Monty Roberts, author of The Man Who Listens to Horses, taught the world to understand the horse through body language. Observing mustangs in the wild, Monty Roberts discovered a silent language of nverbal communication between horse and human. While some of us are naturally intuitive and have a passion for working with wild horses, Monty Roberts lived his passion, creating Equus. Understanding equine behavior is the key to a successful relationship with your horse. Gaining insight into how horses learn and perceive the world will give you the most valuable tool, kwledge. Approaching training and handling with the proper tools creates confidence, which makes your horse more confident. This is just one layer in overcoming the Fear Factor. This book is essentially a guide for understanding the nature of horses in regard to their innate fear. Natural horsemanship training makes use of natural equine behavior, which is the foundation in managing various fearful situations. How do we really kw what constitutes natural behavior the horse? Most methods of studying horse behavior come from observing feral or wild horses. Understanding how horses live and interact in the wild provides an idea of what to expect as rmal behavior in domestic horses. So what about human fear? We will explore human fear and how it affects your horse. Understanding and ackwledging your own fear is the key to gaining your confidence. Since fear is as innate in humans as it is in horses, being afraid of your horse is thing to be ashamed of. In fact, fear is our reminder to step back and set ourselves up for success. The schoolteacher, with limited horse experience, who adopts a mustang, is match for a 1,000-pound prey animal whose fear instincts have been honed for many years by t allowing predators near him. Many times, well-meaning people don't kw what to do with their fearful horse and lose their enthusiasm for their mustang. In those situations the horse suffers.
Growing up with horses and attending college for business and equine science gave Tami a natural passion and understanding of equine behavior. She believes that creating a foundation in the horse-human relationship is the first step in training. Working with equine cognition, natural horsemanship, and positive training methods, Tami developed specific techniques to assist humans in their journey to connect with their wild horses. As a volunteer Trainer the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Mims, Florida, Tami developed gentling techniques specific to wild horses. The Center is a Bureau of Land Management safe holding center for reassigned cases. She says, Working with these magnificent, resilient mustangs has been the most rewarding experience of my equine career. Tami is a member of the National Mustang Association and has been fortunate to work with members of the Colorado chapter. Through this group I have had the opportunity to observe wild horses in the Spring Creek Basin Herd Management Area, Disappointment Valley, Colorado. Working with TJ Holmes, volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chapter of the National Mustang Association, allowed Tami to document and observe wild horses and understand the natural behavior of family bands and their lifelong social interactions. Her education and work experience, both in public service and as a professional horse trainer, provide a well-formed resume in regard to working with the general public and equine groups.