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Riding and Training

True Natural Horsemanship

The True Natural Horsemanship method is helpful in horseback riding and equine training too. Many of the problems that horse owners and riders experience can be corrected with the language that horses understand - the language of horses. TNH builds a foundation in communication between you and your horse from which to grow together as you get on the horse and train for riding.

The TNH method teaches you how to earn your horse's trust and respect. Let's face it, horses don't really care if you are standing beside them or riding them when it comes to how the horse views you: If your horse trusts and respects you then that is the overall reaction to everything that you do together.

Earning a horse's trust and respect takes time just like with humans between each other. When a horse respects and trusts you, there isn't much that the two of you can't do together. Horses are herd animals and a horse truly enjoys company.

True Natural Horsemanship shows you how your riding and training on horseback can improve with a good foundation. In fact, a good foundation is the logical next step to achieving a responsive and receptive horse on the ground or while riding.

TNH does not rely on whips to achieve better relationships with horses nor methods that subject an animal to needless pain, pain enforcement or pain as a substitute for effective communication.

Read more about the True Natural Horsemanship method.

True Natural Horsemanship

  • Recognizes that horses are herd animals and therefore very social.
  • Teaches the language of horses rather than the use of fear and pain.
  • Respects and honours the Horse and the enduring service to humankind.
  • Admires the Horse's intelligence, intuition and highly developed senses.
  • Respects that horses reactions come from a place of instinct and that instinct is not logic.
  • Cultivates the herd behaviour and the social skills in communication.
  • Reprimands when necessary in a language that horses can understand.

True Natural Horsemanship

True Natural Horsemanship recognizes the horse as the supreme survivor.

The earliest known horses evolved 55 million years ago. We can learn from horses.

Horses are herd animals and are therefore very social!

Horses strive for harmony in their communications with a very clear social order and behaviours that conserve energy and create strong, lasting bonds. Horses are constantly communicating (even when we don't think so!)

Horses come from a place of instinct

Instinct is a powerful survival ally and horses are equipped with highly evolved senses that guide and ensure safety for the animals. The True Natural Horsemanship method teaches us how instinct is integral to understanding the nature of the horse.

Horses are flight animals

Swift actions, loud noises and things being waved at horses ignite the flight response. Instruments of pain, force, and ropes around the neck ignite the fear response. The True Natural Horsemanship method shows a kinder, humane and effective way to train horses than abuse.

Horses are sensitive, intuitive and highly intelligent. True Natural Horsemanship teaches that horses are guided by instinct, intelligence and
											 evolutionary highly developed senses.

We can change some inherent preditor behaviours for horses to better understand.

Making simple changes in the way we are around horses can make a big difference and clear up misunderstandings by us and by our horses. The True Natural Horsemanship method teaches that horses respond intelligently and learn quickly when they understand what is being asked rather than trying to 'figure out' by experimenting with various responses and behaviours what we want.

True Natural Horsemanship recognizes that building a good foundation in communication brings lasting outcomes.

Quick fixes with instruments of pain do not last. Horses are sensitive, intuitive and highly intelligent and react to pain and fear however for horses to learn they must be relaxed, receptive and have trust their handler.

Horses have a social order in all their relationships and interactions

Horses have developed a sense of community that ensures survival, continuity and safety. Human beings are pretty similar. True Natural Horsemanship shows us how we are the same and how we differ for a better understanding of working and relating to horses.

True Natural Horsemanship

Better Communication

Learn how simple changes in working with horses produce positive outcomes for you and your horse for horse and human partnerships that blossom and continue to grow.
True Natural Horsemanship

Humane Methods

Say good-bye to whips, ropes and scary sticks with things attached that frighten horses.

Welcome receptivity, relaxation, harmony and good outcomes in horse training.
True Natural Horsemanship

No Abuse

“Horses that are either inflicted with pain or threatened continuously with pain via the use or presence of the whip has nothing to do with natural horsemanship. Abuse is abuse in any way you serve it.
- Felicia Allen, Founder
True Natural Horsemanship

Love & Adoration

Horses represent freedom, beauty, intelligence and service to Humankind.

True Natural Horsemanship embraces all that horses bring into our lives.

“True Natural Horsemanship is a bridge between human and horse, one on which we can walk together. ”

Felicia (Founder, True Natural Horsemanship)

Contact Details

Telephone:(604) 263-1023

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