Native Horsemanship

Medicine Wheel ModelHow the Medicine Wheel Model (MWM) Applies to Horses

Medicine Wheel Model PresentationThe Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship® developed by Phillip Whiteman Jr. is a right brain, circular, approach to working with and training horses, which interprets the horse’s language. Phillip is the first to say, because of his teachings, culture, language and traditions he does not believe in the “Predator/Prey” approach or in “Pressure/Release”. He believes horses are circular thinkers and you communicate with them from the back forward, ground up, right to left, in a circular motion. Everything is done in rhythm, leading from the back. In the first stages of communication Phillip does not believe in voice commands (smooching & clicking sounds), he believes the silent language is the strongest.

The philosophy uses the medicine wheel as a model to work with the horse: the four colors, the four directions, stages of life and behaviors that come with each stage. Horses too have four sides, the child, adolescent, adult and grandparent side, they mirror us as humans and our behaviors. The “Mirror Concept” tells us that how we relate to ourselves is how we relate to others, this holds true for horses. If we have a bad attitude and we are confrontational, the horse will mirror that behavior, just like humans. This model helps us to find the center, stay balanced and to help create a well-balanced horse.

Phillip Whiteman Jr.Medicine Wheel Model PresentationThis is just some of the philosophy: This simple, practical approach will benefit any level of horsemanship from the novice to the master horse trainer, or will benefit those that don’t even own a horse. Research has proven that horses help people; with disabilities, and emotional problems or just young people that are misunderstood.

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