Originally Posted by Toymanator
I never let my horses investigate things, as soon as you do this you are rewarding them ignoring you. You are teaching it to stop and look at things. I want my horses to ignore or go past things without stopping. When you allow them to look at things you are teaching them to be afraid of, or look for things that are new or different. When they start to investigate there mind is taken off of you as a rider. I need my horses to be looking for me at all times. When he starts to look at these things you are essentially telling him ignore me, you know better take your time. I want my horses to believe that I know better, I am the leader and I know where we are headed, they then look to me for directions.
Not necessarily. I only let Aires investigate things that I ask him to and NEVER when I'm in the saddle. If he spooks at something when I'm in the saddle, I'll dismount and ask him to investigate it. He knows not to investigate things unless I'm on the ground. If he tries to investigate without being asked or with me in the saddle, I make him move his feet to get his attention back on me. In two years of doing things this way, I haven't had one problem with him trying to do anything like what you're saying. Posted via Mobile Device