To have a horse or not to have a horse. That is the question.

I teach many first-time horse owners and people who are sharing horses. Usually, I get called in when things start going wrong – the passive creature that behaved so well on the day it was tried out, has now become the almost total opposite. The child’s riding pony is now anything but that.

People come to me to help them with their horse because they are tired, frustrated and sometimes even afraid of them. Communication has broken down and frustration rules.

Often, people have bought the wrong horse for the wrong reasons

Many riders want their horse to regard them as a friend and to love and trust them as such. While their intentions are well-meaning, often things go wrong with the “how to” implementation of these intentions. The main reason for things going wrong with the “how to” is that most people expect the horse to be able to think like a human being does.  Very few riders know much, if anything about the way a horse thinks and therefore they know little of the natural behaviour of the horse.

Usually, with practise and application from all involved with the horse in question, we can all get back on track fairly quickly as the rider or handler learns to take on the responsibility to work together with their horse; learn why he does what he does and take the first step to transforming him into a well-mannered partner that is a pleasure to ride or handle.

This wonderful blog entry was brought to my attention by Kate Farmer of Thinking Horse.

This is a must read for all people considering buying a horse:

Are you ready to own a horse by Mackenzie at Red Roan Chronicles.


Use the comment box on the blog itself to send me your questions about horse training. You can also write in about any problems you might be having with your horse.Either I or one of the resident expert trainers will do our best to answer your questions.
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Always wear appropriate safety items of clothing, gloves, shoes and head protection when handling or riding your horse. There is always some risk involved in horse training for both you and the horse. Be sensible and stay within your level of training. This information illustrates the training methods and techniques I and my colleagues use. It is your responsibility to use it wisely. It is not intended to replace personal instruction from a professional instructor. Keep yourself and your horse out of trouble. if you wish to learn more about these methods contact us at:
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