Horse Problems: The Difficult to Catch Horse

So you can’t catch your horse. Why do horses run away from their owners? 1. Wild or untrained horses are intimidated or afraid. They need an owner who understands how they view the person approaching through an instinctive prism of fight or flight and they need de-sensitizing training. 2. Horses in a group take cues… Read More Horse Problems: The Difficult to Catch Horse

Horse Problems: Controlling a Stallion Around Mares

Many people want to keep a stallion for his bloodlines but also want to ride and/or compete with the same horse. That becomes a problem if your stallion becomes unruly around other horses. Untrained stallions begin to snort, fight your control, walk on eggshells, and generally become out of control in an effort to approach… Read More Horse Problems: Controlling a Stallion Around Mares

Horse Basics: Pasture Etiquette

Horses are natural herd animals and very insecure, uncomfortable, even unhappy, when not in the presence of other horses. There are many communication signals used by horses to understand each other’s intentions. Understanding horse communication is important for horse training, as most techniques try to closely simulate a horse’s natural communication skills. Lead (dominant) Mare:… Read More Horse Basics: Pasture Etiquette

Training Theory: Fight or Flight

Threatened mammals (including horses) have built in instincts for life preservation. When threatened, they can either turn and run or stand and fight. This is called the “Fight or Flight” reflex. Because horses are ill-equipped to fight (they have no horns, fangs, or other very effective fighting weapons,) they generally choose flight. Predator species are… Read More Training Theory: Fight or Flight