“How important is it to bond with my horse?”

Riders kissing horses. Horses “hugging’ riders. When people ask about horse/human bonding, I may ask, “Tell me what you mean by bonding.” Researchers note the horse’s perspective probably doesn’t mirror the human experience. Though horses don’t share our emotional needs and goals here’s how we CAN help them feel safe and relaxed in our presence.

Blaming my horse. Assessing the communication gap.

When I assume my horse “should know better” the truth is at that moment, I’ve really just run out of creativity, patience and my knowledge of equitation science.Training horses isn’t so much horse sense as horse science. It’s not whispering. It’s not mystical. By understanding how horses learn and see the world we can communicate with more logic and less emotion.