Earning the Trust of a Wild Horse
Wild horses might be overly afraid of human interaction since they are used to staying in the wild. The first step in learning how to earn your horse’s trust is learning how to approach your horse in a friendly manner. When walking towards a wild horse, a person should appear harmless and friendly, not to be perceived as a threat. This is achieved by approaching from the side, if a person were to close in on a wild horse from the front, the horse would scare away and run. Approaching a wild horse from the front seems combative, to subdue a wild horse, a friendlier approach is required.
When closing in on your wild horse, avoid staring directly in its eyes as this might come off as intimidating. Take measured steps as you extend your arm out to the horse, this will allow it to smell you. By allowing an animal to familiarize with you before closing in on it, you effectively lower its guard as it no longer perceives you as a threat. If a horse is still scared of you, you can try bending forward to appear shorter in structure, when the horse lets you close in on it, gently stroke at its nose running up its face.
For a horse to fully trust a person, familiarity has to be bred. To ensure a wild horse grows fond of a person, the person has to spend more time with the horse. As more time is spent with the horse, it will become friendlier and more used to human touch. By closely interacting with a horse, the owner can learn of its behavior patterns, learning how a horse behaves helps identify signs of disease or agitation from pests easily. Breeding familiarity with your horse is the surest way to earn its trust, but it takes time.
While talking to a horse sounds outrageous, it helps in building trust. When an owner calmly talks to a horse, it reassures the horse. The more you engage with a horse, the more familiar it becomes with human company. Talking to a horse creates trust as the horse starts viewing you as a reliable leader. Bonding with your horse makes the horse submissive to you. The tone you use matters, a horse owner has to use a calm and relaxed tone to control the animal.
Horses have a specific way of being touched, a failure to follow these techniques might agitate a horse instead of creating a firmer bond. When touching a horse, rub it or stroke it to simulate how horses rub on each other in the wild. Since a wild horse is not yet accustomed to human touch, the owner has to work with what a horse is used to in the early days. While patting may work on smaller pets such as dogs, horses prefer to be gently stroked. By spending time grooming your horse and caring for it, a natural bond of fondness will grow.