How can WHC help?

The When Horses Choose training method is positioned somewhere between natural horsemanship and horse whispering techniques, but Mia’s methods stand out from both schools. The key to Mia’s technique is that the horse is completely free and chooses to cooperate without the need for coaxing.

Mia creates a common ground for horse and human, and teaches the horse’s owner to communicate with the horse based on its communication and behaviour.

At the same time, Mia builds on the horse’s natural instincts, needs and signals. Mia developed this method as a continuation of the horse’s language, social behaviour and hierarchy. 

This means that there is no need to coerce the horse into cooperating in human terms. The individual becomes the leader at the horse’s choosing and it decides to follow because it has complete confidence in its leader.

Moving away from issuing commands to using two-way communication involves radical change. But this is what builds respect and a solid and secure foundation.

The benefits are immediately evident. The horse achieves faster results without recurring power struggles or problems. And this is because the horse understands the training.

 

Tilridning

Når du får din hest med hjem fra Mia, vil du opleve en tillidsfuld hest i balance. Den har lært, at mennesket lytter til den og handler ud fra den viden.

Når Mia rider en hest til, bor den hos hende i træningsperioden. Hun opfordrer ejeren til at komme så tit som muligt og selv blive en del af træningen.

I begyndelsen arbejder Mia med den frie hest fra jorden. Hun lærer den at følge sig som leder helt uden betingelser og helt uden snor. Hun lærer den at stå stille, så ejeren i fremtiden kan lade sin hest at stå hvor som helst, uden at skulle binde den.

Fra jorden lærer Mia også hesten de forskellige signaler, som rytteren bruger under ridningen. Samtidig lærer hun den øvelserne i grunddressuren.

Når hun første gang sidder på ryggen af hesten, foregår det også helt frit og uden udstyr. Mia vil vide præcis, hvad der sker i hesten og i dens krop, uden at der er et dække, en sadel eller seletøj til at sløre hestens kommunikation.

Gennem hestetræning arbejder Mia også med at gøre hesten smidig, med at bygge dens muskler op og med grunddressuren.

 

Hun kan med sin metode opnå samme resultater med hesten inden for spring og dressur uden bid og uden sadel, som den traditionelle ridning kan med bid og sadel. Skal hesten bruges til konkurrence, vænner hun den til sportens udstyr.

 

Problem solving

Problem solving is all about changing behaviour and learning to read and understand the horse. The majority of problem horses have developed nervous or aggressive behaviour because the owner and the horse have gone awry by each other’s signals. 

 

Perhaps there was a past event in the horse’s life that has caused it to become defensive. Perhaps the horse has managed to take over control and leadership. Perhaps the horse is in pain.

Mia lets the problem horse free in her training arena to establish calm as quickly as possible. She doesn’t run the horse around the ring until it gets tired; she wants to work with a horse that is fit and relaxed. 

Mia observes the horse and establishes leadership with it straight away. Then, before starting the training, she finds out if the horse is experiencing any pain.

Sometimes the problem is fairly easy to fix. There are other times when Mia recommends that the horse should stay with her for a while. From the first moment the owner meets their horse again, they will be able to walk with it without a lead rope, bit or harness. 

 

It will stop, back up and turn to one side and then the other – openly and freely. It will follow the owner because the horse has chosen the human being as its leader.

 

Stallion training

Be more gentle. Be more assertive. Be more aware. This is Mia’s best advice on training stallions. 

 

These are the guidelines she follows when working with them. Mia lets the stallion free and trains it in exactly the same way as she trains all other horses.

Mia immediately starts to invite the horse to be a part of her herd. It might call after the mares; it might try to take over. But it will choose to cooperate and be part of the herd – just as a stallion chooses to follow a lead mare or a lead stallion in a natural setting.

At the Viking Saga Ranch in California, the wild stallions showed Mia what they were capable of. She got to know their language, their body language and their behaviour. They taught her about rank and dominance, limitations and needs.

 

Stallions need to be with other horses – being isolated can have psychological repercussions. Mia therefore recommends that stallions should be with other herd members whenever possible.

 

Rehabilitation

Horses might need rehabilitation if they have been injured or have been stationary for a long period of time. 

 

Mia also treats horses that have had a bad ordeal or have experienced something that conflicts with their character.

The When Horses Choose training programmes include a ‘horse workout’, which Mia has developed especially for her horse rehabilitation programme.

 

Mia builds up the horse’s muscles through the academic art of riding and exercises that benefit the rider during riding.

At the same time, Mia works on building the rider’s leadership and helping them to win the horse’s trust and confidence

Rehabilitation can be used for retraining and saddle training a horse.

 

The horse must choose the individual as its leader both on the ground and during riding. To do this, it must let go of familiar ways and old habits.

Mia removes the bit, bridle and saddle from the horse. In doing this, she is reprogramming the horse – starting from scratch. She begins by strengthening the horse’s body and mind so that it has the potential once again to be an outstanding horse for the owner and the rider.

 

Trailer training

How does Mia get a free, wild horse into a trailer without using a whip, lasso or any other type of equipment?

It requires patience, a sense of calm and confidence. That’s what Mia learned aged 17 at the Viking Saga Ranch in California. Her first challenge was a feisty young lead mare in an area of 1,000 acres.

 

Mia chooses to work on the basis that the horse chooses to go into the trailer of its own accord – and this process needs sufficient time. Mia usually takes one or two training sessions to achieve this.

Because the horse chooses to go into the trailer voluntarily, it will always go time after time with no conflict, recurring anxiety or stress.

"Mia chooses to work on the basis that the horse chooses to go into the trailer of its own accord "