Why Natural Horsemanship?

  • More effective way of communication
  • No use of fear and intimidation
  • Makes sure the horse is capable of what you ask
  • Creates an emotional bond with your equine
  • Sets clear boundaries and expectations
bitless horse training to make horse and human become better partners - Susann training a quarterhorse

Training techniques that are based on so-called natural horsemanship principles look to establish a relationship with the horse that is based on trust and understanding rather than fear or intimidation. Which means that as humans, we seek to see the world through the horse’s eye rather than make the horse adapt to our behavior.

A natural or holistic approach to horsemanship creates a trust based connection with your equine partner that will then lead to better communication which in return will lead to better results in whatever discipline you might want to pursue. It’s the foundation for a strong and resilient bond with your horse.

And come to think about it, would you rather get into continuous fights with a 1,000lbs animal or would you like to solve issues in a way that your horse understands what you ask of him and, thus, stays calm and relaxed? Would you rather have him get scared and try to save himself in a stressful situation or would you like your horse to look to you for leadership and safety?

My belief is that as horse owners we should always strive for the latter since it is not just a better outcome for the horse but it is also safer for us humans in the end.

Once we start our horsemanship journey based on these principles we will soon notice that this approach is not just about the horse and how we interact with him. These principles will spill over into our everyday lives and prompt us to work on ourselves so we can be better partners for our equine friends.

At The Wooden Horse I cordially invite you to start this journey with me.

My wish for you and your horse is that you will find continuous safety and joy in each other’s presence and form a trustful relationship where the sky’s the limit.