Banish bad behaviour
If you’re having trouble getting your horse to cooperate in certain areas of his life, try some of these ideas.
Very few of us have the perfect horse and common problems include refusing to load, be clipped or be caught, napping and refusing to go out of the yard, bucking, rearing or biting. If you can relate to one of these problems, or have an issue with something else, follow our checklist to get you back on track.
- Have your horse checked over physically by a back specialist and an equine dental technician. Also, get a saddle fitter to check his saddle isn’t causing him any pain.
- Try to discover why the horse is refusing to cooperate. Is he scared? Is he showing a lack of respect for you? Is he in pain? Is it purely excitement in the event of a horse bucking, for example?
- Get the right help from a respected trainer. There are plenty of equine behaviourists out there as well as riding instructors, so do your research to find out which method is best for you.
- Decide whether the problem can be fixed and be honest about your abilities. If your horse is scaring you there could be someone more experienced out there who could offer him a more suitable home, allowing you to find a more suitable horse for yourself.
- Persevere with your training if you feel you want to crack it. There aren’t any magic cures and improvement may take time, so you will need to be prepared to have plenty of patience.