How To Get Your Horse To Obey You And Look To You For Instuction

Written by Andy Cirru

Inrepparttar animal kingdom there is a pecking order. Richard Shrake points out that it’s a lot likerepparttar 125786 military. He ranks inrepparttar 125787 pecking order go from General down to Private. The General will get first pick ofrepparttar 125788 food, decide where to go and when, and so on.

The “second in command” will act just likerepparttar 125789 General but he won’t pick onrepparttar 125790 General becauserepparttar 125791 General dominates him. This string of command continues allrepparttar 125792 way down torepparttar 125793 bottom ofrepparttar 125794 pecking order. Any time a new animal comes intorepparttar 125795 group thenrepparttar 125796 pecking order shifts. Knowing this information, you can use it to your advantage. You can make yourselfrepparttar 125797 leader inrepparttar 125798 horse’s eyes. He’ll look to you for instruction. He’ll obey you.

If you have a dominant horse it will be instinct for him to let a more dominant being makerepparttar 125799 decisions. In this caserepparttar 125800 dominant being will be you. You will become leader by using your body language to show you are confident. Being dominant doesn’t mean you’re being aggressive.

Onrepparttar 125801 other hand, if your horse isrepparttar 125802 General, you may have to be more assertive. Make sure your horse doesn’t think you’re a threat. It’s easy to come across as threatening when you’re being assertive. If your horse feels threatened he’ll fight back and you can’t win. And if you are doing horse training, you will find it hard to get results.

Inrepparttar 125803 wild, dominant and aggressive horses will make their bodies tight and make sudden moves with fury while getting intorepparttar 125804 other horse’s space. The weaker horse will concede and move out of his space. Think of it asrepparttar 125805 General screaming an order andrepparttar 125806 Private is obeying.

Who's Fault Is It When The Horse Has A Bad Habit?

Written by Andy Curry

Picture this. You go to pet your horse and he bites at you - and he does this constantly. Why?

Here's another one.

You timidly ride your horse hoping he won't get so spooked overrepparttar littlest thing this time. But sure enough, you ride past that same bush and you can feel your horse tense up fifty feet before you get to it. Not only that, he slows down before he gets to it. He swerves his body away from it and he's ready to jump out of his skin.

Suddenly, he bolts past it and you're hanging on for dear life wondering why you even bought this crazy animal.

These scenarios are fairly common for horse owners. I get lots of questions from people asking how to get a horse to stop doing some kind of bad habit.

Interestingly,repparttar 125785 horse doesn't know it's a bad habit. He doesn't know if something is good or bad. He just follows his instincts and does what nature tells him to do.

If that'srepparttar 125786 case, why does he do it then? After all, if you have a horse that bites, balks, bolts, bucks, kicks, shies, spooks, etc., why does he do it in spite of your vigorous attempts to stop it?

The answer may surprise you. And if you're thin skinned, it may make you mad. Butrepparttar 125787 truth isrepparttar 125788 truth. And once you know it, only then can you do something about it.

The answer, then, is mismanagement.

What does that mean?

In a nutshell it means that you orrepparttar 125789 previous owner have made or let that horse get intorepparttar 125790 habit of whatever he's doing.

Let me give an example.

Say you're teaching a horse to drive. Let's say further you've donerepparttar 125791 necessary prep work by teaching him to stop, move forward, getting used torepparttar 125792 harness, and so forth.

Now you've got him hitched up and forrepparttar 125793 first time he's going to pullrepparttar 125794 wagon you have him hitched to. You get inrepparttar 125795 wagon, grabrepparttar 125796 lines, and tell him to "get up."

Eager to please you,repparttar 125797 horse jumps forward and then stops. The weight ofrepparttar 125798 wagon surprised him. It kept him from moving freely because he now has to pull weight instead of just moving his own body without constraints.

Right about here is where most horse owners mess up their horse. It's here whererepparttar 125799 horse learns to balk.

Asrepparttar 125800 horse pulls forward,repparttar 125801 wagon moves an inch or two then stops. Thenrepparttar 125802 handler raises his voice volume and says "Get up!" The horse may or may not try again. If he does try again, andrepparttar 125803 wagon weight stops him again, andrepparttar 125804 handler gets upset and starts tapping him with a whip and yelling "Get up" then this horse is on its way to balking.

When he balks, he'll just stand there. Often he'll turn around and just look at you. His senses even seem to be he's in another world. No amount of harsh talk and hard tapping on his butt with a whip is going to get him to move.

Congratulations, you just taught your horse to balk.

Many horse owners would say "But I don't get it. Why did he do that?"

The answer lies in understanding horse behavior.

You see,repparttar 125805 first timerepparttar 125806 horse has to pull a wagon he's never done it before. When he jerks forward andrepparttar 125807 wagon weight stops him from moving as freely as he's been used to, it's a shock. It surprises him. He doesn't quite know what to think of it. And knowing a horse's nature, it's probably frightening and thus confusing.

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