader.
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In the next article we will discuss Mind Set; YourAttitude= How you communicate. Being assertivevs.aggressive and being evenhanded. Your mind-set(attitude) affects the mind-set (attitude) of yourhorse.
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Mike Gorzalka has spent the better part of his lifearound horses. His dad, Mike Sr., taught him theimportance of understanding the horse and how to use afirm, but kinder and gentler approach to helping horsesunderstand what it is we humans are trying tocommunicate.
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