Holistic Horsemanship Institute of America™
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:
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.