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to Think Like a Horse
Whats Your Horse Telling You?
Sudden or seemingly bizarre equine behavior makes perfect sense when you consider that horses are acting on survival instincts and fears that have been in place for millions of years. But one of the many great characteristics of horses, one that can make them such wonderful partners, is that they can so easily adapt to our world.
Once you start to think like a horse, youll know what makes your horse feel calm and confident and what triggers his defense mode. To get you started, Ill describe a horses basic instincts, fears, needs and routines so you can see whats going on in his mind as he responds to sights, smells, sounds, and touch.
If you can see things from your horses point of view, youll be able to anticipate his reactions to many situations and adjust your training methods accordingly. To help, Ive provided practical training suggestions that will allow you to get the most out of your precious horse time. The lasting reward will be a solid relationship with a curious, trusting, adaptable, and eager-to-please equine companion.
And, if youre like me, youll gladly accept the added bonus when you find that youve become part horse yourself !
TABLE OF CONTENTS - How to Think Like a Horse
1 Becoming the Horse|
Why Think Like a Horse?
What a Horse Needs
What Horses Don't Like
Humans and Horses
How to Become Part Horse
Chapter 2 The Horses Senses
Smell and Taste
Chapter 3 The Physical Horse
Chapter 4 The Nature of the Horse
The Battle of the Sexes
Curiosity or the Investigative Behavior
The Nomadic Lifestyle
Chapter 5 Routines
The Horse's Biological Clock
6 Good Behavior, "Bad" Behavior|
The Spirit of the Horse
Temperament and Attitude
Chapter 7 Horse Timelines
Chapter 8 Communication
Reading a Horse's Body Language
How to Communicate with Your Horse
Chapter 9 Learning
Behavior Modification Techniques
Chapter 10 Training
Content of a Training Session
A Typical Training Session
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