One of the best ways to achieve good results with horses is simply to treat them how you would like to be treated yourself-with dignity, kindness and respect.
Equines as a species are a very intelligent and intuitive animals and due to this have complex social structures, which include a flexible pecking order within the herd, which you should be the Alpha mare of when horses are in your presence. . . .regardless of whether you are male or female.
Now please do not misinterpret the above statement into that you need to be aggressive or domineering with your horse to be an Alpha as that's not what this means and is the surest way to get into trouble with horses. This is because it triggers their prey response as their instincts will automatically "flight" or "fight" to any form of anger or aggression from a human due yo your being a threat and a predator. The hard approach never works with horses and one incident of this nature will just prove to your horse that you aren't emotionally collected enough to be his Alpha.
What is meant by being "Alpha" is to be a kind and consistent leader that your horse can rely on . . .so your approach to your horse needs to be the same . . .not driving him away for rubbing his head on you one minute then petting him when he does this the next.
The same rules need to be applied daily with your horses as they really thrive on the consistency of this sort of communication.
Another important factor with horses is using equine psychology to communicate your training to them as opposed to force, punishment or intimidation.
This can be achieved through gaining respect through ground work ,which also involves moving your horses feet. Who moves who in horseland is Alpha!
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