Behaviour - Your Horse's View

What's the key to understanding your horse's behaviour? Is he really bad? What can you do?

You'll find help in this section as we'll be looking at why horses behave and react as they do and we'll investigate the various approaches to dealing with the less-than-easy horse. Don't forget that we'll be adding new information every month so check in regularly - remember we're here to help.

PROBLEMS MOUNTING YOUR HORSE?

MOUNTING ADVICE AND TIPSScenario "When Mary went to get back down onto the mounting block her foot slipped, and both the mounting block and Mary ended up underneath Apple her horse!  Apple freaked, took off, and trampled Mary on his way!…

VICE SQUAD – Is the horse's behaviour a direct result of the psychological pressure we subject them too?

VICE SQUAD - STOP AND THINK! Is the horse's behaviour a direct result of the psychological pressure we subject them too? So what is abnormal?There are many types of abnormal behaviour seen in stabled horses. They include: weaving, crib-biting, wind…

BUCKING EXPLAINED

Bucking explained Bucking is traditionally considered a form of “naughty” behaviour in horses. Wikipedia defines it as follows: “Bucking is a movement performed by a horse or bull in which the animal lowers its head and raises its hindquarters into…

HOW DOES A HORSE TELL YOU IF HE IS NOT WELL?

BEHAVIOUR AND CLUES OF A  HORSE NOT FEELING WELLThere are many different ways in which your horse tells you that all is not well in his world!It's vital that you know what is normal behaviour for your horse and what…

HEAD SHAKING - 'Loaded gun disease'

Headshaking is characterised by a violent and repetitive movement of the horse’s head, almost as if a bee had flown up his nose. The suddenness of the headshaking can make it dangerous to ride or handle a horse with a…

HORSE PLAY! Aggression or play fighting?

Playtime! Undestanding your horses behaviour.Your horse gives you hours of entertainment so maybe it’s time you returned the favour and gave him the opportunity to have some fun….Have you ever been watching your horses and been quite horrified to see your…

GETTING YOUR HORSE TO LISTEN - The importance of groundwork

The importance of groundwork - Getting your horse to listen! The winter is by and large a very tedious time. It becomes increasingly difficult to fit any time for riding into your day, once you have battled through the mud,…

TEACHING YOUR HORSE TO STAND STILL

STANDING STILL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS YOUR HORSE SHOULD HAVE...When the ground is slippery due to rain, mud, ice or snow, it’s more important than ever that your horse is relaxed when you’re leading him from the…
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