Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Spirithorse, I found Brandon's post to be very well thought out, and VERY relevant to the topic at hand... you offered some advice, and he thought that part of it was incorrect and gave a very good reason as to why, and I completely agree with him. Horses react based on learned responses to various cues. They do NOT think logically like a human. They are essentially "programmed" with various cues and learn (through repetition and what trainers call "conditioning") to "respond" by taking a course of programmed action.
This is very important to remember when training any horse, therefore is very relevant to the topic at hand.
TO the original poster:
I can't recall in the replies, but has this horse been checked over for any physical issues that may be causing her some pain? Is it bi-lateral, or just to one direction, or mostly to one direction? Trotting will bring out unsoundess more than a walk will, so perhaps something is bothering the horse, but not so much to make her (her, right?) sore at the trot. Do you use any equipment? Is she balanced at the trot?
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