Natural Horsemanship

 

Horse Development

DSC00664Mutual respect between equine and human partners is emphasized in all our training programs. While force, fear and intimidation are commonly used to train horses, at ELS we build confidence through trust and communication. By teaching personal space concepts to the human partners, horses learn boundaries and become less anxious or bossy. Cooperation through good leadership starts with techniques in consistency and fairness. The three “T’s” taught are Tools, Techniques & Timing. Horses learn quickly and become less resistant as new skills are learned in a low stress environment where the positive is promoted and rewarded. Learn More…

 

Human Development

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Frequently, Equine Life Solutions offers special courses on varying topics to teach students fundamental basics with or without horse partners. Developing advanced skills early in the riding experience helps both the horse and human. It is a goal of the classes to help students transition more quickly from ‘mechanical skills’ to a natural approach. Many students take several classes to practice and build their skills and neuromuscular development more rapidly. Learn More…

Rehabilitation

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Some common causes of pain are poor saddle fit, chronic or acute injury, or age-related arthritis. At ELS we first assess a horse for pain before addressing the confusion or fear. Many times the assessment and treatment eliminates the confusion and fear, thus the behaviors disappear. Learn More…

Behavioral:

Mylissa & Joey-2517In our experience pain and confusion are the main causes of resistant or oppositional behavior in horses. Pain and confusion cause fear which causes fight or flight responses in horses. These responses look like bucking, bolting, biting, kicking, striking, and/or rearing. Through this behavior, horses teach us the necessity of clear leadership roles within the human-horse relationship. Learn More…