The Whole Horse Podcast | Episode 86 | Healthy herd integration with Josh Nichol


Josh Nichol is back on the podcast, and sharing more wisdom, this time sharing his thoughts and practices around how to support healthy and safe integration of horses into herds. We get into the nitty gritty of his process and why he works this way, how he supports horses to work together, how to work with insecure horses and changing herd dynamics, and why throwing horses in together and hoping for the best often doesn’t work for anyone involved. As always, I walked away with more great tools in my toolkit, and more ways to support the horses in my world. Enjoy!

In Josh’s words: “I like to think of myself as a professional student of the horse; learning is what I do first and teaching is second. Mentoring people, building relationships and watching growth is truly my passion. I currently teach clinics throughout Canada in the summer and work out of our home ranch in the winter, helping people develop their relationships through horsemanship.

This style of horsemanship is very relational, it allows you to see yourself through your horse and continues as you advance through the process. Mastery in horsemanship begins with a commitment to bettering ourselves! This starts with taking ownership and responsibility for our part of the story, thus interpreting the horse’s actions and performance differently.  When we are aware of – and work on developing – our side of the relationship, we truly facilitate not only growth in our horses, but growth in ourselves.  Good horsemanship challenges everything about our inner person. What an amazing gift: progressing in our horsemanship goes hand in hand with developing our best self!”

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