louchiere79 7:54pm, 21 October 2007
I was doing alot of reading this past summer about the language of a horse, so I tried a few experiments, so communicate with my horse better. Like when he is mad and paws the ground, instead of taping his shoulder to show him I wanted him to stop being rude, I would do the same thing with my foot, and he would stop and look at me. Then too I try to mimick the sounds he makes for differant things, like talking to him in a way, and I was amazed, that when I started acting more like a horse around him, he responded to me better. So I would really like everyones imput and ideas on this, or experiments that you've tried. It would be really interesting, if no one thinks I'm totally crazy lol
louchiere79 11 years ago
Awesome! Let me know how it goes:) Good luck!
When i first got my foal Phantom, he was only a month old, his mom could not feed him so i got him. I would lay down with him, if he would pay at the ground i would too, when he ran i would run around to, i started making "horse noises" at him. Now when ever i go out there he nickers a me.
Ponytale525 11 years ago
the reverse psychology thing seems to really work, at least for one of my guys...if he is expecting you to walk right up to him in the pasture, stop and turn your back to him and he will wonder why the heck im not coming to pet him lol. less attention seems to create better attention. trying to mimic them while riding actually puts you totally in tune with them, and you will realize a lot of things you may not have before...are they stiff to one side, etc. so if he looks right, so do you, if he bends down to scratch, you reach down to scratch...it is kind of a neat thing to try!
Yah, i kinda confused my horse the first time i tried stuff like that. She kinda looked at my like what the heck are you doing idiot.
Ponytale525 11 years ago
It may seem weird at first, but I swear it works! I took some time off from riding, July to September, and worked on some natural horsemanship. For the longest time, my horse was like "excuse me, what are we doing" but now we trust each other so much! Riding is great! we are going to a clinic next weekend so maybe we will learn some new things to share!
Yeh Bandit was like that at first and then we got really close. Sometimes i swear she knew wht i was thinking before i did. i would be trotting and think lets gallop and before i could do anything she would gallop. Yah blather44, i know what you mean. I do the same thing.