There are two different view points regarding the training of a horse in equine horse training. There are some people who believes that a trainer must show his authority to the animal by being aggressive and powerful like a lion. The other school of thought says that the trainer should not use any form of intimidation and try and train with lots of patience and compassion. These two schools of thought are obviously extremes. The middle path is needed in equine horse training. A trainer should be firm like a lion and gentle like a lamb.
Horse lovers would completely disregard the vulgar use of authority to tame a horse. There’s no need for intimidation or ill-treatment to make a horse obey according to natural horsemanship. A person who is being followed by his subordinates naturally because they have trust in him and not by force is a successful leader as opposed to the one who has the people following him because of fear. You can use force subtly just to ensure order rather than using full force at all times. Be a successful leader for your horse by making him “respect” you and not by making him “fearful” of you. Never ever mix fear with respect.
Your horse would be comfortable and yet attentive to you and there’s no need for you to beat him if he has a respect for you. He would understand that misbehavior from him would be unacceptable to you and if the need arises you would have to discipline it too. Your horse will have confidence in your judgement and he would completely depend on you to save him in case there’s danger.
If a horse is ruled in fear, he would only follow instructions because he is afraid of what might happen to him if he won’t. The horse would become confused, disoriented, and panicky in the process if the fear will continue. He would understand your reactions of anger but would not have the orientation to understand what action of his evoked the anger in you. Thus, your horse would not know what to do just to prevent you from getting angry.
You need to communicate clearly that you are the leader and not keep exercising your command. There’s no need for you to be forceful to the horse once he understood it because he will easily obey your commands. It is better to show your strength through your techniques and confidence rather than doing it with force. In case of danger, horses could rely on their instincts. Using irresponsible force on horse would push the horse to its limits and might cause him to run away once it sees an opportunity.
For successful equine horse training treat your horse with respect. Horses are very sensitive animals that could easily be trained just by forming a special bond with them and showing them respect and confidence. Do not tolerate misbehavior too, as the horse would keep repeating it if allowed. To successfully train your horse, you can try adapting the role of the lion and lamb.