What is Yin Horsemanship?

Yin and yang represent the opposing and complementary aspects of a complete whole. Yang qualities are moving, active, expanding, masculine, and expressive. Yin qualities are stillness, quiet, contracting, femanine, and restorative.


While most training practices emphasize yang aspects of horsemanship, a balance is necessary for a complete and holistic training program. Yin horsemanship helps to restore and relax through gentle practices that feel good to the horse. These techniques strengthen connection, reduce anxiety, and help the horse unwind and release tension in mind and body.

Yin Horsemanship can benefit all horses, and is especially helpful for rehabilitating horses that have experienced trauma, as a foundation for starting young horses, and to build confidence and relationship.

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