Passive Empowerment – Effective Communication with Your Horse

Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan on set of Brother Nature (Missy provided the horses for the movie)

In lieu of devices, violence, and food as trickery, Passive Empowerment is a true empowerment process.  Assertiveness is only needed when danger presents itself, otherwise empowerment is gained by understanding the language of the horse, observation of the horse and communication the horse can understand.  It is not about communicating in a human way or training the horse to understand at the human level, its about communication with the horse using their language and psyche of prey and herd communication to keep you and the horse safer and for the horse to understand its role in the human herd.

Passive Empowerment truly empowers through knowledge and understanding.  No need for dominance – no place for fear since fear is replaced with curiosity and compassion knowing the horse is out of its natural environment attempting to survive in captivity.  We owe it to the equine realm to listen, to respond with compassion and recognize  we are the interloper, the kidnapper, the change maker, so we need to be the benevolent master of what otherwise is our slave.

For a successful relationship we must allow give and take just as in our human relationships we have.  We owe that to the horses.  Benevolence in Mastership is paramount which generates Passive Empowerment, and with Passive Empowerment comes wisdom which horses are tuned to.

Do you notice how a horse is much calmer and responsive to a wise horse person – and did you notice the wise horse person has a quiet demeanor meeting the horse on a gentle equal level wisdom is gained when exercising Passive Empowerment.

Passive Empowerment is:

  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Observation
    • of communication
    • behavior
  • Communication using herd language

Being empowered using wise methods of observation and understanding prey psyche and herd language.  Anything other than gentle horse training (Passive Empowerment) can be considered an attack.  Think about it – when you inflict pain or force you are attacking your horse.  When it comes to desensitizing you nurture your horse through without force.  You develop curiosity which replaces fear.  In order to be with the human herd horses need to develop a less reactive response to what otherwise would set them into flight.  This is necessary to be safer within the human herd and it is done by being the compassionate herd leader your horse is genetically wired to require at all times in your herd of two.

For the human soul to thrive to drive Karma in a blessing direction for our joy and well-being that directly effects this planet and its peoples……………….

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About Gentle Horse Trainer Missy Wryn

Specializing in problem and dangerous horses Missy Wryn is an internationally recognized Gentle Horse Trainer and member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators. Missy's Training the Whole Horse® methods & techniques and the creation of her widely popular All-In-One Bitless Bridle have been featured in media such as Alaska Airlines Magazine, Equine Monthly, Natural Horse, NW Horse Source, Stable Management, The Horse Show with Rick Lamb, Horse Girl TV and more. For more information visit Missy Wryn’s website at or call toll free (888) 406-7689.
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2 Responses to Passive Empowerment – Effective Communication with Your Horse

  1. Dorothy King says:

    Hi Missy
    I just want to tell you how much I look forward to your emails. I have found your training techniques so helpful and my horse responds so well to your training methods. December 2014 my 5 year old, untrained, half arab/paint gelding arrived to my barn….I said to myself “where do I start ?”. I researched many books, training tapes, advice and I chose your methods …purchased your training tapes and a bitless bridle. I walked through all your groundwork methods….and then started in saddle by April 2015. Ka-Mal has responded so well to your gentle training methods…….amazing to watch us free lunge…no halter….no lunge line…our communication is quiet and gentle and amazingly responsive. His fears can be calmed with voice and body language….and of course one rein stops have been utilized on occasion as well, !!! We have been having so much fun since and now venturing into the countryside on trail rides. I continuously read and research other trainers and carefully filter out what is good for my horse and I but YOUR methods are my baseline and true foundation…and always will be. Thank you. Dorothy King, Newfoundland, Canada

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