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How to Quickly Un-Train Your Horse

Kate Fenner - Friday, March 08, 2013
We often don't give it a lot of thought but simple, everyday things that we do with our horses could be un-training them. Here is my favourite: Putting pressure on the horse (lead rope or rein) without asking it to do anything.

No pressure on lead rope 

There is no pressure on the lead rope. The horse is standing still so should not be feeling any pressure.

This is the most common thing that I see - a horse standing quietly (either in a halter on the ground or in a bridle under saddle) and still being held under constant pressure. Unfortunately this desensitises the horse to the pressure so it soon becomes meaningless and you need increasing amounts of pressure to get your horse to react or change his behaviour. Try to think of pressure (rein, lead rope, hand, leg, whip, lariat, emotional, body language and so on) as asking for a change - when you get the change that you asked for, release the pressure. The key thing here, of course, is getting the change that you asked for. You need to know what it is that you want the horse to change or move so that you can release when he does. If you sit on your horse and have a conversation with a friend while holding (even slight) pressure on the reins, then you must expect he will either jig about trying to find the right answer or become 'deadened' to the pressure and require significantly more to get a change in behaviour. What other quick un-training methods do you see a lot?  

Sandra Kain commented on 09-May-2013 09:48 PM
Watching someone having a tug of war with their horse, and rider saying my horse pulls so hard he just won't stop.
Anonymous commented on 09-May-2013 09:48 PM
Yes, that really is a classic one.

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