Training ~ Posture ("Printer Friendly" version of this page)
applies to both the human and the horse. To the horse, we humans look like a
predator. We stand upright, tend to walk straight at them, our ears are flat
against our heads, and we make direct eye contact like a predator. Horses are
on the other end of the food chain. They are prey animals. Horses can overcome
these issues with us, but we have to earn their trust. In contrast, the horse
will carry itself differently when relaxed, stressed or fearful. You need to
be able to carry your posture differently for training situations and read
what the horse's body language is telling you.
over into the saddle. If you tense up your muscles and get "stiff"
you send a message to your horse that something is wrong or you deaden them
to the feel off your seat. If you stay relaxed and don't over react you will
teach your horse to be calm.
There is some risk involved in horse training for both you and the horse. Horses can cause serious injury. Be sensible and dont attempt anything that is outside your comfort level. This information is intended to illustrate how we apply our training techniques, you are responsible for using this information wisely. If you dont feel comfortable with your abilities or an exercise, dont do it! Seek advice or assistance from a professional horse trainer. Stay on the "high side of trouble".
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Updated Sept. 2012