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 blunted...like 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.

How To Use Leading Your Horse To Get Control And Response

Written by Andy Curry

I’ve been around many people who try to lead a horse by controlling their head with a lead rope. They end up pulling or jerkingrepparttar lead rope andrepparttar 125784 horse will typically pull back or push aroundrepparttar 125785 person withrepparttar 125786 lead rope.

Ultimately, you want slack inrepparttar 125787 lead rope while leading your horse because you don’t want to pull or jerk him. If your horse moves incorrectly while leading him then you can stop and correct him by making him move his body.

To really be successful in having controlrepparttar 125788 secret is having control over your horse’s body. How do you do that? By controlling his feet by making him move his rear end away from you. (Also known as “disengagingrepparttar 125789 hind quarters) Why this works so well is it alleviates stiffness and tension and almost magically forces your horse to focus on you.

There are few ways to get your horse to move his rear end away from you. Much ofrepparttar 125790 time, you can stand facing his shoulder and point to his hip. If he doesn’t move keep pointing and cluck at him. If he still doesn’t move, twirlrepparttar 125791 end of your lead rope at his hip and cluck. If he still doesn’t move tap him withrepparttar 125792 lead rope while clucking at him.

At any time he moves, takerepparttar 125793 pressure off him immediately. Give him a pat and a “good boy” and ask for another move. Repeat. Then ask for more steps. Remember to do this on both sides ofrepparttar 125794 body too. It won’t be long when you will simply point at his hip and he’ll move them for you. Do this every day for a while to get it in his mind that you are in control.

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