What’s Your Horsemanship Training Style?

Our interpretations of the horse’s nature and actions have a profound effect on everything we do in our horsemanship. Some viewpoints can lead us to compassion and connection, while others will take us down paths where both horses and humans are likely to struggle. Learning to spot the difference – and to make adjustments when you find yourself drifting into muddy waters – is an important part of building a solid foundation of trust between you and your horse. In this article, we will look at four styles of horsemanship that are based on different interpretations of how horses think and what their actions mean, including my own style, which I call “Relational Horsemanship.” I hope that exploring these various approaches will help you to clarify your own interpretations, understand how they shape your horsemanship and balance any tendencies of thought that could impede the development of a positive relationship…

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