The moment I feel the horse settle
down and stop trying so hard to leave, I
reward him and let him relax.
If the horse tries to back up, I am
assertive, reaching far forward with
my hands and applying leg pressure to
push him forward and rule out backward motion. If he won’t stop backing,
I use a one-rein stop to disengage the
hindquarters. I’m careful not to let
him turn away—that will trigger flight.
Resist the urge to panic. You need
to stay calm to encourage the horse to
calm down and think. Never punish
the horse for feeling fear. By being
too quick with your hands or pulling
too tightly on the reins, your horse
can sense that you are worried. Take a
deep breath and relax—you’ll encourage your horse to do the same as he
mirrors your emotions.
When the horse starts thinking, he
will begin to show interest in what
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photo: Shannon Gilson
The horse is showing curiosity toward the tarp, so Julie praises him for for ward interest.