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Intelligence may be defined in many ways. If reasoning power is part of intelligence, the horse must be rated pretty low. In fact all species below man have little or no reasoning power. But man uses his reasoning power to justify his animal instincts.
However, if intelligence is rated by qualities such as retention (memory) and speed of learning, then the horse must be considered extremely intelligent. Its memory often exceeds ours and its speed of learning is seven times faster than ours.
If correct techniques are used, desensitization to extremely frightening stimuli can often be observed within minutes. But the key is correct techniques and time spent and when should you quit. We must remember, each time we are with our horses we are teaching them something, right or wrong, we are influencing them in some way. When we are with our horses we must THINK as a horse does but first we must understand and know how the horse thinks. Oftentimes, we anthropomorphize our horses. Now there is a $10.00 word. It simply means, putting human thoughts and values in an animal’s action, and since we are speaking about horses here, putting human thoughts and values in our horses’ actions and it doesn’t work.
To help your horse learn correctly you must learn techniques or concepts, such as condition responses, counter-conditioning, and establishing ourselves as a herd leader without the use of violence, instead using subtle control of movement. The reason these techniques work so swiftly is not only because they are appropriate teaching methods, but also because the horse learns with such a remarkable speed. Again, an animal that has evolved by using its survival behavior of sprinting away from perceived danger must be a fast learner. The slow learners were the first to be eaten.
Horses seem to remember every experience in life and they categorize each experience as something to tolerate with indifference (because it is harmless), or something to run away from. (Rosie at the lunch table).
Are you something your horse should run away from? Do you have to resort to treats or a bucket of grain to get your horse to come to you? If so, the horse is in love with the treat of grain and using you to get the grain, instead of wanting to be with you.
Do you hide the halter behind your back when you are trying to catch your horse? HAHA, we’re not fooling our horse because we are being sneaky and direst. What is usually sneaky and direct to a point of stalking? Predators!! So, we just became the hunting predator and horses are very alert to that.
Well, I can tell you, the best deal is to have our horse want to catch us. Have it want to be with us.
We need to learn how, for our horse’s sake and ours. You will be glad you did.
Why not start a relationship with your horse?
The main ingredient in a relationship is trust and then and only then can a partnership begin. Want to learn more, contact me, I’ll be glad to demonstrate this concept for you..
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