Communication is a two-way street, with a sender and a receiver. But if one relies on verbal language and the other on non-verbal language, challenges are bound to arise, making horses unruly and leaving riders frustrated. Read on to discover how to exchange the "whip' for WHIP and solve pervasive behavioral problems in your horse.
Is whipping a horse Ok?
Humane horsemanship has gone mainstream. Society is realizing animals are sentient beings who are entitled to equal rights. Where we used to be Ok with a rider hitting her disobedient horse or a child whipping her pony, we now increasingly feel pangs of unease watching it unfold. We clap for the winner of the trophy, but feel ambiguity regarding how it was achieved. Equestrians explain their use of the whip with statements like ‘horses have thicker skin’ and ‘horses process pain differently’. However, scientist discovered horses have a thinner top layer of skin with more nerve endings and sensory fibers than humans. This finding leads scientists to believe horses may actually feel more pain than humans.
But if whipping is becoming unacceptable as a horse training modality, what modality can take its place? How do we effectively promote enjoyment, flow and safety, both for our horse and for ourselves? Here is how 'WHIP' can make that happen for you.
Introducing the 'WHIP'-method: