(Last Updated On: October 18, 2020)
How to tame a wild horse? Taming a wild horse is one of the biggest challenges for the beginner unless you don’t have any training, idea, or experience on how to tame a wild horse by yourself. Considering several factors as well as your experiences, it may require a couple of hours or a couple of months to tame the wild horse. Keep in mind, it takes time to tame the horse from scratch.
How to tame a wild horse
In this article, I am going to give an overview of how to tame a wild horse
Not all horses are of equal traits. Nature, behavior, temperament, body language, age, breed, and attitude differ from horse to horse. Yet, every horse is unique and to be treated as an individual. Wild horses will be unpredictable, no doubt.
Wild horses are usually not available so easily. You have to adopt a wild horse after following some prescribed procedures from the concerned authority. Having a wild horse is a challenging experience no doubt. However, for overall success, you will have to take some training for yourself first in order that the horse finds you as a great leader and owner.
Fortunately, horses are genetically habituated and are tended to be loyal and follow justified leadership. That means the success of taming entirely depends on your passion, patience, leadership, dedication, and building bonding.
Don’t expert all learning, knowledge, and experience will be fruitful while going to tame the wild horse. Blogs and videos can only provide you some basic concept on how to tame a wild horse. Yet, you have to play your role from the front. Apply several approaches to tame the wild horse, as you don’t know which action will be working for you. It is true that one approach will work for a horse and the other action for others.
You need to have dedication, patience, time, compassion, and friendship. You need to grow trust so that the horse may believe you as one of the companions and there is nothing to worry or fear with you. You are not a threat or danger for h horse, rather, you are its companion. And obviously, the horse will trust you when you will show that kind of example and signal.
Never force or impose the horse to do anything. Be sober and cool, follow what the wild horse intends to do. If you are impatient, aggravate, and torment the horse, the taming process will be longer. The horse may buck, pull, kick, or even bite you in the beginning.
You must be patient in such cases and tray afresh. If you see the horse is furious or annoyed right now, wait for the next session in free time. However, be consistent and regular in your approach, training, and taming process.
In order to tame the wild horse, you have to draw the attention of the horse intensively. When the horse will be staring at you, you have to be as calm as possible, stand still so that the horse gets a positive signal and accept you as ‘not harmful’ for the animal. Approach the horse very slowly, utter an “easy” message and extend your arm to let the wild horse be familiar with your body smell.
Touch the neck and throat of the horse. Rub slowly. Touch your head with the horse’s head gently. If the horse doesn’t show any reaction and stays polite, your first step is completed successfully. However, in case the horse does not obey you and doesn’t stare at you, try the process again. Today, tomorrow, and beyond.
“What you have to do is catch the attention of the horse. I shoo it away a few times until it realizes that when it’s looking at me there will be calm. But if it looks somewhere else, I’ll scare it.” says a Patagonian gaucho (skilled South American horseman) in BBC Earth YouTube channel.
Pass some intensive days with the wild horse. When you will establish affinity with the horse, care, and observe it, you will be habituated to it gradually. The horse itself will be tempted and habituated with your presence. Slowly try to approach as close as you can to it. Your touch, attitude, voice, gestures, smells have an impact on a horse’s psychology.
Observe the body language of the wild horse. You should be finding it unstable and afraid. Try to interact and contact eyes with the horse from a distance. If the horse stares at you, keep the eye contact, it is a positive signal. You should know that a wild horse has an innate fight or flight response. It is common to all wild horses more or less.
Keep in touch with the horse. Let the horse learn about senses, such as smell, touch, vision, pleasure, etc. You can try with timothy hay, alfalfa, or a bucket of oats for good interaction. Your fundamental goal is to establish an intensive bonding between the wild horse and yourself.
Don’t make any sudden changes in direction. Be consistent with your goal, message, and direction from day one. Give your horse some basic ideas as a part of the taming process, about lead a walk, blanket, saddle, hackamore, direction, ride, circular move, direction, rein, sound, and jump. This phase will take time. Don’t hurry. Your patience will not let you start the process from the beginning.
In order to tame your horse for riding, walking, running, jumping, turning, and stopping, you have to undergo several steps. However, the steps will be the same as for the domesticated horse.
Groom your horse well. It is a part of care and intimacy. In the grooming process, you provide your horse touch, pleasure, and fun. The horse would feel secure and complete under your leadership and ownership. It is a great way to increase bonding.
Providing treats, reward, and appreciation for the wild horse are great ways of taming. Give it pat, and tease. When the horse feels any of its steps and attitude pleases you and gets rewarded for that, it will be gradually inspired to obey the same to please you get rewarded for that.