Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
It's not a "theory". I have practiced it. You know, maybe new horse owners just don't realize the hours and hours it takes to truly train an obedient horse,and how you are always training. You don't need lots of land and you don't need special equipment. You just need to know how to say, "no" to your horse and mean it.
My horses will (possibly, bc I don't LET them) run bc they are sour to their own herd and no one else's horses. THAT is why they won't run and follow any random horse. They look for confidence when frightened and their OWN herd gives them this confidence.
My old herd, "Tyke" (1970-2998, RIP), 'Toma" (1970-2004, RIP), "Corporal" and "Ro Go Bar" (1982-2009, RIP) and others that I bought and sold were worked over 1,000 hours/year under saddle in my lesson program, on weekends at CW Reenactments, and we took them on many family trail riding vacations. They were seasoned obedient horses but they were also herd sour. And they would go anywhere as long as I wished and do what I wanted--working independantly.
Any time a herd sour--not the prissy term, "buddy sour"--horse will not leave his friend(s), it escalates to the point that you cannot even lead them from each other. You start there, and then build on it using whatever training methods you can to fix the problem. I recommend Lunging for Respect and making the horse see YOU as leader. I don't recommend working until exhausted, but there are those horses who do need that, too. Always tailor the training.
I have had horses long enough (~30 years) to realize that you will never make a horse not look to other horses for security. It is in their nature, and a good trainer uses this to advantage.
Last edited by Corporal; 04-09-2013 at 04:44 PM.