Horses natural training
A good start is not something … it’s all “(Pat Parelli)
The mind of a foal is extremely receptive, the first teachings we will give him will be the ones that will remain etched in his mind for a lifetime, so it is crucial that the “tame” is carried out by someone who is ready to handle this delicate moment in a truly natural way.
The doma provides the young horse with all the necessary bases to calmly deal with what will come next: contact with man, management from the ground, preparation for the vet, the farrier, etc., to be mounted without problems at the three gaits inside and out of the stables, overcome natural and non-natural obstacles, and so on.
“The natural Colt Start should be a beautiful, wonderful, so seductive experience that the horse begins to think that everything is his idea, and that he can not wait to re-initiate the next day.” (Pat Parelli)
The “training” of the horse
“Horses do not need to be” trained “, they need good leadership and clear communication. As the leader of your two-man herd, it is your job to ensure your horse safety and serenity, to prepare it for the best in view of what you are planning to do ” (Linda Parelli)
Training is not a series of techniques accepted by constriction and / or repetition, but a healthy, balanced and natural development of the horse thanks to a man-horse relationship based on love, communication and respect. The foal immediately has an excellent relationship with man and does not simply learn to accept the requests, but to collaborate enthusiastically of his own free will!
The relationship is therefore the basis of the whole “training” formula:
relationship> respect> impulse> bending
It is the quality of the relationship between horse and man that defines everything that happens within the relationship itself; just by keeping the ingredients of this relationship balanced, one has the ideal context for applying the techniques, which in this case will automatically bear fruits and the progression that many call “training” but that is not the visible result of the qualitative growth of the relationship between the person and his horse.
“If the natural principles of Natural Horsemanship are applied by a third level horseman or above, on average a horse can become a solid and reliable partner in about 1100 hours (…) The temporal factor has a profoundly different meaning for traditional riding and for the Natural Horsemanship, the relationship with a horse is built and understood as a relationship for life, while normally too young horses become champions yes, but without a tomorrow. ” (Pat Parelli)
“With a program like mine, slow but geared to the work of a lifetime, the horse at 15 or 20 years will not only be physically intact, but will also be more solid and reliable than when it was 7.” (Pat Parelli)