The behavior of horses tends to be rough or nervous. Even sometimes horses can be difficult to handle by man. That is why there are people who are dedicated to dealing with the behavioral problems of horses.
The horse is a sensitive animal. Being an animal social instinctively seeks a leader. Communicating with the horse and establishing our dominance position is only possible if our language is adequate. For this we must be clear about the message that we transmit with our behavior with the message we want to transfer.
In this article we will tackle one of the pioneers in the rational dressage better known as Natural Horsemanship. Today we will talk about the Chilean-British Paul Walker who has dedicated his life to the friendly treatment of our friends the equines. We hope you enjoy this article but to start we leave you with this video about Paul Walker.
¿Who is Paul Walker?
Paul Walker is a citizen of Chilean and British nationality. Raised in Chile but of British descent has a mixture that makes it unique.
Paul Walker grew up in the Andean zone of Chile. Since childhood he learned from the simple life of the countryside. He grew up surrounded by horsemen, muleteers, animals, mountains, nature in general and above all grew up surrounded by horses.
Then he began the task of smoothing horses at age 14 using a traditional and Creole methodology. Some time later, he learned from many masters including John Lyons, famous British linguist who excelled in the field of semantics. This knowledge helped Paul Walker to understand how to communicate with horses and develop their technique
Throughout his life he has tamed horses in very diverse places and environments. Through his experience he discovered the nonverbal language that allowed him to communicate with horses and that is common among the best tamers and riders.
How much experience does Paul Walker have in the love of horses?
Currently Paul Walker has more than 30 years of experience in taming wild horses in Argentina and Chile. For ten years he has worked with the technique of natural horsemanship.
Given his career, he decided to found Amanse Patagonia, a company dedicated to the amanse of horses that exclusively uses the natural horsmanship technique.
Currently with his company he is dedicated to the reeducation of horses with behavioral problems. He also gives courses on handling and debrew with natural horsmanship in Germany, Spain, Italy and France.
“El caballo es un animal especialmente sensitivo, espejo fiel de nuestras intenciones y emociones y, al ser un animal de manada, instintivamente busca un líder. Comunicarnos con él es posible sólo si nuestro lenguaje es congruente con el mensaje que deseamos transmitir”
“The horse is an especially sensitive animal, faithful mirror of our intentions and emotions and, being a herd animal, instinctively seeks a leader. Communicating with him is possible only if our language is congruent with the message we wish to convey. “
How does Paul Walker taming work?
- The tamer makes the horse focus its attention on us, to generate a positive learning relationship.
- You taught it to associate a stimulus with an answer.
- The horse must repeat the learned behavior numerous times to fix it. It is important to give the time and space necessary for the horse to be aware of what it did well and who taught it. That way the horse will recognize in us a leader.
- The first thing is to teach it to respect, and as we do it without pain, the horse begins to trust us.
- It is a way to educate the horse and create links that allow to extend this learning in the future.
What is the right motivation for an untamed horse according to the natural horsemanship?
In order to help the horse we must give it a motivation, a reason to change. Food or love for horses are prizes, but they are not interesting motivations to achieve a change in the behavior of the horses.
By his instinct there is a motivation that is intrinsic to the horse, physical exercise.
Through clear and simple lessons we must teach the horse that his best option is to listen and respect us.
The more intrinsic the motivation, the greater effect it has on horses mind. If we let the horse decide for himself which is his best alternative, that learning will never forget it.
Paul Walker and those tampers who have opted for the natural horsemanship have opened a door to the future of horsemanship. Horses tamed in this way can express their potential better and we will see new limits for their performance. They have opened up riding to a more effective and humane world.
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