Horse Head Tossing
Horse head tossing is a common problem for which people often want a solution in the form of a technique or device to physically prevent the horse from tossing his head. But natural horse training takes a different approach.
We ask, “What is causing your horse’s head tossing?” and, “How can you better prepare the horse so that he doesn’t feel the need to throw and toss his head?”
Horses are frank and truthful animals. Through their body language, they tell you what they’re thinking and feeling. A horse that tosses his head is exhibiting displaced behavior.
For example, the head tossing might be a way your horse is telling you that he wants to go faster than you are allowing his feet to go and so there is a disconnect – or lack of unity – between the horse’s mental state/desire and his physical state. Or it might indicate a lack of unity/communication with the rider.
The foundation of Parelli Natural Horsemanship is developing the relationship/communication between the horse and rider so we become more knowledgeable and perceptive about what they’re trying to communicate.
Here are some Parelli approaches to solving horse head tossing problems:
The goal of Parelli horse training is to help people become more knowledgeable around horses so they don’t have to resort to mechanical gadgets for problems like head tossing. Instead, they can learn to develop harmony and unity through understanding, communication, and psychology.
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