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Greet & Go

liberty training, greeting your horse
When you have spent enough time on the first connection exercise “Bonding Time” your horse should regularly come to you to seek out contact. Then it’s time to start with the second connection exercise which is called “Greet & Go”.

With “Greet & Go” we turn things around: The human now takes initiative and steps to the horse by himself for a greeting.

What is the purpose of “Greet & Go”?

The objective of this exercise is to build up more trust. Because now you move and walk towards the horse which means to a lot of horses: “Now something is going to happen, I will have to do or go through something…

But with “Greet & Go” we show the horse that the human doesn’t always seek out contact because something has to happen. For instance: putting on reins, taking the horse along for training, taking care of the horse or just… petting.  Not all horses like being stroked all the time and at any moment.

The horse also learns that the human shows respect for his emotions and boundaries. It’s very important that you learn how to see subtile changes in the bodylanguage of your horse to be able to show this kind of respect.

Where do you do it?

Just like with all other exercises from Liberty Training it is advised to practice in a big space, so that the horse can take a distance is he needs to.

How do you do it?

First take your time for “Bonding Time”. At a certain moment, when the horse is calmly eating grass somewhere or is looking around, you calmly step towards the horse while keeping the boundaries the horse sets in mind.

When you arrive at the horse you invite it for contact, let the horse smell your hand and then you go away.

Horse training Greet & Go

Don’t worry if the horse doesn’t really want to make contact. By repeating this exercise regularly it will happen eventually. The horse needs to be given the time it needs if you want to build up a strong connection.

Together with the first connection exercise “Bonding Time” this is the exercise to make horses more curious and more people-orientated! But also when your horse already is curious and people-orientated this can still be a valuable exercise because you will learn to see and recognize your horses boundaries better and this way a better form of communication will grow.

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    4 thoughts on “Greet & Go

    By Shiv on 26 October 2014

    Thank you so much for posting this article! When i go up to my horse to let him sniff me, he often sniffs and then nips me. what do i do to stop this? do i just skip this step altogether or should i just do it more carefully? thank you in advance

    By Karine Vandenborre on 8 January 2015

    Hello Shiv, the 4th exercise: “Your Spot, My Spot” is good to teach your horse to be more respectful for your personal and intimate space. So I would advice you to do that a few times and then going back to “Greet & Go”

    By Luara on 8 June 2015

    So you can see how great this practice is:
    Sometimes my mare walks away from me if I’m holding a halter. Then I drop the halter and she allows me to go and greet her (and rub her head or neck, which she likes)… and I go back to pick the halter and then she accepts it.

    By Karine Vandenborre on 17 June 2015

    Yes Luara, that is exactly what happens a lot! Horses need time to make contact and greet you. They will be much happier if the human gives them that time. You are doing it great! so happy to hear you know your horse this well and that you accept this from her (that she doesn’t want to just be haltered…)

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