Natural horsemanship can be defined as, working with or training
horses in a kind manner, which is consistent with a horse’s
natural behavior, instincts and personality.
Training horses starts with understanding how their minds
work. You have to understand what is logical to the horse.
The horse's mind does not work the same way as yours. They
do not associate events or a sequence of actions in the same
way we reason that things are related. To train a horse, therefore,
you have to understand how horse logic works and base your
training on that.
Horses are prey animals. They are in an undesirable position
in the food chain and they know it. Their eyes are on the
outside of their heads so they can see danger coming from
any direction. When we approach a horse, it has no way of
knowing what our actual intent is. It can only observe our
actions and make a decision that it is safe to stay put or
safer to flee.
Natural horsemanship works because it recognizes that it
is easier for a horse to understand what we want them to do
if we communicate to them in a language they already understand,
rather than attempting to teach them our language.
Don Healy knows how horses think, act and react. He also
knows that all horses are not the same, so he adjusts their
training methods to allow the horse to progress at its own
pace. But, one thing is always the same for all horses and
that is the process he uses called "pressure and release".
Whether you are looking to start a horse or modify an undesirable
behavior, Don will work with you and your horse to form a
working relationship based on mutual trust and respect.
After looking through the website feel free to contact
Don with any questions you may have regarding his training
methods, to inquire about Don's clinics, or to check on his
availability to work with your horse.