05-28-2011, 06:50 PM
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How can I get you to love doing mathematics, if you don't?
How can I get you to love digging ditches, if you don't?
Horses are no different from us. They may love one thing and not another. Getting a random horse assuming you can teach it to love something is chancy. You should look for a horse that has shown an aptitude for what you want to do, not the other way around.
For instance.....a client of mine went out and bought a beautiful grey TB in the hope it would become an event horse. Trouble was, he hated doing dressage. He loved jumping but got all cranky doing the dressage needed to show in events. Yes, I could have MADE the horse do it and he would have complied. But, he would never have the joy it takes to do it well. So, why waste my time making a horse unhappy?
I took him fox hunting one time, and I felt the horse come ALIVE! He was awesome in the field. I told the owner that he should either keep him as a field hunter only or sell him to someone at the hunt. We sold him to one of the whippers-in and he became one of the best horses in the hunt. And he was SO happy with his life.
Moral of the story? You can force a horse to do almost anything. But, unless their heart is in their work, they will never be happy and rarely be successful. Find something that your horse likes. If you don't like it, get him to someone who does.