I have taken this off my blog and put it here. Just something to ponder.
I have to start this blog out by saying----I for sure am not an expert on anything
But I do know this. Training horses or any animal takes a big dose of common sense, consistency and time. All over the internet are threads asking for help to train a horse. Famous trainers like Clinton Anderson, Monty Roberts etc make a killing off of selling special tools, halters, lunge lines etc.
One thing I notice in common in all these training threads across the internet is that people give human emotions to their horse. For example if I do that "my horse wont like me" "my horse will get mad at me" and on and on. I love my horses and have bonds with all of them. But I never mistake them for being human or having human emotions. They are HORSES.
Another common excuse for bad horse behavior is someone must have abused it in the past. Okay yes that could happen. But I say 9 times out of 10 no one abused the horse it just got away with bad behavior and now someone wants to automatically assume the horse was abused and excuse away the bad behavior. This is especially true of head shy horses. Everyone with a head shy horse exclaims it was abused and must have been hit over the head. I know from my experience some are just more head shy then others. I have one here now that has been handled since birth. And yes he's a bit head shy. He would just rather you didnt mess with his ears or head. So we are working on it and he's getting better. It TAKES TIME.
And really in my opinion time is what people do not want to spend training a horse. They want a quick fix, a new amazing halter that will do all the work and on and on it goes. There is NO quick fix. You have to put in the time and effort and use a bunch of old fashioned common sense.
I see so many people train their horse the reverse of what they wanted. They just don't understand that a horse will learn something bad just as quick as it will learn something good.
For example a person takes a horse out to lunge it and the horse refuses to move. Eventually they give up and put the horse back out in the pasture. So what did they train the horse?? Not to move on a lunge line and not to respect you.
Someone goes to catch a horse and gives up. What did they teach the horse? That they don't have to be caught and if I just run around for a bit that human leaves.
And last on my list is consistency. Gosh I have said this so many times to new people with horses and it just doesnt get through. If a horse does something wrong today, its still wrong tomorrow. You cannot discipline them once and then let them get away with it the next time. You are sending mixed messages to your horse! Be CONSISTENT.