Posted by admin | Posted in Main | Posted on 14-01-2012
Tags: horse handling, kwsaddlery, saddlery
Through my many years of watching horses, I've seen my share of bad pony behaviour. Always the very first question I ask myself is, “What would cause that horse to behave in that way?” I have a look at the behavior of the individuals that are handling that particular animal. Next, I might pay attention to the physical condition of the pony, whether she or he is under or overweight, what kind of equipment is being used on the pony and precisely what it is that's being asked of this animal.
All horses cannot be all things. Thoroughbreds, even though they're bred to do hence may not need to be a race pony. Not all horses can be pleasure horses or jumping horses or horses for babies. Just as we all have different wishes, so do horses. They can not sit and tell you what it is that they prefer to do but they can relate this to you by their actions. If you constantly ask a pony to leap over fences and they refuse or keep knocking down the fence, well it just would possibly not be what they would like to do. Hence a horse that continually either refuses or ducks out, or falls into fences is considered to be exhibiting unacceptable behavior. However there may be other things involved. Perhaps the horse is being schooled over fences too frequently or ridden too hard on a day-to-day basis and is being pushed into this naughty behavior. Almost all of the time in my experience, bad behaviour issues in horses are typically caused by human gaffe. Horses that have become what would be considered crazy, by some people, weren't born that way. It is because of the wishes of human demands or negligence of understanding their wishes that are causing them to behave in unusual ways.
Let's assume you're employing a saddle that doesn't fit your horse properly. Every time you ride, your horse’s withers are getting more sore everytime. The muscles start to become wasted causing less cushion and, in turn, more tenderness. Now when you go to put the saddle on your horse, he starts moving a lot, or tries to step on you, or when you go to tighten the girth, your horse seriously attempts to bite you. This unacceptable behavior is in direct reply of having withers that are so sore that they can't stand the concept of another day of discomfort. Or perhaps tightening up the girth too much and causing your horses ‘ girth area to become extraordinarily delicate and sore and each time you attempt to tighten the girth they would like to rear up. This is their way of saying, please do not impose this agony on me another day. They cannot turn around and say, excuse me, please don’t tighten that girth up because it really hurts[**]. Instead they rear up. This is there way of making an attempt to talk with you, and in their world, this body language would be understood.
All I am attempting to say is if a horse starts behaving badly, you want to take an exceedingly in depth look at every aspect of your actions with them. Or, ask yourself what, if anything, has changed latterly. Has there been a change of stalls, pastures or different horses turned out with your pony. Does your pony really understand what it is that you're asking of them, or is it really possible that they may be confused? If you've a horse that starts flipping over backwards, inspect your saddle pad and your saddle. Maybe the bit you are using is too serious, or maybe your horses back is actually sore. Perhaps this particular animal requires a different rider. Ask about everything.
Occasionally the answer's not particularly easy to find but I believe that there's always a solution. Nonetheless the solution could not always fit into your realm of things and you will have to take that under consideration. Learning to talk horse language is not something that will come to you in a year or 2. The more you have horses in your life, the more hours you spend with them, the more you will understand their language and will most likely be able to talk with them on their level.
If you've got a horse that is turned out with certain horses and he or she is roughing up all of the other horses, even though this is naughty behavior, you may have to either turn this horse out with a different herd of horses or keep this pony away from other horses till you'll be able to find an acceptable friend. Often when we've got a pony come into our life, specific behaviours have recently been developed and there is a fixed amount we are able to do.
This isn't to assert that some horses aren't born in the proper psychological state, but I don't think the percentage is particularly high. How a horse is handled from birth makes an important difference in the individual that they become. In the course of breaking yearlings on Thoroughbred farms for five years, many times the yearlings that were the worst to begin to break after they understood what was expected from them, with time. And patience, became the most coveted to ride. Put yourself in their shoes, glance at the problem from a different perspective using the understanding that you have acquired about horses and maybe you will be enlightened. Patience and understanding are your best tools in handling a complicated horse. Remember that horses are habitual creatures. Impressing correct behaviour into their lives, continually, repeatedly may help them to take on the better behavior. Most horses will come around providing they're given a fair chance and the love that they really need.