"How does one act like a lead horse would act? Could you be more specific or give an example of this? Thanks,"
Simply put, by mimicking a lead horse.
Horses are genetically pre-programmed to react to horse actions in a specific manner. When one performs the actions of a lead horse, horses react accordingly. Since all security in nature is found in the herd, to be a member of that herd (secure) one must comply with the directions of the herd leader. In ALL horse herds, the leader is the one who is most capable of being the leader - the leader simply leads and the others follow his (in horses it's almost always, her) lead.
Now that is what it all boils down to. How does one acquire this ability?
One acquires it by scrupulously observing how horses act with each other when there is no human influence to alter the interaction. Since there is no good or bad in nature, one cannot put emotional assessments to the actions. One must realize that these actions are for the ultimate good of the individual by preserving harmony and security within the group. In the natural scheme of horse herds there is a constant percolation of leadership - "I am the leader and I am MORE capable AND determined to do leader things than you are. You either follow my lead or you leave."
Notice that I did not put in the third choice that we as humans seem to think is a separate option - resistance. In actuality, resistance *IS* the act of not following the lead. So then, "if you are not going to follow my lead you must leave."
Now suppose the rebel says, "Sorry, not going." NOW we have two leaders. One going one way, the other going a different way. Since nature allows only one leader, the one who is the most determined to be the leader will win out and the loser WILL comply with the leader or be severely injured even killed. Then we have one leader again.
To see how the following actually is done send an email to Bonder@MarvWalker.com (Click Here For Bonder) and in moments you'll receive an email containing the current URL of the procedure.
I take the horse in an enclosure and then tell the horse by my actions, "I am the leader. This is my area and if you are going to be part of my herd, you must accept me as leader or you must leave my area and go find yourself another herd to be part of."
This is exactly what a lead horse does in a herd. It is that cut and dried - comply or leave. The horse knows, because he is a horse, what his options are. If he appears to be unsure or indifferent I insist on compliance by telling him, "Okay, no problem, leave!" It is that cut and dried. I have told him exactly like a lead horse would tell him.
*IF* he chooses to try to remove me from my perch, and some do try, AND he succeeds, he is the more capable leader. In nature, if I were an actual horse, we would close in and duke it out until one of us quits or is too injured to continue. Since I have greater reasoning ability than the horse, I know that if I do that with him, my outcome is not promising. He expects me to meet him face to face or butt to butt.
However, I demonstrate my leadership abilities by coming at him from the side which puts me into an offensive position and him into a defensive position. He MUST *give way* to defend himself. We may have to go through this a time or two but he quickly says, "Hmmm...I have no defense against this. Perhaps, I better go look for another herd to be part of."
Once he leaves, he has acknowledged my superior abilities to lead (or direct) it is extremely difficult for him to overcome that acknowledgement. If he were human, he would think to himself, "Waitaminnit! I outweigh him by at least twice, I'm faster than he is, I have rock hard clubs on the end of my legs, I'm just going to walk right up there and end all this nonsense." But he doesn't rationalize. He has come up against a situation he cannot handle and the pre-programmed genetic reaction to that is to simply flee, or for the purposes of this discussion, leave.
Now then, because I am a lazy, rationalizing human who wants to be the leader, I do not allow him to leave. If he leaves what happens to my herd? By putting him in the enclosure and deciding that the entire enclosure AND one foot outside of its boundaries is my area AND removing his ability to leave ONLY leaves him ONE choice - compliance.
But he sees it differently. He has no idea that he is traveling in a circle as he is "leaving" and that every time he looks over at me he sees that he is still in my area. As leader, I get to determine how large my area is. That is my natural right as leader. I am entitled to as much area as I can control. If I were a horse and were able to keep up with him, I could claim the whole state as my territory, but I'm not and I can't.
When he has gone for a time and found no other herd or been able to leave my area he then begins to negotiate with the leader of only herd he can find, mine. Since I am the leader, I choose the conditions - follow my lead. Since he is a horse who needs the security the herd can offer, he accepts.
Once he accepts, he agrees to allow me to lead. He allows me to do anything I ask him to do as long as I don't inflict pain on him or ask him to do anything he is unable to do. In return, I give him the right to change his mind or to have second thoughts or doubts. If he does, and some but not all do, we then return to the starting point. I re-enforce my leadership abilities - "Comply or leave." Once he has complied initially, he is quicker to comply the next time and we go on from where we were at. As time goes on the need for touch-ups, if any are needed, lessens and the rapidity of the touch-up increases.
Now then, some folks get side tracked on the matter of me not actually being a horse or the horse accepting me as one. They point out that I don't look like a horse. While it is true that I'm not a horse, I see no indication the horse rationalizes the distinction. I think it is not an issue of what the horse thinks *I* look like, I think it's an issue of what the horse looks like. How does the horse know it looks like another horse? For all the horse knows he and I look alike and horses look different from us.
If the horse were able to rationalize then this procedure might not work as flawlessly as it does, if at all. The horse is not reacting to the appearance of the operator. The horse is reacting according to the "actions" of the operator because regardless of whether the operator is a horse or human, or dog, it reacts the same way.
Bring me 100 horses, your pick, preferably the more poorly behaved the better, and I *WILL* repeatedly demonstrate the simplicity, the consistency, the connection and the positive changes "acting like" a lead horse produces.
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