You may have been told at some point to “move your horse’s feet.” Whether intended as a punishment, a calming aid, or a way to get respect, this instruction is not necessarily good or bad advice. It depends on how it is done and the intention behind it.
The biggest key to whether movement will be calming or potentially more upsetting to the horse is whether the movement improves or reduces the horse’s balance.
In today’s video, I will explain why balance is so important, and how it can cause the horse to ignore threats or even physical pain.
This will explain more than just why “move their feet” became popular advice, but also how lameness can sometimes seem to disappear in times of stress, or why your horse may become increasingly anxious even as you try to calm him.
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