Horses can do many things that are annoying, frustrating, or downright dangerous. Take Finn, the young horse who likes to nip and bite when he gets bored, or Winter, the pony who would rather buck than trot with a rider. What about Sydney, the Thoroughbred gelding who slams on the brakes at every other jump, or Nell, the grey mare who fidgets and paws in the crossties?
How can we teach these horses to do the “right” thing? Why do they do this bad stuff anyway? Are they being spiteful… stubborn?
This week, we’re going to take a close look at bad behaviors – what causes them, why they continue, and how we can teach our horses something different.
We will get started with the video below, where I'll discuss three big factors – at least one of these is involved in every behavior problem.
But knowing the cause of a behavior problem is just the start, so next, read this article on How to Stop Bad Behavior in Horses, and how to avoid three common pitfalls of re-training.