The romance of the west turns into your nightmare when your horse acts lazy, resistant, or even a bit fractious. Riding across the plains, working cows and developing the Bridle Horse do not just have their practical applications, they have morphed into western sports that are very exciting, like Reining, Reined Cow Horse, Cutting, Sorting, Ranch Horse Versatility, Western Performance (check term – where they do lead changes, etc.) and now even Western Dressage.

If this is your goal, what is getting in the way of you achieving it and, more importantly, enjoying it?

Horse Behavior Problems

Horses resist and explode for three reasons:
– Fear
– Dominance
– Confusion
Of course pain can also be a reason, but if you are reading this you’ve probably spent thousands of dollars on vets, chiropractors and healers, and yet your horse is still having issues.
It’s time to learn about life from your horse’s point of view… how he sees you, how he feels about training.

Warning: Do not click unless you truly care about hearing your horse’s point of view! Sure, some horses are more challenging than others, but you need to know why Pat and Linda can change your horse and how you can emulate that!

Horses are prey animals, humans are predators. You have probably heard this, but do you know how this applies to YOUR situation?
Most fear reactions are misinterpreted by people. They think the horse is being disobedient and tend to use more force or punishment to control and correct them. Put yourself in your horse’s shoes for a moment… if you were reacting in fear and someone smacked you, or forced you… would you get more confident?
The most important strategy for a fearful horse is to help them become more confident – in you, in themselves, as a learner, in their environment and among other horses.

How do you know your horse is fearful? Think of the following:

  • Tendency to spook
  • Can’t stand still
  • Tense
  • Nervous
  • High headed
  • Fractious
  • Doesn’t learn well
  • Easily distracted
  • Rears
  • Bolts
  • Freezes
  • Explodes

Most riders and trainers tend to use more force, but the answer is more confidence. Do you know how to build more confidence in a horse?

There are five areas in which to do this:

  1. Self confidence
  2. Confidence in the leader (you)
  3. Confidence as a learner
  4. Confidence in new environments
  5. Confidence among other horses

Even if your horse is confident in one or two of these areas, they might be really unconfident in the others.
Learn how to teach your horse to be confident. Get SAVVY.
You’ll be amazed at how much your horse will change for the better

Once a horse knows you are not going to kill and eat them (predator behavior), they can get pushy and argumentative. But you need to know that’s really what it is because a lot of people misread resistance as disobedience and have no idea it comes from fear.

How do you know your horse is trying to dominate you?

Check the following:

  • Tendency to nip or bite
  • Shoves you with his nose
  • Lazy, unresponsive
  • Argumentative
  • Wants to go up more than forwards
  • Pins ears and threatens you, may even charge at you.

There are many more signs, but these are the most visible and tangible indicators.
Most riders and trainers tend to use more force, but the answer is more respect. And you cannot smack respect into a horse without causing fear or resentment.

Do you know how to build more respect in a horse?
Our definition of respect is “The appropriate response to pressure.” Horses do not naturally have that, we have to teach them how to respond with respect, and without fear of losing dignity.

Do you know how to teach your horse to respond lightly, politely, willingly?
When you get SAVVY you will. Not only will you be amazed at how much your horse will change for the better, you now need to decide how good you want to get at this!

We’ve all felt it – in the classroom, in a lesson, as a directive or order from a superior…
What are they asking for? What do they want? What is 2+2??!!

Well, just put yourself in your horse’s shoes. Sometimes they just have no idea what it is you want, and often its because their mind locks up in a learning or performance situation.

As prey animals, a horse’s first instinct is to resist – to push against pressure, to fight for freedom and survival. That’s why they have trouble responding, or understanding contact from the bit, leg, seat and rein.

When a horse is confused it will send them in one of two directions: towards fear or fight and, when this happens, you need to back off. This is REALLY HARD for humans because as predators we have the tendency to apply more pressure when things aren’t working.

The real solution is to slow down, get clear. Simplify it for your student – your horse. Most people never think about their horse being their student!

Learning how to teach a horse is something EVERY horse owner, rider, handler and trainer should know… and when we say ‘teaching’, we mean getting to the horse’s mind, that’s what psychology means.

We need our horses to understand what we want, not just mindlessly give up and obey. Of course some people like it that way and if that’s how you want to treat a horse, the Parelli program is not for you. Our approach is all about love, language and leadership, in equal doses. Not more one than the other.

No matter how expert and experienced you are with horses – from trail to competition arena, from recreational to professional – knowing how to teach horses and get them to love learning is an art. And we’ve made it simple and accessible.
The first step is to learn the language of horses, and then start to explore all the strategies and concepts that will make you the best thing that ever happened to a horse. You can solve your own problems and lay the foundation for your horse to be a great success.

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