So often you hear of a horse that just doesn’t fit into training programs, or he was so good for so long and then seemingly over a short time, he became naughty or dangerous.
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We have seen many horses over the years that display naughty habits, such as rearing, bolting, bucking,
These issues are more often a pain or discomfort issue than a training issue.
We have never found a horse to react poorly if the training is methodical and fair.
This has to be an immediate sign to check the health of the horse or change his environment.
Maybe more turn out, a different stable mate, different time of day to work or some time off.
Too often, a health issue is addressed as a training issue and a genuine training issue is addressed as a health issue.
Training isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes its ugly while horses are learning to move their bodies in a new way. Or they get a little stressed while learning something new.
But, these normal training moments last minutes, not days or weeks, and should not repeat themselves.
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Don’t excuse him from his work, when he is learning and expressing himself
Be creative and offer him options
Horses don’t ever say no, simply because they want to!
They never act out simply to be naughty. There is always a reason, even if it’s that he needs better boundaries, more time to learn, or a health issue examined.
Written by: Emily Abbate