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When you hear the term ‘horsemanship’, what do you think? Natural horsemanship?

Wikipedia defines Natural horsemanship as follows:

Natural horsemanship, colloquially known as horse whispering, is a collective term for a variety of horse training techniques which have seen rapid growth in popularity since the 1980s. The techniques vary in their precise tenets but generally share principles of developing a rapport with horses, using communication techniques derived from observation of free-roaming horses, and rejecting abusive training methods.

It goes on to say:

High profile practitioners of natural horsemanship market their methods and equipment extensively through books, television appearances, live shows and other media.

And herein lies the challenge as we see it in that “natural horsemanship” has become somewhat of a catch-all term, a marketing Trojan horse if you will, for selling any number of horse training programs, some of which stray way too far from the basic tenets Wikipedia mentions such as developing rapport.

The HorseConscious community believe in true partnership with horses and demonstrating mutual respect, just as horses do in the wild.

So if you have ever had the feeling that what you are being taught is not ‘right’ or there must be a better way, then you’re in the right place.

To give you a little more sense of our approach, you might like to start by reading one of the following articles or you can simply browse through the full list below. Enjoy!

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Learning Compassionate Communication
March 10, 2017 / By Tess Delismurf
What is Good Horsemanship
March 3, 2017 / By Ari Sizemore
Using Treats To Your Horse
March 3, 2017 / By Stina Herberg
How To Stay Fit For Riding
December 16, 2016 / By Martine du floo
Interview with Susan de Klein
December 6, 2016 / By Martine du floo
Bitless Training System
October 14, 2016 / By Ishbak Shehadeh
How To Use A Round Pen
September 23, 2016 / By Franklin Levinson
Seeing is Believing For Horses
May 13, 2016 / By Franklin Levinson
Horses aren’t made to be ridden
April 22, 2016 / By Chuck Mintzlaff
The Power of Total Relaxation
March 11, 2016 / By Sivia Gold
Fridays Odyssey
February 12, 2016 / By Ari Sizemore
A Guide To Dressage
January 28, 2016 / By Mark
Preparation for Mounting a Nervous Horse
September 25, 2015 / By Anna Twinney
Thoroughbred Training… In Reverse!
September 18, 2015 / By C.A. Ginart
The Power Of Laughter
February 16, 2015 / By Sivia Gold
Desensitizing or Flooding?
February 12, 2015 / By Ari Sizemore
Raising A Foal – Part 2
December 12, 2014 / By Paul Sloot
Be Like A Child With Your Horse
October 15, 2014 / By Tess Delismurf
How Much Should You Work Your Horse?
October 6, 2014 / By Ari Sizemore
What’s In A Name?
October 1, 2014 / By Franklin Levinson
The Xen Of Hope
August 28, 2014 / By Sandra Wallin
To Ride Or To Wait?
July 31, 2014 / By Paul Sloot
Beyond Natural Horsemanship
July 28, 2014 / By Sivia Gold
How We Handle Horses
June 20, 2014 / By Mark
Start Your Horsemanship At 50!
June 13, 2014 / By Lauren Woodard
Connectivity And Horses
June 13, 2014 / By Franklin Levinson
The Self Loading Horse
June 6, 2014 / By Anna Twinney
Reassuring Your Horse
May 30, 2014 / By Franklin Levinson
The Power of Deep, Deep Trust
May 23, 2014 / By Sivia Gold
How Should We Train Horses?
April 11, 2014 / By Paul Sloot
How To Stop Your Horse Biting
January 24, 2014 / By Anna Twinney
Welcome To My Horse World – Part 1
January 17, 2014 / By Paul Sloot
The Kind Nature of the Horse
January 17, 2014 / By Sivia Gold
Mounting Block VS Egg-Timer: Who Wins?
December 13, 2013 / By Marcy Criner
From Pasture To Competition In 45 Days (Part 2)
December 8, 2013 / By Alessandra Deerinck
Trust Based Partnership With Horses
December 4, 2013 / By Anna Twinney
From Pasture To Competition In 45 Days
December 1, 2013 / By Alessandra Deerinck
Being A Human With A Horse
November 13, 2013 / By Kerri Lake
Give Your Horse Feedom Of Choice
October 16, 2013 / By Franklin Levinson
Blue Tongue Dressage
October 30, 2009 / By Guest Contributor