Natural horsemanship = communication, understanding and psychology
Cause your idea to become their idea, but understand their idea first.
This is key when playing with Billy Blaze. If I take the time to listen to him and understand why he doesn’t do what I’m asking all the answers are right there in front of me!
When I have been effective in my play session it means that I have been understood –and that i have taken the time to understand Billy.
It’s important to plan your play sessions around the success of your horse. If I head out there too goal oriented that equals me becoming a direct line thinker which in turn turns me into a predator. Once I become that predator Billy quits wanting to be with me and will typically try to leave the session. Even if he is online I still want his MIND to be engaged in our session.
If I take the time to understand what he is thinking that ensures that I don’t get into any arguments with him. Once I give into the argumentative side we go backwards in our journey and not forwards. Arguing with him = losing his trust.
Understanding leads to leadership which leads to safety for the horse. When the horse feels safe then you have earned it’s respect.