Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
Milo and I have very similar horses and they react in very similar ways. When I tried to get more aggressive (louder and more forceful) Tanner just got more aggressive back. I too have gone back to square one, earning trust. Tanner loves treats and I am learning to use them effectively. They are a tool as much as anything else I use is, and they don't get used without discretion. I have made more progress in a couple of weeks than I did in a whole month with him by careful use of trust and treats. All horses are different and will take different approaches. And I agree whole heartedly on getting yourself a good trainer. There are lots out there, see if you can tag along on a session before committing to one. You can go to a million seminars but you don't know how that particular trainer would approach your particular horse, so get your own trainer at least in the beginning to set you on the right path with your horse!