Four Reasons You Struggle With Horse Behavior Issues And Problem Solving
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.)