Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: foothills of Virginia
Dangerous behaviors in horses
I was reading the best article the other day, it discussed how we view horse behavior. For instance, what we deem 'dangerous' behavior by a horse is really just the horse's natural horse behavior he/she exhibits to other horses. Rearing, bucking, biting, striking out with the foreleg, charging, ect is all 'natural' horse behaviors, and behaviors the horse exhibits with other horses.
Now, knowing that horses treat each other this way, is why we must understand the dangers we face in trying to train a horse. Most horses that come to you already trained have had these behaviors systematically filtered out (tho in times of fear or stress they can and will still resort to those behaviors.) But if you opt to train a horse, you are going to have to face (and deal with) these behaviors and not take it personally (hardest part.) Plus, while trying to stay safe, you must realise that goin in, or when you get scared of a horse when he/she does these behaviors, you have unwittingly showed the horse how to use these very behaviors to get outta workin. That is why training should really only be attempted by someone who is very confident (to the point of 'ballsy') and also by someone who knows how to predict the behavior of a horse before they do it (I can mostimes with amazing accuracy, I know what they are going to do before they do sometimes.)
If the horse is NOT handled properly in those first few encounters with humans, a situation can develop that makes the horse even MORE difficult (that is than they are already, due to thier 'natural' tendencies), as they have learned how to scare someone off to get outta work. That is why I say I would rather train 20 untouched horses than try and fix one spoiled one......
Know thyself, know thy horse.