Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I do not need my horse to be afraid of me; I need him to be obedient. He is not allowed to come out of a frame (read: round) to spook at anything. He is not allowed to change gait or bend without my say-so. I control his hindquarter, ribcage, and his shoulder, and he has his attention on me. His head is his to do what he pleases with - but he's expected to be round, so his head is round with his back, but I do not control his head; it goes there naturally because he's carrying himself correctly. Besides, if I control his shoulder, his head has to follow. The horse's head is just an ornament, in the grand scheme of things. Anyways, if I control the shoulder, rib, and hindquarter (through exercising control, NOT making my horse fear me) then he cannot spook.
If you have these things, you do not need the horse to "fear" you. I find fear can work against you in the long rung... Fear only works as long as you are the scariest thing around - which you can't always be....
What does it take? Correct, confident riding.
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