IDT™ Method of Ground Work


   IDT™, or Identifying Territory Method of ground work speaks to the horse on the horse's level. It involves using horse body language to explain to the horse that the handler is actually a horse in the herd and not a predator.


   The modern horse is a 10,000 year old prey animal, meaning that they are very prey/predator focused (this is different from fight/flight) in their insticts and ancestral memory. They are well aware that people are their primary predators. More traditional "Natural Horsemanship" ground work methods can be mistaken by a horse as predator behavior.


   While all horses and all horse-human partnerships can benefit from IDT, about 25% of horses cannot handle traditional ground work methods and need IDT instead in order to be successful. Here are the steps of IDT:

  1. Explain to the horse that the handler is also a horse by identifying territory "controlled" by the handler.
  2. Confirm for the horse that the handler is the herd leader.
  3. Help the horse understand that the handler, as herd leader, defines personal space between the horse and handler regardless of distance from each other.
  4. Help the horse to be comfortable with the handler both at a distance and immediatley next to each other.
  5. Help the handler understand how the horse prefers to interact with other members of the herd (including the human members of the herd).
  6. Develop the horse-human partnership to a highly integrated, close relationship.


   If done correctly, and if the Measured Response™ is taken into account, the horse will respond very positively to IDT and become a positive contributor to the equine community.


   The IDT Method was developed by the Head Trainer, Lisa Wynne, to work well for the abuse/neglect cases she often works with. The method has proven to be a good solution to poor horse behavior as well. The Head Trainer is known for her work with aggressive and anxious horses.