You may be familiar with the term 'Natural Horsemanship'. Gaining its popularity in the 1980s, and heavily influenced by big names such as Monty Roberts and Pat Parelli, 'Natural Horsemanship' is about gaining a horse's respect, trust and confidence - in a sense, you are building an equal bond between you and your horse during the training process.
Natural Horsemanship uses methods of training more closely related to the horse's natural behaviour. The use of body language is often implemented to communicate during training and in turn it is said to help develop respect on equal grounds between horse and rider. Training uses reinforcement, and the idea of pressure and release, to get results that avoid the use of physical force.
We have compiled a list of our 'Natural Horsemanship' products for you to take a look at:
- Ideal for training
- Strong panic hook
- Thickness approx. 1,5 cm
- Length: approx. 4,2 cm
- Attaches to belt
- Size: 15 x 13 cm
- Diameter: 10,5 cm
- Serves as an extension to the rider/trainer's arm
- Length of stick: 1,26m
- Length of bow: 1,80m
- Helps your horse to relax his neck
- Encourages a free walk
- Helps the horse to lengthen their stride and improve balance
- Learns the rider not to depend on reins
- Only use this neck strap in a fenced in paddock or indoor riding arena
Of course, as with many training methods, there are controversial attitudes towards the techniques involved, and many riders do require to push with the physical demands of traditional methods, especially when training competition horse's that require accuracy and immense concentration in the job.
Obviously, there are positives to both 'Natural Horsemanship' and more traditional training methods, and there is a huge amount of crossover between the two. What method works for you just depends on the type of horse you have and the discipline you ride in... Natural training does not have to mean 'weak' and equally traditional does not mean 'tough'.