You cannot punish a horse for having a bad ride. You should punish yourself though for not getting the best out of them...
Horses dont understand what they've done wrong. If they buck, you get after them right away. If they are being stubborn, you deal with it them and there, not when your ride is over. You only have 3-5 seconds to get after a horse, and for them to understand what theyve done wrong. Anything past that, they dont know what theyve done and your getting after them for nothing in they mind.
If you are having a bad ride, you need to figure out why, what your doing wrong and fix it. End on a good note, even if its a small one. Is your horse backing when being asked to walk? Okay. As soon as he steps forward and does walk, leave it at that. Reward him and be done. If hes not understanding something, do something he does understand and leave it at that.
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