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    03-10-2010, 10:58 PM
Yup. You behaving like that would automatically make your horse think there is something wrong. Same as if your horse spooks at something and you stop and stare with him. That will solidify his fears cause he will look to you as well for reassurance when he is scared. Best thing to do in this instance is to show no attention to what is spooking him and continue on with confidence. In saying this you need to keep one eye on whatever is upsetting him so you can avoid trouble if need be.

Going about things confidently and without fear is best for your horsey :)
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    03-11-2010, 06:34 PM
Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
[/COLOR]I think you misunderstood what my trainer meant. She wasn't saying to ignore your horses fears... ... I think it's a perfectly logical reaction from a horse that has been abused.
Sorry, didn't mean to sound like I was arguing, just clarifying. I did understand what you were *probably* getting at, but it left a lot unsaid that I wanted to explain. & FWIW, I agree with jazzy too, that it doesn't really matter whether a horse was actually or badly 'abused' - his fears are still as justified and 'logical' to him at least - whether they seem logical or justified to us as humans or not.
    03-11-2010, 07:01 PM
Originally Posted by jazzyrider    
same as if your horse spooks at something and you stop and stare with him. That will solidify his fears cause he will look to you as well for reassurance when he is scared. Best thing to do in this instance is to show no attention to what is spooking him
Used to think that & still think it depends on the situation, but that is an example of ignoring and disrespecting the horse's fears IMO. I like to acknowledge whatever the horse is worried about for a second or so, to tell him you're on his page, so to speak & then (usually) ignore it & go on your way. If the horse already has a good relationship with you, this is just further confirmation to him that you're looking out for him & he can rely on you to notice potential danger & take action or not for him.

....And then there are other situations where you should encourage their reactions.... this reminds me of one evening ride, on my unflappable old horse, when we saw a big wombat go into a drain pipe in front of us. We continued slowly up the road past the pipe & then heard a growly noise. My desensitised to all sorts horse turned calmly to look in interest with me, as the wombat shot out of the pipe at us, growling! I didn't know they could move so fast & didn't know then they have a reputation for aggression, but I wasn't going to hang around & see what he did! That was probably about the last time I actually kicked a horse into action! The wildlife sanctuary has since confirmed it was a good idea not to have ignorred this 'spook'!

Sorry to go OT... couldn't help but relate that story once I remembered it!

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