The first and most effective way of punishment is additional work – you can additionally load the horse with work to make it clear that the more she stubbornly, the more she will have to work. The fact that she was taken to the stall after work should be perceived by the horse as an encouragement for the work done.
The second method of exposure is voice. Unlike dogs, horses are less responsive to the meaning of spoken words, but they are very sensitive to the intonation with which the words are spoken. A harsh word can indicate to the animal that it is doing something wrong.
In some cases, hand spanking is acceptable – for example, if your horse has a habit of biting. Many underestimate the danger of this habit, but it can lead to very serious injuries. Therefore, all manifestations of such behavior should be suppressed. A few Continue reading
Motivation is a very important factor in the training of both people and animals. Many animals, especially dogs, are easily motivated for training – here the “pushing” moment is the desire to please their master. However, in the case of horses, we should distinguish three main categories of motivation to work:
To give pleasure – the horse is motivated by his own desire to please his master. Based on practice, this method of motivation exists and successfully works with one caveat – between the trainer (owner) and the horse, rigid hierarchical relations are established, where the horse takes the place of a subordinate and learns to please. But to establish such a relationship requires a long time of mutual contact. Thus, this principle is quite true for a private horse owner and his horse. Especially if the horse was acquired by another foal. In this case, the animal is accustomed from an early age that the owner is higher in the hierarchy and his wishes must be fulfilled. Continue reading
Question. I rent a half-blooded 14-year-old. We have a great time in the fields, but when I take dressage lessons, it becomes incredibly heavy in front, shifting the weight of my head into my arms. We constantly struggle to work in the best frame. What to do to encourage the horse to move not in front?
Answer. Most horses are more or less inclined to lean on the front. Assuming that your horse does not have any problems with the exterior or health, you can say that the right training will help you, thanks to which he will find the right balance. For my part, I can offer you some exercises. They will induce the horse to shift the weight back and move ahead of the shankels, which will undoubtedly positively affect its balance. Continue reading