CODE OF CONDUCT: RELATIONSHIP BASED EQUITATION, INT.
To only manage horses in a respectful, gentle & fair manner.
Build a relationship of respect and trust with horses.
Allow horses mental room and time to work out what is being asked of it.
Use a Code of Communicating with horses which always asks respectfully and gently first when a task is required, never ask a horse to do anything in a hard, game playing, forceful, non-upfront, or disrespectful manner.
Never micromanage, control, or leave a horse without the freedom to choose to act as asked.
Allow horses mental and physical freedom in all actions to exist in their own right without disrespect.
Allow, give time and encourage horses to ask and communicate with you.
Allow horses to completely retain their spirit, energy, and enthusiasm for life.
Never disrespect a horse by playing mind games. Always be completely up front, natural and honest in all your actions.
Never use cruelty to make a horse act in a certain way. Or to do something. Always show in an upfront and natural manner, gently what you want and provide mental space and time to process this.
Never try to force a horse to learn when they are fearful or can't concentrate.
Never ride a horse repeatedly daily for the purpose of wearing them down mentally and keeping them in a state of mental domination and exhaustion.
Never force a horse to fully concentrate beyond their mental attention span limit, generally an hour of full mental concentration.
Only use gear which is soft, and able to sit comfortably.
Never use force when you have not asked respectfully and kindly without any force or restriction, and provided an avenue for your horse to choose to do as asked without any restriction or force.
Always allow a horse the holistic environment that allows them to relax, knowing they will never have anyone jump down their throat suddenly with a sudden command. Or spring a sudden command on them without warning.
Always gently mentally prepare horses for anything that will be asked before asking for something, making sure first you gently and positively get their attention with a kind spoken cue or precursor that allows horses to relax all the time knowing they will be given fair warning and time to act if they need to.
Never drop horses feet after picking them out, causing them to defensively try to put them down repeatedly while you have them up, instead provide a kind word cue such as "there you are" and gently place the hoof down afterwards so horses can relax knowing you aren't going to suddenly do things to them without warning.
Never disrespect a horse by catching them then lungeing / chase around with a whip / force / no other options.
Always allow a horse the respect of being asked nicely, gently and being shown quietly and respectfully what is being asked with enough time to do as asked in a relaxed manner.
Always make sure your communication is timely with cues leading up to it, allowing the horse to complete the task without getting stressed or breaking stride.
Always be clear, kind, gentle and non controlling. Allowing horses to work respectfully with you.
Never remove the ability for a horse to choose to do the right thing.
Never use disciplinary / mentally or physically degrading method on a horse defensively when they have done nothing wrong.
Never over face a horse: throwing a task at them which they have not been slowly and kindly prepared for over time.
Always be respectful, up front and kind to horses, asking quietly & respectfully, never suddenly demanding or playing games. Allowing them to retain their dignity and spirit.
Always pro-actively provide an environment where a horse can operate fully with a handler / rider without the need to be stressed, nervous, frustrated or fearful.