greet and go liberty connection training

January 3rd,  2014

By Karine Vandenborre

Greet & Go

When you have spent enough time on the first connection exercise Bonding Time, it’s time to start with the second connection exercise “Greet & Go”. With Greet & Go, we turn things around: the human now takes initiative and approaches the horse for a greeting.

greeting your horse respecting boundaries

What's the purpose of  “Greet & Go”?

With Greet & Go, we show the horse that the human doesn’t always seek out contact because he wants something from the horse, like haltering the horse, starting a training session, or simply petting. No, the human can also just greet the horse, without further expectations.

The horse also learns that the human shows respect for his emotions and boundaries. During Greet & Go we listen and react to the subtle changes in the horse’s body language, and we show respect for the boundaries the horse is setting when it comes to his personal and intimate space.

This shows the horse that you are open to what he is saying, and that you take into account what he wants/doesn't want.

Respecting the horse's "no"

When doing Greet & Go we invite the horse to greet us.  Some horse will do that very easily, others will not want to make contact. However, by repeating this exercise regularly, and especially by respecting the horse's "no", it will happen eventually. The horse needs to be given the time he needs if you want to establish a true connection.

Together with the first connection exercise of Bonding Time, this is the exercise to make horses more curious and more human-orientated. Even if your horse already is curious and people-oriented, this can still be a valuable exercise because you will learn to better recognize your horse’s boundaries, thus allowing a deeper form of communication to grow.

Greet & Go is invaluable for horses that are difficult to approach and halter.