I often get questions from my students or see posts here on the forum asking “why does my horse do this or that?” Don’t get me wrong, it is great to ask the question and usually there is a pretty simple reason we can figure out. However, horses are living beings with feelings and emotions. They have good and bad days just like us sometimes. There are times where we are better served to stop stressing about why our horses do what they do, accept it for what it is, and just move on to changing the behavior, whatever that may mean.
For example, let’s say your horse gets really revved up at shows. Instead of analyzing exactly why it happens, just accept it, and do whatever you need to to make it better – go to more shows and just hang out, work on your own relaxation at the show, do some groundwork exercises when you get there, etc.
So take this for what it is worth, but the next time you have a bad ride or your horse acts up, don’t stress about why it happened, just let it go and focus your energy on making it better.
What are your thoughts on this? Does anyone agree or disagree with this approach?