Feeling and sensations
Communication and feeling are represented by Santi Serra Camps and his horses and dogs.
In order to have a good relation and feeling with horses is fundamental to know their nature, their lifestyle and learn their language. In fact, the key to communicate with horses is to listen what they are saying us and not asking him what we want. Only when we learn to listen to them, to understand their way of thinking and acting, we can manage them efficiently.
The aim is to create friendship based on mutual trust and confidence. Our horses must be happy to be with us, must enjoy what we do together and understand what we expected from them.
In this way they will do their best. What we need is to love them.
The first step is always to consider that horses are herd animals. In the wild they live in family group and roam over a wild area for up to eighteen hours a day. They are flight animals, running away from perceived danger but when cornered will bite, kick, strike out and buck or rear in an attempt to rid themeselves of the danger.
Normally they are silent animals, because they try to hide themeselves from predators.
Horses are large, flighty and unpredictable. They are much sensitive, have an excellent memory and are creatures of habit. We must pay attention to these natural attributes in order to manage them efficiently and take care of them.
In domestic life and ordinary stable management we must respect their natural habits and needs, whatever the discipline we practice, handling, riding or working in freedom. It is always the same, no difference if the horse is involved in jumping, racing or in shows.
Horses are horses and we have the duty to respect them. Horses do not know the difference between good and bad but they are quick to learn and react to the way they are handled. Horses have reasoning power and excellent memories. Their training from the earliest age must establish confidence, trust and good habits, which in time become instinctive. Their memory can however also work against them.
If startled or frightened by circumstances or people, a horse never forgets. Given the same situation he will always be likely to think back and react in a similar way. Most bad behaviour by horses, both in and out stable, is caused by incorrect handling, particularly when the horse is young.
Do never forget that the horse is a creature of habit and appreciates a regular routine. He can be easily upset by sudden and unespected change.
So, we must deeply know the nature of horses if we want to become horsemen. Opposite in nature, horse and man can become friend and can love each other; it depends on us…
‘Every science and every art has its own principles and rules that lead to new discoveries and perfection.
Why should horsemanship be the only art for which practice alone is needed…?’ de la Gueriniere observed….