Why “Being the Boss” of the Horse Isn’t Necessary

Many riders have been told that the only way to be successful with horses, to be able to teach and train them, is through first “being the boss”. It is often taught that aggression is a necessary part of working with horses because of their social structure and need for a clear “pecking order.”

I disagree with these statements and believe there is a big difference between being aggressive and being assertive.

If you have ever struggled getting a horse to respond and have been told to just “show him whose boss”, you may find a sense of relief watching this video. Working with our horses shouldn’t be about who is bigger and stronger, as we will lose that battle every time! Rather it is about being clear and consistent, taking the time to create a relationship with the horse while always looking for the best way to communicate and teach them what it is we want.

Watch the video below and then scroll down to leave a comment!

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