Understanding and Patience

Tuesday’s Tip! Understanding and Patience Understanding and patience are very important to consider when working with horses and ponies. Every time they do something odd take a minute to work out reasons why they might be doing it – pain, fear, excitement, confusion. Once you have a few ideas try to work out which is most likely – if your horse has never seen a tractor with big hay spikes…

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Teaching Your Horse Manners

Tuesday’s Tip! Manners. In order for your horse to have manners, you need to decide what he can or can’t do, and be consistent. Whenever he does something you want, like standing still, reward him with praise. If he does something you don’t want, like shifting while standing, repeat the command for that desired behaviour (in this case, “stand” and praise if he does this; if he does not, then…

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Nipping and Treating

Tuesday’s Tip! Treating correctly. Often when you give treats to horses/ponies, the animal can become mouthy and learns to nip. This behaviour actually gets reinforced by the giving of the treat, as they have learned that that behaviour gets rewarded by treat-giving. In order to avoid the nipping and mouthiness, you need to give treats correctly. You start by standing at his shoulder, facing towards his head. Then you reach…

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