Next time you are with your horse pay attention to your interactions. Begin to notice your actions and the affect it has on your horse. Realize your thoughts will correlate directly with your horse’s response. Small movements like your weight distribution influences their balance. Where you place your eyes has different meanings. Watch this short clip to enhance your knowledge of your horse’s silent communication and take it back to the barn – your horse will thank you!
When watching horses in pastures, pens or out in the wild you notice that they have a heightened sense of awareness. Within the herd they expect to be acknowledged be that through a glimpse of an eye, raising the head, turning towards the individual or in fact moving away. A sign of respect, leadership and indeed partnership. Its the very first step to be able to converse in unspoken words. Our natural horsemanship methodologies come from decades of observing untouched horses. We bridge the gap between the two Worlds and are including you within this journey! Make the first step towards a relaxed and respectful horse. Discover how to to create safe boundaries on an untouched weanling without bullying.
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Excerpt from the “Ask Anna” section of the Reach Out to Horses Newsletter
What is the deal with “Trust-Based” horsemanship?
Great question. I of course can’t and won’t speak for other trainers or teachers, but I can tell you why we call the ROTH methodologies “trust-based” and why that is so important.
The most fundamental element to any relationship is communication. And without communication, you cannot create an effective training program. But it is not enough to be able to speak basic “horse” and simply get your horse to do what it is told…. at least not for me. After all, the better the communication, the better the training.
For example, most trainers understand that horse’s are “into-pressure” animals. That means that if a horse feels pressure they will move towards it to eliminate the pressure rather than move away. So if you know that is what your horse will do and you just create a training system that takes advantage of that concept, you aren’t truly communicating or building trust between you and your horse. You are simply teaching the horse that when you feel this, or when you see that, you do this!
To create trust, instead, bring in confidence building steps that allow your horse to understand what you are asking and to communicate effectively with your horse. At ROTH we shape behavior with communication, not force.
We aren’t looking to create a robot, we are looking for a team player.
True communication is 2-way. By giving your horse a chance to be heard, you allow him to have a voice in his own life and specifically how his training goes. When you do that he will tell you what works for him and what doesn’t, the pace he is comfortable working with, the concerns he may have, and very important, his learning style.
Truly effective horsemanship isn’t about forcing a horse to comply with a one-size fits all system. It is about creating a program around each horse and giving him a voice in that training.
By being fluent in the language of the horse you are able to avoid a cookie-cutter training approach and create a genuine, willing participant in your horse. From that you will build a true partnership based on honesty, integrity, communication and trust.
Remember, it’s not about compliance, it is about partnership.
How do you know if your training is “trust-based”?
If you are using the language or the nature of the horse against it so that it will do whatever it is you want it to do, then that is not trust-based. There is no trust or honesty in that training. Instead you are using your knowledge of the horse’s psychology or behavior to simply make him more or less uncomfortable as you shape his behavior and achieve the outcome you desire.
If, on the other hand, you are fluent in the language of the horse and you use that language in your training to communicate and listen to your horse, adapt the training to your horse’s needs, character, personality, likes and dislikes, and learning style, you can create a training method that works for your individual horse, and develop real trust. Then you have created an entirely unique program based on your horse and you… not just your needs and capability.
In short, think compatibility, not uniformity. Think partnership, not compliance. Think creativity and communication, not system. Work with the nature of your horse to build trust, not against the nature of your horse to create a robot and you will be amazed at how quickly your horse will become a true partner.
International Horse Whisperer and Equine Behaviorist, Anna Twinney, and Reach Out to Horses were excited to team up with Zuma’s Rescue Ranch in Littleton, CO and Shiloh Acres Horse Rescue in Ault, CO for a week of rescue horses and trust-based horsemanship.
From April 21-27, Anna introduced 10 students and multiple rescued horses to the world of trust-based learning. During the course of the 7-day event, the participants worked with horses who have been abandoned, abused, starved and sent to slaughter. These horses, often troubled and leery of humans, are given a second chance at a new life.
Anna Twinney is known around the world for her gentle and genuine trust-based horsemanship methodologies. Her unique program focuses on the language of the horse and using that language to work with the horses, giving them a voice and a say in their training.
“Bringing these horses around can be a tricky matter. But the first step in any successful training program is to gain their trust through integrity, authenticity and compassion. Once you have that you can often create a life-long partnership with a willing participant,” says Anna.
Once the horses are trained, Zuma’s and Shiloh Acres often have an easier time adopting out the rescued horses, finding them permanent homes with loving people and opening room for more horses to be rescued from unthinkable fates.
“I’ve been saying for the last few years that I wanted to find a different/new/better way to be with horses. I’ve finally found that way with Anna’s teaching.” Janet Prior
Zuma’s Rescue Ranch is focused on pairing rescued horses with at risk kids in a nurturing, healing manner and environment. Together they learn to trust and love one another. Once trust of the horse/human pair is accomplished, they move into learning to love and nurture themselves and others.
Shiloh Acres Rescue is a small, family operated non-profit organization dedicated to helping slaughter-bound, abused, neglected and unwanted horses.
For more information about the week or to possibly adopt one of the horses contact Reach Out to Horses at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jodi at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch at email@example.com or call 303-346-7493.
Follow the horses progress through the week on ROTH’s YouTube Channel and find hundreds more informitave videos!