A guide to the benefits and dangers of natural horsemanship

Nastja Pungracic SprogarDec 31 2021

Hey, and welcome to my short guide on natural horsemanship.

In this guide I will try to give you a good idea about what natural horsemanship is.

I will also try to discuss some of its benefits and dangers.

So without further ado, let's dive right in.

What is natural horsemanship?

Natural horsemanship is a way of stabling, training and interacting with horses that resembles the natural lives of wild horses in a herd as closely as possible.

One of the main differences between natural horsemanship and traditional ways, is that the training methods strictly avoid the use of force or any training devices that can cause stress or pain for the horse.

Instead, natural horsemanship focuses on living in harmony with horses and developing a strong bond with them.

This brings us right to the next logical question.

Is natural horsemanship better than other methods?

Natural horsemanship is a recent development and the training methods are so different from mainstream horsemanship, that a needless conflict arose between the two "camps".

Personally, I don't care about taking sides.

All I care about are training methods that are the most beneficial for the horse and the owner.

In other words, I don't care about ideologies and who is better than who, I just care about what delivers results.

And after 15 years of studying any horse training method that I could get my hands on, I can honestly say that no single horse training method can deliver the best possible results for every horse, for all situations, and under all circumstances.

But if you can stay open minded and learn how to combine the best of everything, you can definitely get better and faster results than any horse owner who strictly follows a single approach to training horses.

The benefits of natural horsemanship

The main benefit of natural horsemanship is the development of a much closer relationship with your horse.

In practice, this means that you can train your horse to focus on you and respond to your body language alone.

That's when the horse is not saddled or even unbridled with you standing in front of him or next to him.

At higher levels of training, you can also ride your horse without a bridle or a halter.

The dangers of natural horsemanship

One of the main dangers for horse owners who give natural horsemanship a shot, can be their own impatience.

You see, building a relationship with a horse the natural horsemanship way, begins on the ground.

This means that there will be many exercises you have to go through before a horse owner gets to ride.

And if an impatient horse owner tries to rush the process through or cuts corners when progressing, then he may actually end up confusing the horse or even build some new bad habits with him.

In my experience, natural horsemanship can do wonders, but the one practicing it, really has to be thorough and consistent with this way of training.

Conclusion

Natural horsemanship is a relatively recent and disruptive method of training horses.

Because of this, it has also come in conflict with conventional horsemanship.

But when done right, natural horsemanship can really provide a way to build an awesome relationship with your horse.

So, if you want to see some natural horsemanship methods in action, then you're welcome to sign up for a free preview of my Mind Body Horsemanship Academy.

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