Unity Horsemanship

Connecting Humanity to Horses

Communication – Drive and Draw


In the last session we learned the basics of communicating with a horse using body language as the primary mode of communication. We explored the application of pressure through intent, driving, and touch and discussed how the release or absence of pressure is the reward the horse receives for following our cues. 

In this session we will work on refining our ability to communicate with the horse by exploring the dynamic between drive and draw.

Session Objectives

By the end of this session you will:

  • have had an opportunity to practice moving a horse using touch, driving, and intent
  • understand how to create draw
  • understand how “drive” can be used to create “draw”
  • learn to “drive to draw”

Principles to Be Practiced

  • safety first – for you and the horse
  • present moment awareness 
  • leadership
  • clear communication (intent)
  • application and release of pressure
  • drive and draw
  • 7 attitudes of mindfulness – non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, and letting go.


Please read Understanding Equine Communication

Session Activities

  • check in / personal mindfulness practice (optional)
  • assess the herd
  • halter a horse and lead it away from the herd
  • groom the horse
  • park the horse
  • play the friendly game
  • back the horse away
  • draw the horse in
  • cause the horse to yield its hind
  • cause the horse to yield its fore
  • Drive the hind to to draw the head
  • Drive the horse in a circle

Questions to Consider

Before you arrive think about and be prepared to discuss the answers to the following questions:

  • How can you establish clear intent?
  • How do we decided what type and how much pressure to use?
  • How do we create draw?
  • How do we find balance between drive and draw?