Originally Posted by WillowNightwind View Post
Because we are all trainers. All of us. Every time you work with your horse, even if you have only been riding for a month, five months, a year, or twenty years, you are training that horse. Every time you put a halter on, or put a saddle on, get on a horse or lead it around, you are training that horse.
You are CONSTANTLY training, even if you have owned that horse for over 20 years, which I did with my oldest horses, who passed away a few years ago. It is the nature of the horse, a herd animal, to always want to move up in the herd when the opportunity presents itself. Only had one horse who was happy remaining #2, after #1 passed on.
Since we are giving advice to new horse owners, let me give mine. How about spend several years taking lessons at an academy where the horses are trained to be safe, and then you can get a very good picture of how a well trained horse OUGHT to behave.
Thank you for posting this. It sounds like you are committed and I commend you for that.
You kinda jumped the gun buying a horse before you had been around them very long and that is why you didn't know to react immediately to that first bite. MY instructor showed us what to do when the horse didn't behave, without being abusive. I anticipate that my horses will misbehave, and therefore, I still take a whip out with me whenever I need to walk the pasture and weather conditions, or fireworks, or the neighbor on the corner is gunning his engines, again. I can't care for and train my horses if they kill me, and they are big enough to do so.
However, if they were my chickens and the sizes were reversed, they would have already eaten me, so the horse is made for us to master.
Still, I have no trouble catching any of my current herd of 3, and they were little angels for their shots last week and when I made them stand tied and waiting while me and Vet visited for 3 hours. (It had been awhile, you see.)
When you establish a healthy relationship, and you horses have NOT be mentally ruined--mine have not--AND you always praise when you ask them to perform, horse ownership can be a joy. Your horses want to please you, and you build on that.
Welcome to the Forum. I hope that you will be able to own horses as long as I have, since 1985. =D