Natural Horsemanship made easy to learn and apply.... both on the ground and in the saddle!

Turn your horse into a polite, cooperative and reliable partner who works with you

We have designed a quick and easy way to learn and apply natural horsemanship for the young, mature aged and all in between

Learn to be competent and confident at handling and riding horses

You will be taking control and beaming with confidence fast and easy.

You will learn a simple, clear, precise communication system that will quickly allow you to achieve the results you are looking for.

No need to spend years of training.... most of our clients only need between 1 to 3 lessons for them to get what they need.

The key is to understand a few things about natural horsemanship and how training can be applied easily and quickly.

What is Natural Horsemanship

Putting a name on something helps to categorise it so that in a single or few words, we can all understand the essence of what we are trying to describe. So, yes, we teach natural horsemanship or horse whispering, as it has become known. However...

There should be no big mystique about natural horsemanship. Clever marketing and movies have made it seem much more than what it really is.

Ultimately, it is about good horsemanship and the essence of natural horsemanship | horse whispering is as follows.

Being a good horseman (gender neutral of course) is a combination of -

  1. Safety for you and the horse
  2. Considering the welfare of the horse both physically and emotionally
  3. Knowing how to motivate the horse in a fair and empathetic manner so it responds to your requests in a willing manner
  4. Being observant and understanding the signals that the horse offers us.
  5. Giving the horse a chance to choose options in order to discover the desired behaviour, rather than giving it no choice.
  6. Taking the time to develop and improve the responses from the horse rather than expecting it to be perfect with a quick-fix.
  7. Understanding how to use equipment effectively, fairly and safely for you and the horse.

There is a lot more that can be discussed to define good horsemanship but it really isn't necessary. Within the parameters described above, there is enough scope to realize that there can be more than one good way of getting the job done and natural horsemanship is not the exclusive domain of only one or two trainers.

The natural horsemanship methods I use and teach are definable and learnable. This means it will empower you to get along with your horse harmoniously.

What I teach does not require a lot of special equipment. This is about simplicity and effectiveness without any razzmatazz. You can call it natural horsemanship or horse whispering if you like but to me, it is simply good horsemanship.

To Use A Bit or Not

Some natural horsemanship trainers suggest that using a bit is not natural and therefore, should not be used but this is both unrealistic and not true.

The choice is yours. If you don't want to use a bit, you will be shown how to ride successfully without one. However, it is important to understand the following.

  • Many of our clients need to use a bit for pony club, adult riding and competitions.
  • All of what we do with horses is unnatural. The only truly natural thing for a horse is to be in the wild, unhandled.
  • The issue is whether you are hurting your horse or are you creating a willing, happy partner without pain?

You will learn how to use a kind, soft horse bit and how to use it so that you do not create pain or discomfort for the horse.

Using a good bit, in the correct way is paramount in our training.

Is This A Good Training Method

When investigating training methods to determine if worthy of your acceptance, may I suggest that you apply the following rules to assess a training method and trainer:-

Can you get hurt? nothing can ever be guaranteed as horses are unpredictable but all reasonable precautions must be inherent in the training both on the ground and when riding. Whether on the ground or riding, understanding how to keep yourself safe is paramount. Also, helmets should be worn at least when riding.

Can the horse get hurt? again, nothing can ever be guaranteed. Avoiding tie-down or tie-up methods, inappropriate rope use such as butt-ropes, using adequate leg protection, working environment etc will go along way to avoiding unnecessary harm.

Is the horse calmer after the lesson than before? there should be a discernible difference in the emotional state of the horse, a lowered state of excitement, a sense of calm and cooperation, more willingness.

Is the horse physically capable of doing what you are asking it to do? If your horse is injured or has arthritis for example, then one would think it is obvious that there will be limitations to your horses capability. In such case, it is not safe for the horse to ask it to do what it cannot do without harm.

Some Noted Trainers Fail This Test

There are many so-called natural horsemanship trainers and high level riding instructors whose methods fail this assessment !

Just because someone has a high profile doesn't mean all of their methods are safe and good for you and or the horse. We pride ourselves on only using methods that meet the training assessment.

You can assess anyone's training methods. Part of what they do may meet the test but perhaps not all. So just use what meets the assessment test and ignore the rest.

Failed Methods - To Be Avoided

Here are some examples of methods that fail the assessment:-

Basically, it is anything that ties a horses head down, leg up, mouth or tongue closed. Also, unfair methods of hitting the horse or confining the horse.

Not all of these methods are still being used by natural horsemanship trainers but some are; and there are other high level riding instructors using some of these methods.

Such methods unnecessarily risk the horses safety and emotional wellbeing.

hobbled horsenatural horsemanship

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Whilst many people argue that they have trained horses in some of these ways and never had a problem, that misses the point.

The consideration is could it happen, are you increasing the chances of harm in what you are doing? The answer is YES !

There have been horrific accidents when these methods have been used. The long term damage physically and emotionally can be devastating for the horse.

So, please learn the "Assessment Rules" and apply them.
My training methods absolutely adhere to these rules.

I hope this information helps you.
Norm Glenn

 

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