Happy Valentine's Day to all of the Pure Horse Sense readers!
Valentine's Day is a special time of the year where the whole day is dedicated to showing your love to those you care about. Whether they are human or equine, today is a great time to spread the love.
As horse people, our horses can be one of (if not the most) the most important things in our lives. Because our passion involves trust and respect, there is a true unique bond that is formed between a horse and a rider.
Now you could buy your horse all of the treats in the world or some new tack, but in the end it really just benefits you more than the horse. What I mean is, although they will enjoy all the treats, they much prefer the emotional connection and time you spend with them. Horses pick up on our emotions a lot easier that most of us realise. They become our mirrors. There is a difference in the way we feel between being with them for a few minutes feeding them carrots and going on a trail ride for hours. Although we might love them just the same, taking the time to just enjoy each other's company without rushing and without distractions is important.
If you're not a huge fan of trail riding, why not try natural horsemanship? Though it has become quite popular in the last few years, natural horsemanship promotes a strong bond and a more clear form of communication.
I found this video last week that I thought would be nice to show. You can clearly see the relationship between the trainer and the horse. You can tell that the horse is enjoying himself and kind of playing along with the trainer. Although the man may be trying to train the horse, it's done without being forceful. The trainer is teaching the horse to trust him and to acknowledge that he is the leader in the relationship.
What I would you to take from the video is that if you spend enough quality time with your horse, you can gain a relationship just as great (if not even better) than that one. If you look at the video objectively, what he was getting the horse to do was not extremely difficult. What makes it amazing to watch is to see how much of a connection this horse and trainer have. I'm not saying that anyone could just go out into a cross-country field and lunge their horse over a few obstacles with ease. I'm saying that, if you are persistent and you honestly put in the time, you can work your way up to be able to do things like this.
So, if you don't have any plans tonight, why not go visit your horse and spend some time with him. I'm sure he'd be happy to see you and would love the company.
Thank you for reading Pure Horse Sense and I wish you all a wonderful Valentine's Day.
Until next time, happy riding!