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Riding the Horse's Mind

The Psychology and Leadership of the Horse

Riding the Horse’s Mind: The Psychology and Leadership of the Horse provides a ground breaking explanation as to why recreational riders continue to have problems and frustrations in gaining and maintaining the trust and respect of their horses.

Here’s an excerpt from my book. Can you find any of your frustrations or concerns in it?

“As time went on and my experience working with riders of different levels and disciplines increased, I made an observation:

The riders who took riding lessons on school horses increased their skill levels with little stress and frustration. These students would groom and tack the school horses, lead them properly to the arena, do groundwork, have their lesson, and then return the horses to the grooming area. As the instructor, I would ride those school horses regularly to keep them sharp and respectful.

The riders who took lessons on their own personal horses were spending more time during the lessons talking about or dealing with their horse’s problems than actually practicing a skill.

They were dealing with personal horses who did not lead nicely, would bump into them and get into their space, would not stand quietly when tied, might nip at them, would pull their foot away when trying to pick out the hooves, would not stand still for mounting, would walk away before the rider wanted, would walk or trot or lope too fast or not fast enough, would pin their ears in different situations, might kick out or refuse cues, needed spurs or not, needed a stronger bit or not, did not trailer load or unload, did not want another horse close to them or needed a horse close to them.

Pick one, two, or several of these issues. As an instructor who cared about the riders’ safety and education, I would have endless discussions with these students about their horse problems.

These behavioral issues caused an emotional toll on the students. Some students cried, some became angry or frustrated, and confidence eroded. Sometimes fears would develop. Some students would question whether their horses liked them. Of course, the big question was always “WHY”?”

This book provides the missing piece. Although we know about the horse’s herd instinct, as humans we do not understand the horse’s level of commitment to this instinct; that horses will literally die over their placement in the herd hierarchy.

As humans we have a different set of needs and values. Our level of commitment is different because we are a different species. We need to understand the differences in species and commit to the horses’ needs and what they value.

This book looks at a comparison between the horse and human species as to their instincts, motivations, and needs. The results clearly explain why humans’ communication, interaction, and relationship with a horse frequently is ineffective and why there is a natural disconnect.

Suggestions are provided in this book to help owners and riders enhance their interspecies communication, thus, gaining their horses’ trust and respect. These changes in your attitude, intent, commitment, and consistency should help improve all aspects of your relationship with your horse. It should solve your frustrations and instill confidence.

This easy-to-read yet researched book provides the missing piece. A workbook is included to guide the reader in reaching their personal goals of safety, respect, and fun with their equine partner.

Riding instructors benefit with a new tool to help their riding students become more effective.

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