Throughout the years, as humans domesticated and bred horses, gentler horses emerged. Every horse is an individual and, whether wild or domestic, wants to be recognized entirely for himself. Horses as a breed have characteristics that separate them from all other animals. We know that horses are herd animals and have a hierarchical social behavior within the herd; Within this structure, there is a trusting of individual friendship. We can see both wild and domestic horses within the herd finding a favorite partner.
This is why we humans if done right, can build a special relationship with our horses where they love to be with us. Let’s hear what an expert as Bob Burrell has to say (www.bobburrelli.com).
Curiosity in the wild. Out west on a wild horse sanctuary, I see the wild horses off at a distance. As they became aware of my presence, the whole herd looks up and stares at me. Remember, these horses have never been touched by a human. I am patient and just wait.
Eventually, they all start to walk toward me; When they are about 300 yards away, they stop and look at me. Because of their curiosity, they are waiting for my next move. If I get aggressive, they will flee. If I try to get close to them in a gentle way, they will still leave, but not so aggressively.
Domestic curiosity. At a breeding farm where five to six hundred horses are out in the pastures, I watch a herd of about one hundred off at a distance. When they look up and see me, the entire herd actually gallops toward me and surrounds me.
There are one stallion, many mares and a bunch of babies. They are friendly. I can touch them. The babies come over so I can pat them and the stallion puts his head right on my shoulder. Even though they are cautious, they are more curious and trustworthy.
The most appealing trait of the horse is that if he is loved if he is given the proper body language and leadership, he begins to put trust above his own fears.