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So it is with rider and horse. Maybe not to that extent, but still it happens.
And since rider is human and capable of reasoning, then he or she must be one to interrupt pattern of behavior. The rider must loosen up while in saddle. Relax. Have fun. Learn to watch horse's signals that he has spotted something - and then talk to horse and start giving him confidence.
Soon, horse's demeanor will change and result will be a more relaxed, fun to ride horse.
Whether rider realizes it or not, he or she is training horse by just riding. The horse simply reacts to stimuli he gets. If stimuli is consistent, horse's reaction will become a habit until changed. If stimuli is tense, causes fear reactions, and so on, result is a spooky horse.
This is but one example of how us humans can actually be reason horse does or does not do something we ask of him. Although it's true that rider is not cause 100% of time, it's a good place to start untangling problem because it's often where it begins
Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author of several best selling horse training and horse care books. For information visit his website at www.horsetrainingandtips.com. He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at www.horsetrainingandtips.com/Jesse_Beerya.