We have to realize that part of the horse’s horse-anality today is based on his learned behavior.
A horse can actually change his horse-anality or modify it through learned behavior.
Spirit is part of a horse’s innate package, but has to do with the amount of life or energy he puts into things.
Spirit is the multiplying factor.
For example, horses are born with the innate characteristic to be sensitive and aware of things.
If a horse doesn’t have a lot of spirit, he is not going to put a whole lot of energy into his sensitivity or awareness.
But a horse with a lot of spirit is going to really react to something another horse would practically ignore.
Some horses are born spooky, but they don’t have a lot of spirit.
But one that is born spooky and spirited is a lot of horse to deal with.
When selecting a horse, you should select one with the innate characteristics you like and those that fit your personality, whether it is mental attributes, disposition, or spirit.
Be careful to pick the spirit that fits you.
A lot of people tend to pick their poison and often are out-spirited by their horses.
Then, they try to subdue the horses through mechanical or physical means.
After they get frustrated or afraid, they sell those horses and then go out and buy other horses with exactly the same innate characteristics and spirit.
Don’t pick your poison! Understand that whatever spirit a horse has is what you’ve got to deal with, and leave it alone.
If you don’t, you’ll destroy the horse’s spirit, and that’s a mortal sin to a Natural Horse-Man.
Learn how horse-analities are made up and become a good “pick” or selector of horse-analities that fit your personality.
Pick the type of horse-anality that you’re able to deal with effectively.
The part that you can modify or change or shape up the way you like is through learned behavior.
So by becoming a good pick of horse-analities, you’re making sure that your personality and your horse’s horseanality profiles match.
It’s important to understand at what level of Natural Horse-Man-Ship you are so you can pick a horse to fit your particular situation. N A T U R A L H O R S E – M A N – S H I P herd together, which means safety.
It’s stronger in some individuals than in others.
It stems from the herd hierarchy and structure.
In today’s world, the naturalness some horses have to herd and to dominate has been genetically coded and bred into them.
We call these horses “cow horses,” or we say that such a horse has a lot of “cow.” There are various forms of cow horses, from roping horses to cutting horses.
I’ve noticed that most cutting horses are also very dominant horses within the herd.
Watching horses at play has always been a favorite pastime for humans.
And I’m sure that people have long dreamed of being able to duplicate the natural acts that horses perform when they frolic while they are on the horses’ backs.
I think this has helped develop the sports of dressage and reining, which are English and western counterparts to each other.
In them, the rider basically asks his horse to more or less frolic and do the other athletic maneuvers.
Pulling has always been the hallmark of the strong horse.
Throughout history, big, strong horses have pulled plows, wagons, and carriages as part of their work.
Today, we also enjoy pulling and driving for recreation and contest.
What’s important in all this is to remember that while we try to genetically code our horses and breed them for specific things, this does not always work.
Often, horses who are bred for something specific are not good at that particular activity.
On the other hand, there are others who weren’t bred for a certain activity, yet they fool their owners and become great.
They had talent no one knew they had.
If we’ll be more objective in our analysis of a horse’s aptitudes, there might be a gem in the rough waiting to be discovered.
When you’re disappointed that your race horse does not show speed, maybe he has other talents, such as jumping or running barrels.
For example, Doc Bar was bred to be a race horse, yet he was a halter horse, and later became the all-time sire of great cutting horses.
Some of his sons, daughters, and grandget have made their names known among reining and pleasure horse circles as well. Horse Talents Horses have six, basic, natural talents: 1/ running; 2/ jumping, 3/ bucking, 4/ herding, 5/ playing, and 6/ pulling.
We use these talents, or a combination of these talents, for the various sports we play with horses.
A natural horseman should learn to become a good judge of a horse’s potential through aptitude testing.
I have found that the best way to find a horse’s aptitude for any of these six talents is to watch a horse, particularly a young horse, when he is at play or when he is scared.
A horse will never be more athletic than at those two times.
A horse who is fast will jump out in front of the others.
One who is apt to jump or buck well, will at that time.
One who is bold enough for herding will show that by herding his pasture mates.
Horses who are apt to do a lot of turning and spinning, prancing, dancing, and all the natural maneuvers we ask horses to do in dressage or reining will do so if they are innately strong on frolicking or playing.
Throughout history, humans have observed horses and made sport of the different talents their horses have.
For example, one day someone might have said, “My horse is faster than your horse,” and the person he was talking to disbelieved him.
They wagered on a race between the two horses.
When two people wanted to see whose horse could jump the highest, they created the contest of jumping.
Then, there always was the horse who couldn’t be rode, and the cowboy who couldn’t be throwed, and rodeo came into being.
It’s easy to see how sports involving running, jumping, and bucking evolved.
Herding, playing, and pulling are probably not as self-explanatory as running, jumping, and bucking.
Herding is a natural instinct in horses, derived from an innate trait to keep the K N O W L E D G E I had a personal example some years ago.
A girl brought a horse to me to be trained.
She had raised the horse and wanted to use him as a trail horse.
This horse, an Appaloosa, was somewhat spirited and a real natural at stopping and turning around.
The owner had no interest in having the horse for any other purpose than trail riding.
The horse would have been okay at trail riding, but he was great at reining.
The solution that we came up with was to sell him to somebody who was looking for exactly that type of horse.
With the money she received, she bought herself a horse who better fit her needs.
Everybody, including the horses, came out on top.
So, pay attention to your horse’s talents, traits, and characteristics.
If he is a real bossy individual, he might be exhibiting some talents as a cutting horse.
If he constantly jumps out of his pasture or pen, he might be your next jumping champion.
Back on the reins and squeezing him in the belly at the same time.
Instead, the human should reach down one rein and bend the horse, using lateral flexion. 3/ Think like a horse.
The next thing is learning to think like a horse, rather than a human.
That’s what this whole section on knowledge is about.
It’s a responsibility of the human to learn to think laterally, which means to look at a situation as a horse would.
Instead of immediately reacting to a situation like a human, try to see it from the horse’s point of view.
For example, you should know that horses do not have great depth perception, but humans do.
Knowing that a horse has bilateral vision and is color blind helps you to walk a minute or a mile in the horse’s horseshoes.
If you can do that, you have one of the ingredients in becoming a Natural Horse-Man.
It takes time to study horses to see what motivates them.
One good way is to watch horses in a herd situation, where they act and react the way nature programmed them. 4/ Use the natural power of focus.
The human should come to understand and use the natural power of focus.
What does focus mean? In every endeavor, sport, or anything we do, whether it is flying an airplane, driving a car, running a hurdle race, or snow skiing, focus and the line of direction are the most important ingredients.
What does this means in relationship to horses? If you look where you’re going, your horse will take you where you want to go.
Most people look at their horses’ heads because of a lack of emotional fitness.
Typically, when the horse, a live animal, acts up beneath an emotionally unfit rider, he or she gasps, tightens up, and looks down at the horse.
This is where learning about the natural power of focus comes into Eight Responsibilities In the partnership of horse and human, each has responsibilites. Four Responsibilities of the Human Most people tend to do the wrong things at the right time because they haven’t upheld their four responsibilities in the partnership. 1/ Act like a partner, not like a predator.
To not act like a predator, the human must be mentally, emotionally, and physically fit.
Mental fitness means to learn the natural knowledge about horses; emotional fitness means to be stable to deliver good leadership; and physical fitness means to be able to ride the horse and stay out of his way. 2/ Have an independent seat.
An independent seat starts with being mentally, emotionally, and physically fit.
An independent seat means that you do not use the reins for balance; you do not squeeze below your knees for grip; and you do not use two reins in an “Oh, no” situation.
When the horse starts acting like a prey animal, the human shouldn’t act like a predator by pulling N A T U R A L H O R S E – M A N – S H I P not to act like a prey animal—a born coward, born claustrophobic, and born full-throttle-aholic.
One way to do this is to expose the horse in such a way that he becomes more mentally, emotionally, and physically fit.
For example, when you say “whoa,” your horse must learn to stop physically, mentally, and emotionally.
He must not only come to a complete halt, but mentally shift gears, and emotionally calm down.
He has to willingly quit whatever he’s doing.
He must understand that quitting at your request is one of the ultimate rewards.
His new motto becomes: “Don’t just do something, stand there.” The horse has learned to stop, think about things, and stay gregarious with the human who’s on his back.
How do we get a horse to do this? Again, through exposure and experience you can teach a horse not to do something, but just stand there.
The best way I know to get a horse to not act like a prey animal is for the human to not act like a predator—neither a scared predator, nor an angry one. 2/ Not change gaits.
The horse needs to learn to maintain his gait by himself.
It shouldn’t be necessary to continually leg him on or hold him back.
It’s a frustrating thing when you have to hold a horse back with the bit or to push him on with spurs.
If you’re walking, he should walk, not jig, trot, canter, or stop.
One of the tests to see if your horse is a dependable horse is to put him on a loose rein and ask him to hold that gait, whether you’re traveling alone or in a group.
The trot is a good gait to do this in because it’s faster than a walk, but not as fast as a canter.
There’s a potential for the horse to make a mistake either way.
He can slow down to the walk or speed up to the canter. 3/ Not change directions.
The horse needs to learn to not change directions.
If you rein your horse to go in a certain direction, he should not take off on his own and go the way he wants.
If you left a horse up to his own devices, he might go back to the barn or over to the gate (if you’re in an arena).
You have to let a horse know that if he does these things, play.
Pick something in the distance and ride to it.
Then pick another point in the distance and ride to it.
The horse will learn to follow under you.
He will follow your lead.
Here’s a concept I’d like for you to consider.
There is a place called somewhere; there’s a place called nowhere; and there’s a place called somewhere else.
If you want to go somewhere, say straight ahead, you’ve got to look there; you’ve got to focus straight ahead of you.
If you want to go somewhere else, you’ve got to look to your right or left and go somewhere else.
If you want to go nowhere, look down at the ground and go nowhere.
Focus has got to be the first thing that happens.
Then your body will follow and your horse will follow the suggestions of your body.
If you focus on going to the right, your eyes roll to the right and then your head turns to the right, which turns the neck, which turns the spine, which then turns the pelvis; then your hands come.
This is what happens before what happens happens, and this is what the horse feels.
As you look to the right, your right hand goes off to the right and your left hand comes over to the right.
Your right leg opens up, your left leg pushes across.
All of these things happen in association with focusing on where you want to go or on what you want to do.
This is why it’s so important to understand the power of focus.
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