Behavioural problems can occur for a multitude of reasons and often result in horses communicating the only way they know how, with a spook, buck or a rear for instance.
Horses have been around a fair while... 65 million years - and during that time they developed some pretty effective methods to avoid being hunted and eaten.
As a prey animal their primary defence is to flee - take flight- against anything perceived by them as a threat, and their anatomy evolved perfectly to achieve this with minimum effort and superb speed. Their memory and ability to learn ensured that the smartest and fastest horses survived.
Their memory, learning capacity and anatomy are naturally among the reasons they became such an asset and solid companion to human beings.
Humans are predatory by nature and this can make understanding the mind of a prey animal challenging, resulting in some miscommunications.
Often times, if pain has been ruled out then this miscommunication can be the likely cause of some behavioural issues.
However many other factors such as diet/nutrition, stable management, exercise plans, age, sex, experience, pain, saddle/tack fit, suitability for purpose, dentistry, and farriery to name a few can also be huge factors.
My training methods are tailored to each individual person and each horse based around achieving balance, focus, trust and managing anxiety. The training is a team effort from both horse owner and trainer, we are less inclined to producing the 'quick fix' training approach which may get the job done in the first instance only to shift the behaviour elsewhere or for re-occurrence later down the line.
It is my goal to assess you and your horse and achieve a line of communication that best suits both of you through focused and balanced ground work, control of the feet, giving your horse the chance to make choices within the training, de-sensitising and sensitising using cognitive learning methods enabling your horse to control and manage their own anxiety and in turn developing a bond between you strong enough to nurture trust and connection for any situation you should face.
Often, if we are able view something from a different perspective, it can change the way we originally saw it and therefore change the way we would respond to it.
If you are ready to first look at yourself and ask what can I do to make this better and let your horse know you are listening - then give me a call or email to book the first part of your new relationship with your horse.