Shaun was out with the kids, so I took advantage of the unnatural peace and quiet, plopped myself on the couch with a piece of cake and the clicker. Time for the RFD channel!
It was a segment on Natural Horsemanship with Renowned Trainer. I’m open-minded. Might be something useful in here if I rummage through enough uh, oddball stuff. Don’t generally follow RT’s methods, but some of her ideas are based in good horsemanship.
I almost forgot to eat the cake.
Any time we work with a horse, we must wait for the horse to invite us into his space.
This may be a few minutes or a few hours. But it is disrespectful of the horse to go uninvited into their space.
The basic idea, treating the horse with respect, is sound. Acknowledging and gauging the horse’s emotional state is just plain prudent. Making adjustments in preconceived plans in order to deal with where the horse is right now, well that’s good horsemanship.
Waiting for the horse to invite you to do something? Not so much. I imagine waiting for Micah and Lee Lee to say: “Can we please have lima bean, tofu, and liver stir-fry?” Or “I ran out of homework, can I have more please?”
Sure. Happens all the time.
People pay Big Bucks for this information? They do! She has a TV show. And Clinics. There’s a website. Ads. Special equipment.
Ahem. *noise of shingle hanging*
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- An endless supply of carrots/cookies/apples Jane Treats (sold on my website)
- Adherence to The Jane Principle: make only those requests which are entirely within the realm of your horse’s power to naturally fulfill.
Begin: stuff every opening in your clothing (pockets, collars, waistband, boot tops, cuffs, sleeves, helmet…you get the idea) with what you have on hand, say, carrots. Pretty much you want to look like a mutant orange cactus that has trouble walking.
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Proceed to horse’s area of habitation. Standing outside of gate/door (you are not invited in yet, remember?) wait for the wind to blow the scent of carrots in your horse’s direction. Depending on the size of the enclosure, this may take a couple hours. Should your horse pick up his head, give the command “Look Interested!”. Should your horse ignore the scent of carrots, give the command “Pretend You Don’t Care!”
See how easy this is? You are following the horse’s natural instincts and attaching a verbal command to his natural response.
Subsequent commands may be: “Trot Over Quickly!” or “Amble Away to the Farthest Corner, With Suspicion!” depending on the horse’s initial reaction. You are simply following nature, and doing what the horse needs in the moment. i.e. your horse will fulfill your every wish, because you are only asking what it can naturally do.
Here are a few more suggestions, for the potentially stubborn horse:
- “Breathe!” (this is almost always fail proof)
- “Look Handsome!” (not recommended for winter use)
- “Knock Me Over!”
- “Ignore me!” (popular with school horses)
- “Swat a Fly!”
Like all good horsemanship, it will take some time to implement these solid building blocks. Say 25 years or so, possibly when the horse is too old to do much but stand there while you command “Stand There!” and get on.
But you will achieve a thoroughly trained horse, without the horribly cruel torture devices of halters, lead ropes, bridles and (don’t look!) saddles.
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