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Natural horsemanship isn’t a new style of training. It has been around for a very long time! In the last few decades, famous clinicians like Buck Brannaman, Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli, and Monty Roberts have come forward. There are many others, as well!

Natural horsemanship requires using the horse’s natural instincts and communication to train them. Pressure and release is used in placed of fear and pain. In turn, the trainer and their horse build a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.

Natural Horsemanship Benefits

  1. Communication becomes clear and easily understood between horse and handler.
  2. There is mutual respect.
  3. You learn to empathize with your horse and listen to their needs.
  4. It requires you to be patient and keep your cool.
  5. You and the horse create a ‘mini herd’. There is a deeper connection formed.
  6. There are exercises you can do on the ground that transfer to the saddle.
  7. It opens the door to liberty training.
  8. It’s easy to find a trainer or program to guide you through the steps.
  9. You don’t need a ton of fancy equipment. Most trainers use a rope halter and training stick.
  10. There’s a large community of other riders that are very encouraging and supportive.

There are plenty more benefits of natural horsemanship. If you want a great connection with your horse based on respect and understanding, then consider trying it!