Four Reasons You Struggle With Horse Behavior Issues And Problem Solving
Updated: Jul 20, 2018
Techniques are useless...unless
Occasionally, when I am in a bookstore, I will see a book or magazine about problem-solving.
Out of curiosity, I will open it up and see what it has to say. So it's usually about the fundamental problems that people have with their horses, such as; trailer loading, speed control, stopping, head tossing and many other things. The author will talk in detail about exactly what your horse is doing, and then he will give you the how to fix it technique next.
Even though, this technique may work for you at the start. The question I have for you is, did it solve your horse problem?
Did you remove the old habit? It may work for a day or two, but the horse behavior problem is still there, and you will see it back in a few days with lots of "new" horse behavior problems with it.
So how do I stop the problem for good? If a horse has had this behavior for awhile, then the negative response has become a habit. He will always react this way unless we replace the bad habit with a good habit. We accomplish this by repetition, condition the new habit for 30 days. You will see the old habit disappear for good.
P.S. Use the technique you learned for at least 30 days and the new habit will become automatic.
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Techniques are useless - unless you know Why the problem came about and you have the solution to prevent the problem from coming back!
Issue #2 Get out of the survival state or else
When you have a horse behavior problem you automatically start thinking about all the things that could go wrong.
Your mind immediately becomes cluttered with negative thoughts. Your body tightens, your arms and hands start pulling on your horse's mouth, your legs are squeezing causing an uncomfortable and even a claustrophobic feeling to your horse. Now you have put yourself and your horse in a state of panic. Not only that but your horse fears for his life.
You are in a survival state and so is your horse. Get out of that state. This is how you do it.
First get off your horse.
Take some deep breaths and at the same time your horse will calm down.
Change your mindset to a thinking state and go back over your game plan. Make changes if necessary.
Now you will be able to focus on the right thing to do.
You see the horse is more afraid of you than you are of him. When you panic your horse panics even more, you are trying to keep from falling off, and your horse is trying to save his life. You have to be able to remain calm and incontrol no matter what. So your horse can feel that you are in control. How do you stay calm in moments like this? By being mentally prepared for sudden moments like this, you need to be able to think instead of reacting to something that hasn't even happened yet.
Being prepared will keep you safe and prevent negative reactions and accidents from happening.
Are you willing to do what it takes to be prepared?
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Step out of your comfort zone. Now.
Issue # 3
The Quick fix
The quick fix is a dead end road. It will be a mental pain for you and physical pain for your horse.
So maybe your horses head is high, perhaps he's trying to move his feet a little faster than normal, or he's always doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Everything is starting to happen quickly, and you think you are losing control. His emotions are beginning to frighten you, and you are beginning to fear for the worst. You say to yourself that this isn't like him, he's stubborn, and Why is he doing this? (Now the last question you asked is the Only question you should be asking yourself.)
The "Why" is whats important.
You ask, Why is he swinging his head?"
My answer, 'because you are holding your reins too tight."
You ask, "Why is holding my reins to tight a problem?
My answer is because you are using the reins to balance yourself in the saddle instead of using your seat to stay in balance. Holding the reins is direct pressure to your horse's tongue, and your horse needs relief from the pain of the bit.
If we ask ourselves the right questions, we will always get the correct answer.
You will never get the right answer by buying a severe bit to do simple things like stop, back up or turn your horse. Alternatively, purchasing a tie down will only cause the horse more discomfort, usually creating even more horse behavior issues, which generates friction between horse and rider, and so on. However, the horse will figure out a way to get the relief he needs from the severe tack.
So how do you think he will finally get the relief he needs?
1. By Bucking you off
2. Running off hoping you will jump off or fall off
3. High head
4. Hard to catch and mount
5. Kicks at you
6. Always winging his head
7. Always pushing down toward the ground
8. Also, making your ride miserable
9. Nips or pins his ears at you
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It's important you do things the right way. The horse way.
Issue # 4
Sending your horse to a horse trainer. Will the trainer solve your problems?
Now, I am not saying sending your horse to a trainer is a mistake.
What I am saying is, you need some serious training yourself. When negative horse behavior starts, the first thing people want to do is blame their horse. So they send their horse to a horse trainer. The trainer does a great job, and the horse is ready to go home. After being home for a week or two, the horse is back to being resistant again. Guess what? The horse behavior problem is back.
The horse got trained, but the owner didn't.
You have to know Why this behavior problem has evolved.
You must become :
A leader, not a dictator
A leader that doesn't come up with excuses, or blames his horse but instead a leader that listens and takes full responsibility and makes positive changes that are easy for the horse to understand.
A leader that's focus is on a solution, not the problem.
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You can do this. Become the leader your horse deserves.
Leaders are great problem-solvers. How do I become a great leader?
What's essential in leadership is you should always be refining your skills.
All great horsemen keep working on improving themselves.
How do you think great equestrians, great athletes, and great leaders became great at what they do? They did it by continually improving themselves, and not just in their work but in all areas of their life.
There are three skills you will need to master. By mastering these skills below, you will be amazed at how quickly your fear goes away, clarity arrives, and your leadership skills grow.
Why the horse must have these three needs.
Why they need to be with their herd.
Why you must think like a horse.
Why your horse reacts.
3. The fundamentals for perfect communication between you and your horse.
In The Saddle Skills
Preventing and solving problems
3L Horsemanship/Larry French is all about the Horse and You. Through years of working with people and their horses, I have realized that there are two severe problems in horsemanship. It's the human not knowing enough about how horses think, and people are not prepared mentally for the horse's sudden reactions.
We have to understand that horses think differently than we do. That's just the way it's going to be. So we have to train our brain to think like a horse.
If we don't then our mind will respond in the way we would to another human. That's predatory behavior. Predatory behavior will put the fear in a horse.
So, I have this all worked out for you. I have designed a roadmap that will get you and your horse to peace and understanding.
Now Train Your Brain and start thinking like a horse.
Make the commitment.
It's the most important thing you can do.
Commit to becoming a Leader