Originally Posted by koomy56
Set the ego aside. Embrace what this horse is attempting to teach you.
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"It is no wonder to me that people get caught off guard by their horses from time to time. Horses are so much faster at things than us, and react to whatever that thing is that they are reacting to.
When you are laying on the ground looking up, you start to feel foolish that you were bested by this beast, and it is only natural for a human to get angry and want to get back at the thing that made you look so bad.
I was one of these people for many years.
The thing is, as time went on, I started to see that horses always give a 'tell' and then they act out what they are feeling at the moment. If a person misses that moment, then the horse is ahead of them.
Setting boundaries is all about being ahead of the horse, because if you are not ahead of him, he's ahead of you.
'FEEL' has everything to do with looking at a horse and knowing what is about to happen.
And 'FEEL' has everything to do with being ahead of that horse's idea that they are getting and sort of changing their mind to a better idea.
If the idea already happened, then the handler is just too late, and any amount of smacking is not going to do a darn thing, except get all parties upset.
The boundary is very important and will not be established without some good leadership
-- M.C **
"A horse may be born with fear, but do not add to it. Help them work past the fear for a healthy foundation
-- Unknown (Didn't record name
These are NOT
original posts by me. They are a taste of posts that I have entered into my training log as a REMINDER. Reading it, you will understand why I have written it down.
Good luck with Iceman. He's cute. And I like his name. :)