Natural Horsemanship Concepts

Written by Dallas Smith
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Natural horsemanship concepts, for anyone not familiar with them, are distinguished by their reliance on the natural instincts of the horse. Where traditional English riding techniques tend to create a highly stylistic riding form that is not intrinsic to the horse's nature, natural techniques are somewhat more casual, and are more conducive to western trail riding. Each technique is effective in its own right, but for western riding, natural techniques are preferred.

Natural Horsemanship Concepts Explained

Natural horsemanship concepts are centered around a horse's natural tendencies and inclinations. When controlled effectively, without using force, these tendencies are perfect for the long, sometimes arduous trail rides common in the West. The rider takes advantage of the horse's natural gait, leading to the optimal performance that the horse can achieve throughout those long rides.

With an emphasis on the horse's psychology with regards to every aspect of his or her care, including grooming and saddling, natural techniques ensure the greatest level of trust between horse and rider, leading to exceptionally fulfilling rides. With regards to grooming, natural techniques teach a rider how to ensure the maximum comfort level through proper padding and saddling, and again, the horse's comfort is essential throughout the duration of a long trail ride.

When a rider achieves mastery of natural horsemanship techniques, the results are a surprising simplicity and ease of riding that makes for an exceptionally satisfying ride. This ease is essential when you are out on the trail, allowing you to focus exclusively on the landscape around you and the good company of your fellow riders, all the while fully confident of your horse's comfort. If you haven't tried these techniques before, take advantage of the many training opportunities you can find out West, and experience a truly enriching ride that can give you a new perspective on the capabilities of your horse.

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