Providing comfort for a horse is pretty easy. In the picture you see here one of our neighbors, Mike, came over to work with some of my horses. Mike has never worked with horses before so I wanted to teach him how a horse thinks and help him understand what the horse needs. I taught him how to establish himself as the leader in a herd of two. It took him a little while to relax. The horse just seemed to go faster and faster around in the round pen. Once Mike relaxed, so did the horse. It wasn’t long after that, that Mike had that horse following him around in the round pen.
The horse finally, after Mike relaxed, realized that Mike did not want to hurt him, but would reward him with comfort, rest, if the horse would relax and think. When that happened it was an amazing transformation, not with just the horse, but with the human, Mike.
This is something that I teach in all my clinics and it is amazing to watch the horse and the human change.
I remember once I was doing a round pen demo. I had several horses to work with and had worked with about 3 of them. The responded like I expected and in no time at all they were wanting to be with me, where there was comfort. The 4th horse was a different story. The horse would not look at me, would not respond to my request and, it was starting to take a long time. I could see that folks were starting to get restless. So, I asked Kathy to go to the truck and get my rope. I was going to have to do something else. One of the guys watching started to give me a hard time, saying things like, if he were doing it he would do this or that. I respectfully listen to him and tried to answer his questions as to why I was not doing it they way he suggested. While Kathy was gone and I was leaning againt the fence waiting for her return, the horse looked at me, put his head down, and walked across the round pen to me and put his head on my chest. He figured out that I was not there to hurt him and when he realized that I could provide him comfort, rest, he followed me around that round pen like we were old friends.
Sometimes it takes time, the magic pill, to get across to a horse. Being patient is a quality that every horseman must learn and practice.
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