Horses move other horses by applying pressure. If a lower horse yields to a higher horse, pressure is released. When the lower horse moves, he may protest with a tail swish or kick. If the pecking order is not well established, the lower horse may challenge the higher horse by pushing back, biting, rearing or kicking.
You use the same technique to communicate with your horse. A good horseman tries to achieve a result with the least amount of pressure. For example, he’ll ask his horse to back up with a simple voice command, nod of his head, or light touch to the chest.
If the horse doesn’t respond, he’ll turn up the heat.
- Pretty please
- You better
- You should have
When the horse moves, he gets release. That’s the right answer, and the horse just learned it. No hugging and kissing, no verbal praise, those are pressure.
The mom in this video starts in stage 1 but ends up in stage 4, where she lays down the law. The segment of interest runs from 1:24 to 13:58.