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post #1 of 17 Old 07-08-2012, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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How Should I Punish a Horse For a Bad Ride

I am just wondering how I should dicipline or punish a horse for a bad ride, for example if they become stubborn or buck and stuff. Thank god my horses are very good and don't do that, but I just want to know just incase if that day comes.

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Horses should be corrected at the moment they do something wrong, you don't go "Well that was a bad ride" and go about punishing them after the fact, they won't remember and you only become abusive and a bad guy in their eyes.

If your horse bucks and rears, you should get someone experienced to help you take control of those issues WHEN they happen, not after the fact.

You have a split second after a horse does something (a awesome horseman can correct the horse when they're only thinking of being naughty by reading the body signals) to correct them, or else as I said... it does no good.
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You cannot punish a horse for having a bad ride. You should punish yourself though for not getting the best out of them...

Horses don't 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 don't 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 he's not understanding something, do something he does understand and leave it at that.
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You can only correct a horse for unwanted behaviour as it is occurring. They only understand a correction if it takes place at the exact moment the unwanted behaviour takes place, there is only a short time frame for you to be able to make a correction that the horse will understand. I hope that makes some sense, hopefully someone else may be able to explain it better. Also, try to think of it as a correction, not as a punishment, if that makes sense.
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Sometimes the rider can cause unwanted behavior.
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My friend used to say if they repeated naughty behaviour when you are riding them, you should keep their tack on (Bridle,saddle,e.c.t) and tie them to a "Thinking Post" for half an hour or so, and that would be like a "Time Out".
I'm not really sure about this, what do you guys think. Will a horse understand why they are there?

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So they get a half hour break...?

No.. Punish the bad behavior as it is happening or within 3-5 seconds of it happening. If you're having a bad ride altogether(it happens) then get them doing something well, even if it is easy, and reward the horse by ending the ride on a good note.
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My friend used to say if they repeated naughty behaviour when you are riding them, you should keep their tack on (Bridle,saddle,e.c.t) and tie them to a "Thinking Post" for half an hour or so, and that would be like a "Time Out".
I'm not really sure about this, what do you guys think. Will a horse understand why they are there?
Your friend is wrong. Horse will NOT understand the punishment like that, and the end result it may associate you with something bad coming.

As several people already mentioned: something is wrong - correct it right away. Of course given it's not a physical or health reason for the horse to behave off (like sore back, bad tack, teeth issues, etc.). If you don't know how to correct or doesn't feel confident, use a trainer to help you with such corrections.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

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I've done that in the past when my great uncle was still alive and I didn't know any better... my horses did get better, but I don'tthink it was because they were in 'time out', lol. Horses aren't like kids and can't understand why they are 'put in the corner' like kids can.

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Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. Ride for the moment not for the whole experience. If your horse acts up or is resistant to your cues at any point during the ride, work on that one specific cue which as ignored until you feel a change. A change is a thought, and a thought becomes a behavior. Remember, just before you are about to give up, persevere because a breakthrough is on the horizon!

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