First and foremost, this experience will appeal to anyone with a love of animals. As well as our four horses, we have a large menagerie of cats and dogs. Many of our animals have been rescued and the resulting proceeds from our stables go primarily to support that aspect of Rainbows End.
New horse owners looking to acquire skills in stable management and daily care for horses.
A horse person who is interested in learning more about Natural Horsemanship would also benefit.
People who like the idea of spending time with horses to take advantage of the calming effect and insights that working with horses can bring.
What is Natural Horsemanship?
Natural Horsemanship is a philosophy of working with horses based on the horse’s natural instincts and methods of communication, with the understanding that horses do not learn through fear or pain, but rather from pressure and the release of pressure.
It is a common misconception that Natural Horsemanship equals “wimpy” horsemanship, where the ‘relationship’ is prized above all else. This is not the case. Natural horsemanship trainers must use firm but fair force when necessary to ensure the safety of the rider or handler, as well as the horse. We simply do not use fear or pain to motivate the animal, nor do we attempt to force the animal into submission.
Natural horsemanship has become very popular in the past two decades and there are many books, videos, tapes, and websites available to interested equestrians. This philosophy has capitalized on the use of behavioral reinforcement to replace inhumane practices used in some methods of training, the ultimate goal of which is a calmer, happier and more willing partner in the horse.