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Horse-man-ship Mentality – First you “Feel for your horse”

Updated: Jun 29

Horse-man-ship Mentality – First you “Feel for your horse”

Cowboy Wisdom with Dennis,

This is something that is of the upmost importance I believe because if you do not recognize the emotional state of being that your horse is in at any given time the things that you do with them will be often misunderstood by the horse.

For example, if you were to meet someone who was extremely sad due to any unfortunate happening and you presented yourself to them by saying oh just get happy it’s no big deal, can you imagine how that could put a damper on that relationship in future visits. But if you felt for the person, you would more than likely adjust what you would say to them and how you would act based on the emotional state of mind their feeling.

Likewise, horses have different states of emotions that they will express in their faces, posture, muscle tone, how they're standing, and how they're moving. All these things are indicative of the emotion of the moment which could vary from fear, frustration, anger to calm, willing, comfortable, and everything in between.

The better you become at reading the horse’s emotions the better you will be at communicating to them with understanding.

This is feeling for the horse, and who does not appreciate someone who has empathy towards them? This is a beautiful thing when true understanding is present.

Empathy definition: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another.

This is a rare trait to see in equestrians these days, but much needed if great horsemanship is your desire. To read more in-depth on this topic, order a copy for you and your friend of my new book coming out in September, “Clear Mental Horsemanship.”

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Mindful Riding,

Dennis Cappel - Master Horseman

Cappel Training and Shoeing


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