The Gift of the Horse
Rural TV Links
Through presenting touch to the horse and observing his reaction, you will continually gain understanding of the touch language of the horse and build the horse’s confidence that you know how to communicate consistently in that language. If we are uptight or hurried, your touch will telegraph that to the horse. He will not know that your mind is still working out that problem at home or the office. All the horse knows is that the relationship is between you and him in that moment and your touch is sending a message of tension and anxiety and he can only respond accordingly based on what you are presenting. So before you begin introducing tactile stimulation to your horse consider your own frame of mind and how you are going to present the new stimulus to your horse.
Once the horse is comfortable in your presence, you can begin to present the tactile stimulation. Before you begin, consider how the mom teaches her young about appropriate touch. She will nuzzle, lick, nudge her young. If the colt is brash or abrasive she may bite or kick to show her displeasure with his touch.
When you proceed to introducing a lariat or brush or carrot stick, consider each of these as an extension of your hand. Remember that you are bringing something new into the relationship. Present the item to the horse in an open way so he can smell it, as you did your hand. Keep in mind that you are introducing a foreign object to the horse, something that the horse has no grasp of. As you did with introducing your hand, remove the object and offer a release. After the horse is comfortable with the object you may rub it on his shoulder. If the horse feels the need to move off, allow him to do so and watch for his eye to soften, a sigh, a lowering of the head, any sign that the horse has relaxed.
��� Site News
Recent Stories Courtesy of Google News
Animal cruelty inquiry may figure in Dallas review of Texas Horse Park deal
Dec 1, 2013 • Dallas Morning News“Our purpose is to provide healing and uplifting resources through the gift of the horse, animal, nature and ranch experience,” says the Storybook mission statement, “while providing and recreating historically educational environments.” Questions on ... More
Jason Statham calls for stunt Oscars
Nov 22, 2013 • The GuardianJason Statham has added his voice to leading figures in the stunt co-ordination sector of the industry for stunt performers to be rewarded with their own Oscar category. Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine, Statham said: "I think it is an overlooked ... More
GEORGE BROWN Hold 'er Newt, she's headed for the barn
Sep 21, 2012 • The Clermont SunThe gift of the horse was perhaps the one good thing European explorers and settlers did for Native Americans. The abandoned horses ran wild and multiplied quickly. By the early 1700s the use of horses had revolutionized life for the Indian tribes of ... More
Equine educators never stop learning
May 25, 2012 • Western Producer (subscription)“I am a student of the horse, and that has allowed me some wonderful opportunities,” Michael said after a horsemanship clinic at the Mane Event held in Red Deer April 27-29. “We never stop learning and that is why we don't call ourselves trainers. More
Horses, specialists provide unique therapy in Deer Park
Oct 20, 2011 • The Spokesman ReviewAs Trey helped lead Monte out of the ring, Moug said, “The gift of the horse is that Trey can achieve those positions on the horse and translate that into everyday life.” Though hippotherapy has been widely embraced and promoted throughout Europe, Moug ... More