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.

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…

THE IMPORTANCE OF GROUNDWORK - GETTING YOUR HORSE TO LISTEN

The importance of groundwork 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, the weather, the incredibly short-day length.…

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…

DO YOU HAVE GIRTHING ISSUES?

Girthing issues?Is your horse happy when you do his girth up? If the answer is yes, then good, but make sure you know what to do should that no longer be the case. It is all too easy for our…

PROBLEMS MOUNTING YOUR HORSE - How not to mount

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!…
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