Originally Posted by kevinshorses
That's what your horse has to give up to let you ride it at all. A horses instict is to kick at things around it's legs and never allow anything on it's back or to have control of it's face. A horses instinct is to push INTO pressure not give to it.
Very good point, Kevin!
My horse has to think, and it has to trust in me to steer it clear of a problem without letting "instinct" take over to run away from a falling leaf or a goofy shaped rock. But I'm not going to object if it runs us away from a cougar or something, lol.