Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Well, some horses do want to be difficult. It's not always an excuse. Horses are just as different from one another as people are to other people. Some are more easy going, some are more stubborn, and some like to cause problems.
That doesn't mean I don't take a step back and make sure I'm doing right by horse, that I'm doing things in the correct manner.
When I first got my filly, she didn't want to leave the barn and Ricci. But she had to leave. We pracited leading around the pasture, and she led great. But when I tried to take her away, she stopped. She doesn't want to go, and to make it fun, I have to make her go and once she's going, it gets fun. You can't just explain that on the other side of the door is your horse's most favorite treat or activity, you have to show them. So with Gracie, I took her in a circle and started walking again. When she went forward, she got praise, when she stopped, she got an "Ahh!" and a circle. And she learned that walking through the trails wasn't so terrible. It enticed her curiousity, and she got loved on a LOT.
My mare Ricci loves the trails. She doesn't have a barn sour cell in her body, she WANTS to be out there. But sometimes, she doesn't realize how much fun she has. We'll be out on the trails going along great, and she'll decide she's done. Well, no, we aren't done. So yes, she gets "forced" forwards, and then she remembers that, oh yeah, I DO like doing this! She'll go forever, she wants to cut new trails and gallop down any stretch we can. I don't need to make it fun, she knows it's fun.
If you have a child, and you want him to take piano lessons, or play hockey. You have to make him try it, because without trying it, they don't know if it's fun or not. And once they try it, you work out the results.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."