I wish I could fix all the poor horses that cause grief to riders..
I love working with troubled horses and each one I sort of take on as a personal Challenge I guess..
The more difficult a horse is.....( the more mistrained, or abused or bullied ) the longer I give a horse to settle.
The things these horses often need is time.......... time to look around... time to actually feel as if they have finally got a home...a stable enviroment to grow and develop..
Patients....... quiet and non invasive approach... I don't get in their face so to speak....
I hear a lot of trainers and riders say they get in the horses face and demand they do this and do that... that's fine, but in my book this is bordering on bullying tactics..... if that works to you. Or them. Then ok... I am not here to judge one against the other
Patience is a big training tool I use.... never never do I use force... never never do I carry a whip, or use spurs.. I don't even own any...
Once a horse learns to trust and accept you as its leader, it will more than often be happy to work for you. And in time like for example Shae my Irish Draught, a once dangerous horse to ride... today takes me on week long mountain trail rides, sometimes up narrow mountainside, one foot wide tracks with no guard rail to prevent dropping off the side way down into the creek below... I trust him.. he trusts me.. We have a contract.... I look after him.. feed him. Keep him warm and out of danger.. in return he looks after me when I am around him or on his back... we have a bond... a 50/50 partnership...
This to me is what I aim for.... it takes time. And patience....!
I have grown to listen...... to what a horse is telling me.... and if you listen.... your horse is speaking to you as well.... all the time....!