Originally Posted by jamesdean57
I know tracking will build confidence in the horse in it's self and in it's rider.
My question is will it make the horse more aggressive towards other horses?
I'm glad you asked that question because it is a concern. I don't allow my horse to abuse the other horses as I'm trying to train them through this process as well. There's also a risk of getting kicked, depending on the horses you're dealing with. So here are three things that I'm thinking of all the time while doing this:
1. I don't allow my horse to charge up another's tailpipe at a gallop and get herself kicked, or bite the other horse. I don't allow her to give the other horse nasty looks when we're in close either because that's what leads to the biting, which could lead right back to the kicking issue again. Instead I keep her at a walk or trot while following the other horse. If the other horse feels too much pressure they only have to accelerate to the canter to take the pressure off of themselves. If she tried to bite the other horse I might give her a bump with the reins but I wouldn't allow that to happen. I'd also read the other horse's expressions to determine how close or far away I should be. If I thought one was likely to kick I'd definitely stay farther away and use a flag.
2. The horse that's being tracked learns to find their own release through moving forward (with the saddle on), which is exactly what I'm going to need later when I ride them. That's a major way in which a lot of horses can get trained at the same time in a group like this.
3. As long as horses are moving forward, they're not kicking. Usually. Some can kick while moving forward so be aware of that too.