Herd of Horses
My main objective for our Ranch Herd is to keep and preserve their handling solid and practical within the natural horsemanship philosophy.
The big test is of course when they are confronted with a herd environment for the first time. This can be quite overwhelming when you are surrounded by horses in ‘horseville’!
Most volunteers come from a stable background, where most horses have isolated stalls or little paddocks.
The system in these stalls is for total convenience for the human but not for the horse. They get their horse out of an isolated stall, cross tie him to groom and saddle him. There is usually no time spent in teaching responsibility for the horse and developing a true connection between horse and human ‘partner’.
We use a very different reality of ‘working with horses’. Every morning we enter the Herd environment, which is in a huge open range. We use our senses, observe and listen to find the horses.
When the horses see us we wait for an invitation to enter their space (with just enough energy to balance their energy) and we invite them to come to us at liberty so we can halter them.
Energy can be felt as pressure for horses, which they try to avoid at all times. Their self-preservation always seeks safety and comfort and the right energy balance. The horse will let us know if we can provide that just like the herd does for them.
Our herd of 26 horses lives year round outside in harmony with nature and wildlife and roam on our 160 acre property. The terrain is quite varied with forests, hills and open meadows.