Solutions for your riding, training
When I walk into the paddock to get my
and horse behavior problems.
horse, he turns his hindquarters toward me.
I have to corner him to catch him. I don’t feel
like this is the start of a good relationship.
What can I do?
When a horse turns and faces you, it’s a sign of respect.
What you’re describing is the opposite: When a horse turns
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away from you, or even looks away from you, he’s thinking,
“You don’t exist to me.” Before you can get respect from the horse, he has to be
willing to pay attention to what you are doing.
Also, turning his hindquarters to you means that a horse may be thinking of
kicking you. A horse turning this way indicates that he is standing his ground
and doesn’t want you around.
The horse has a reason for not wanting to be with you: He wants you to go away
and leave him alone. This can be corrected over time with good handling and
A horse turning
away from you is
a dangerous habit
that should be
fixed with careful
BY JULIE GOODNIGHT WITH HEIDI MELOCCO
BE AWARE that your horse’s
instinct may be to kick. Stay
well out of this “danger zone.”
MAKE TIME for ground work
and grooming. The more
time you spend together, the
faster your horse will get the
USE TOOLS such as a lariat
or lead rope to gently get your
point across and keep space
between you and the horse.