As I travel across the United States participating in horse expos there is a striking change that has been creeping into the horse industry the last few years, but this year I’ve seen it the BIGGEST ever! What is it? BOOING – booing from fans and attendees at horse trainers who attempt to force, dominate and strike horses for non-compliance under the guise of “training”.
While participating as a speaker at a recent horse expo, a trainer was booed right out of the ring after the horse she was “training” collapsed in despair drenched in sweat and physically shaking in fear. The crowd grew angrier as the trainer continued to work with the horse attempting to get him on his feet. It was a horrific, shameful sight as the trainer left the arena with the echoes of BOOO ringing in her ears.
In my travels I’m witnessing a growing number of people recognizing their horses have emotions, and feelings they can no longer ignore. Their fuzzy motorcycle doesn’t want to be with them, turns away or runs off and has to be coaxed with food. I find myself surrounded by bewildered horse owners who are discovering their relationship with their horse is one-sided leaving them on the outside of the herd. For many they can no longer bear witnessing their trainer take a whip to their horse or be yelled at or ridiculed for not showing their horse who the “boss” is.
Then there are the people who seek me out to express their skepticism of gentler horse training and safer bitless riding. To those people I simply pose the question “would you go to your grandpa’s dentist”? The answer was always a resounding NO WAY, “well why not?” I’d ask. The answers were always the same, “those days were barbaric” and/or “research & technology has improved, we know so much more now”. WELL the same goes for horse care and training right? Why would we continue down a path that no longer serves us? If we want gentle meaningful relationships with our horses, why would we choose methods that use force, pain and fear?
And THE most common fear expressed to me is “my horse will run away if I take the bit out their mouth”. To that expressed fear my response is “you might want to reconsider your relationship with your horse if your horse would rather get away from you”. I explain “horses are hard-wired to require a herd leader at all times, even in your herd of two, you and your horse. If you are your horse’s herd leader they will trust you and their natural response is to not leave your side. If it takes force or pain to keep your horse with you is that the kind of relationship you really want, one based out of fear”?
What most of us want is to experience a horse that wants to be with us, returns our affection, wants to explore new trails and have exciting new adventures with us. A horse that looks out for us, that takes care of us and can find their way home in the rain, the snow, or the light of the moon with us safely on their back. That relationship IS possible and gentle bitless training is on the rise! I am very excited about the future of the horse industry as I witness new gentle horse trainers entering the field every day to support the growing number of horse lovers desiring a gentler effective way. I am deeply heartened by the growing number of students I have in my certified horse trainer program and it is spreading around the world with one of my recent graduates living in Romania.
You can learn about gentle training and safer bitless riding by watching FREE the Training the Whole Horse® video series either on my website or YouTube Channel WholisticHorsewoman. Also you’ll find on my YouTube Channel over 100 videos of horse training and virtual trail riding that demonstrates and teaches you how to have a peaceful loving relationship between you and your horse. To learn more visit http://missywryn.com/or email mailto:Info@MissyWryn.com or call toll free 888-406-7689.
Lovingly wishing you a great day and let me know if I can be of support to YOU and your horses. Missy