How are you and your horse doing? How is your relationship? Are you in a place of frustration with your horse? Are you in a place of not knowing which way to turn or where to go? Are things not progressing the way you hoped?
Looking at these questions, you may have some answers to them that are disturbing to you. If you do, you aren’t alone. There are 1000’s of horse owners in the same situation you are. You probably, and I have seen it on many occasions, people begin this horse crazed hobby without getting some knowledge and understanding about the horse and how to be successful with it. They didn’t think through the responsibility of caring and owning one of these majestic animals. They didn’t weigh all that they would need and have to do to and for their new friend. Sound familiar?
So, we get our horse and then the realization of what is needed comes to our brain. Uh oh, what have I gotten myself into? Now we have to teaching, training the horse, and then begin fixing behavioral issues, fixing bad behavior to keep us from getting hurt. Some of the bad behavior could include; he bites, kicks, not coming to us, hard to catch in the pasture, he won’t stand still, or he walks off when you put your foot in the stirrup.
Any of these behaviors can cause injury and at the least frustration. He won’t lead off when we ask, he pulls back, then we get angry (past frustration) and we jerk, yank pull scream or whatever release valve we have to do. Now the horse is more fearful of our actions and the growl in our voice and doesn’t have a clue what we want because we haven’t learned enough to know how to ask him properly.
To help you get back on the road to success with your horse, there is a very important and informative clinic/workshop on August 17/18 at K-I-N Stables in Athens, AL. If any of the scenarios mentioned it would be in yours and your horse’s best interest to attend this 2 day event. If you want to know how to handle certain bad behavior or just wanting to know more about your horse, you need to be there. Contact K-I-N Stables at 256-874-6781 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information. Mention this article for a special discount off the regular price of $275.00. You will be glad you did. Make the call today .
When we add the unwanted pressure to him all he wants to do is get rid of that pressure. He will do whatever it takes, rearing, striking, bucking, etc. All bad behavior that we cause without having the knowledge to know how not to cause it.
In most cases, the problem is with us, not the horse, because we don’t have enough knowledge and information. That’s hard for us to swallow sometimes. We are the problem.
Anything worth doing is worth doing right. If we go it alone we may be digging a deeper hole for us to climb out of. We have to get more information about these 1000+ lbs animals that are lightning fast and a bomb waiting to explode even with a well-trained handler or rider. (We must always expect the unexpected).
If you are in a situation with your horse and don’t want to admit you don’t know what you need to know, do me, your horse and your loved ones a favor; get rid of your horse, because if you don’t know you are in line to be hurt by ignorance. Ignorance is not stupidity; ignorance is plain lack of knowledge. I don’t mean to sound harsh, but if it keeps you safe, I will.
Get some help and learn. Seek out people who are trusted and have more experience and knowledge than you and learn from them. I will say this, BEWARE, there are some who will tell you things that aren’t true, and they want to sell you a potion to fix everything in a short period. Run away from these people. Teaching horses takes time and is a process. Some horses take longer than others.
Here is a truth I want you to understand. The majority of a horses’ problem is with the training or trainer, not the horse. Until the one doing the training understands the horse nothing good is going to come from this situation.
Help yourself learn the basics and then move on from there. As I stated, it is a process and you must be willing to take ALL the property steps. There are NO shortcuts.
Get in a clinic, they can be a fun learning experience with others in the same situation you are, get with others who know.