Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
I do agree that babying them does no one any good.
However, you do need to keep in mind the individuality of the horse. How has it learned to deal with things? Is it afraid or is it aggressive? Does it have bad habits learned already or is it a clean slate?
These issues are dealt with differently, depending on the situation. For example, my gelding had a rough past, and would freak out on a lunge line. At first, I got after him harder, but quickly learned that it exacerbated the issue. He was scared, not being naughty. So I stopped doing what I was doing, reassured him, took a few steps back in training him, and started again. It is amazing what he accomplished after I did that. Now that doesn't mean I let him be disrespectful, as that was never tolerated no matter where the issue stemmed from. My point is that each one may need to be treated differently. I worked another gelding on the same issue, and he needed to be pushed harder to get over it. So it really depends on the horse.
My best advice, go in with an open mind and pay attention to what the horse is trying to tell you. Don't be afraid to try something new if one thing isn't working.
** Don't be the rider who gallops all night and never sees the horse that is beneath him **