Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Quite often we create barn sour horses by putting too much pressure on them, asking for too much too soon or just too much so instead of arena work or riding away from the barn being a pleasure for them as well it becomes a miserable chore, a situation where they feel anxious, tense, overwhelmed so they just want to get the heck out of there and back to where they feel safe and secure
If you take a step back sometimes you can find yourself a lot further forward in a few weeks from there just by slowing it all down than if you continue with the intensity.
It all comes back down to making the right thing easy from the start then hopefully you never have to deal with 'making the wrong thing hard'
If a child finds school a pleasure and is encouraged to feel good about their achievements no matter how small they seem to be they'll enjoy being there - horse's are not that much different
Just winging it is not a plan