Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mill Swamp Indian Horse Views: We Teach Natural Horsemanship to Kids

At its core natural horsemanship is simply using modes of communication with the horse that the horse understands instinctively. Instead of trying to teach horses to understand English we teach kids to understand equine communication. We teach empathy, understanding, kindness, boldness, confidence, gentleness and courage.

In short we teach leadership. A horse desires nothing more than he desires security. That security only exists when he is in the presence of a leader/protector. That can either be in the form of another horse or a person. Even a very young person.

The horse in this picture suffered a serious coyote bite as a foal. She is insecure and leery of the touch of a human. Yet, she finds trust and security in Liam, though he is still young enough to order off of the children's menu. If you would like for your child to learn to develop this kind of relationship with a horse contact us at for more information.

If you want to see more children have the opportunity to have the Mill Swamp experience this is a great time to give us a hand.To learn more about our program see our website at See the group Mill Swamp Indian Horses Facebook page.
 Look back through previous posts in this blog.

Future posts will focus on each individual string that makes up the entire harp of Mill Swamp Indian Horses. Stick with us over the next few weeks. Share these informational posts with everyone that you know.

Again, we have no paid staff. We are all volunteers. Our horses eat from 10-14 thousand pounds of hay each week. We are funded from program fees and donations. We have never turned anyone away for inability to pay program fees.

This is our time of greatest expense and also our season of fund raising. You can donate directly at the donation button on our website or you may write a check to Gwaltney Frontier Farm and mail is to 16 Dashiell Drive, Smithfield Va 23430. Donations are not tax deductible for a 501 (c) 5 breed conservation program. 

Become a follower of this blog to stay in touch with this effort. And as you read this and upcoming posts keep in mind that each post will only show one aspect of what we do so.

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