We make many requests of our horses, from putting their halter on in the field to standing patiently for the farrier, heading calmly down the trail, jumping around a course, or climbing into a trailer.
Sometimes our horses just don't respond the way we would like. They run away from us in the field, dance nervously in the cross-ties, balk at walking forward, or plant their feet at the base of the trailer ramp.
How should we respond? Do we back off, do we make them do it? How do we know if the horse is not understanding what we want, unable to do what we are asking, or simply doesn't want to!
In this video, I will discuss reasons why horses don't respond and a few key principles to help you know the best way to react.
If you are interested in exploring the relationship between horse and human, check out this training by Natural Lifemanship happening at my farm this May.