Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:43
Horse behaviour, it’s normal to be abnormal.
All species have a bell curve of behaviour that has as the main body most of the individuals, however each edge of the graph has two extremes of behaviour. On the left we have the individuals that do not show enough normal instinctual behaviour. On the right of the graph we have those few individuals that show far more instinctual “abnormal” behaviour.
The vast majority of horses is easily schooled, tolerates what we ask of them and are really compliant to work with. However horses learn from experience what works and what doesn’t work to make their world a better more comfortable place for them. Some individuals are extremely quick to learn, usually the more highly strung ones, and others are extremely slow.
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Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:40
Improving your relationship with your horse.
Knowing your horse relies on you building a strong relationship based on mutual trust and respect. It is also one of the hardest things to define and is often very different between individual horses and trainers. I work with a lot of different horses and often only get to work with them for short periods of time. In order to accomplish helping overcome its fear or issue I need to build a relationship based on trust. I need to have the horses looking forward to seeing me arrive to work with them and I need them to have a “want to” attitude. A lot of horse owners also are inclined to rely too heavily on this, a good relationship will not take the place of good technique and knowledge. Mutual trust needs to be established between horse and human and you need to be secure in the knowledge that you know the animal well enough to be sure it won’t intentionally hurt you ( i.e. kick, bite or go over the top of you).
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