Our definition of relational horsemanship is“the care, training and riding of horses in harmony with their natural behaviour, diet, movement and physical being.”
We believe this means that the human individual will truly strive to understand the equine individual and be prepared to practice good and natural horsemanship. Clients attending our natural horsemanship programme will therefore be schooled in the following:
- Clients will understand or learn about horse psychology and social systems (ethology).
- Clients will provide a herd situation for the horses to live in – other equine company they can touch (no isolation from others), with natural breeding and weaning practices.
- Clients will understand why at the Equine Therapy Center we keep the horse in as large an area as possible for most of the time with access to shelter from all types of weather – no constant stabling, small paddocks or confinement to yards for more than a couple of hours at a time unless absolutely necessary (eg. severe injury).
- Feeding is a varied diet of suitable (low sugar) feeds: grass, hay and grain (when required) with correct mineral supplementation to balance any deficiencies – includes providing salt at all times.
- Clients will learn to care for their hooves; our horses are all barefoot trimmed and therefore have the opportunity of self-trimming, we will use hoof boots when protection is needed – no metal horse shoes!
- Clients will understand appropriate veterinary treatment, including worming on a regular basis as required for the man-made environment they must live in.
- They will train/educate the horse in a compassionate, respectful way that gives them confidence and allows them to move freely as nature intended – no bits, spurs, other equipment or methods that compromise the horse’s ability to perform at their best.
- Clients will learn to listen to the horse and ride to ensure mutual enjoyment
If you want to get to understand how horses really work, how they communicate, how they emote, their expressions and how to ride in true harmony come and talk to us about some relational horsemanship sessions.