There’s no such thing as a ‘horse whisperer’

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Horse training is logic, not magic, says Neil Davies.
Horse training is logic, not magic, says Neil Davies.

Nothing irks me more than when people call me a Horse Whisperer. Let me say once and for all – I’m not a Horse Whisperer. 

There are no special gifts or secret magic powers when it comes to training horses. No-one can teach a horse by ‘whispering’ or looking into his eyes. No-one can apply some ‘secret’ process and have horses instantly understand everything forever more.

No, I’m not a Horse Whisperer, but I have devoted my life to working with horses and trying to understand them. There’s always a simple and logical reason why horses respond as they do.

The trouble is that sometimes a horse understands what the trainer wants and responds accordingly even though an observer can’t see or understand what’s happening. Next minute, people say that the trainer has a ‘special gift’ and a ‘magical connection’.

Lots of trainers start to believe these myths and think that they are indeed a Horse Whisperer, complete with something special that mere mortals can never attain. It makes them feel good to tell their pupils “You don’t have what it takes. You haven’t got the gift.”

This is completely untrue. I’ve seen people with very little experience do amazing things with horses. Horse training is logic, not magic. When you see a horse working at liberty or being ridden without a bridle, please remember that it’s not magic. There’s always a perfectly logical reason why a horse performs well. And don’t forget, there’s always a perfectly logical reason why a horse bucks or rears or kicks up and resists.

There’s no magic involved when it comes to horse training. And there’s no such thing as a Horse Whisperer.

 

neil-daviesNeil Davies began training horses full-time in 1977. Over the next 15 years, he started more than a thousand horses under saddle and trained thousands of so-called ‘problem’ horses. [read more]

He is the author of Fear-free Horse Training – every step of the way.

Visit Neil’s website at www.fearfreehorsetraining.com.

Neil Davies

Neil Davies began training horses full-time in 1977. Over the next fifteen years, he started more than a thousand horses under saddle and trained thousands of so-called ‘problem’ horses. From $100 backyard ponies to thoroughbreds worth millions, Neil has seen it all. » Read Neil's profile

2 thoughts on “There’s no such thing as a ‘horse whisperer’

  • July 28, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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    Of course there are horse whisperers 🙂 They are people who put the horse first, who ask so lightly that only the horse hears, that understand what the horse is trying to tell them….no, nothing ‘magical, it takes empathy, patience, persistence, hard work and desire to achieve that status….you happen to be one of the few imo 🙂 That’s why they are called ‘horse whisperers’ because the whispers cannot be heard by ‘normal’ people 🙂

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    • August 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm
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      well said & totally agree Alyth.

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