Posted : 7/21/2014 10:10:20 AM
I think there's a lot to learn just by watching some of the big trainers working with horses. Then you can try. I think most of the "natural" horsemanship stuff tries to mimic the behavior of the herd. One of the things they do to each other is applying pressure. They might use their teeth, their feet,, their bodies or just their "if looks could kill" eyes. :)
I like to use a training stick/string. There are lots of ways to use it without whipping them. But if you stand at her head and even put your thumb against her chest and tell her to back, then keep applying pressure until she takes a step backward, then immediately stop pushing and praise her, that's yeilding to pressure and she's learning. The trick is to remove the pressure as soon as she gives you a teensy bit of movement in the right direction.
And repetition repetition repetition.