Horse Psychology in Relation to Horse Taming & Training of Wild Horses
Horse Psychology in Relation to Horse Taming & Training of Wild Horses. Before we can start training a wild horse, we need to understand how the mind of a horse works. Horses, especially wild ones, are very sensitive animals. It is a common notion that horses can sense when a rider is nervous, confident or scared. Horses have been a part of various civilizations for a long time. Ever since we have learned to tame these animals, horses have been the primary form of transportation in the centuries past.
We need to understand that horses are creatures of movement. They live through movement. In the wild, the survival of the horse depends entirely on movement. They also learn things in the wild through movement. That is why horses, wild horses, can be so graceful. Every time you see them run free in the fields, you stare at the perfect motion of its body. It is like watching a ballerina or a figure skater doing a routine, or watching Michael Jordan doing one of his moves above the rim, with grace. Unfortunately, that is the reason why horses have unusually large brains for animals their size. They use most of it just to keep their feet in the right place. Their brains are specially structured to control their movement, because as previously mentioned, they are creatures of movement.
Another thing we have to understand about horses is that, they are herd animals. In the world of horses, they follow a certain hierarchy like wolf packs. Every herd has to have a leader. Like wolves, horses are required to follow the leader, but they are also obligated to constantly challenge that leader. A strong leader makes a strong herd. Horses feel more secure when they have a leader, but they also expect the most from their leader. Occasionally, the horse will test its leader, to see if it is still worthy of entrusting with its life and safety. The leader has to pass those tests; otherwise, the horse will take over. Horses do not like to be leaders; but make no mistake, they will if they have to. Understand that you are the leader in this scenario. You have to be firm, consistent, and precise when dealing with horses.
As a leader, you have to be able to make the horse move its feet. Because in the wild, the herd leader leads through movement. If the horse complies with you, that means he has accepted your leadership. You have to show your dominance over him. That is what leaders in the animal kingdom do.