There are 5 things best to keep in mind when dealing with any horse, especially one with behaviour problems:


• Horses are large and unpredictable. They use fight, flight, or freeze to cope with stress or perceived danger. Safety of human and horse is paramount when training.


• Horses need social interaction with other equines and require foraging and freedom. We can be seen as a threat by horses.


• Horses’ brains are different from ours. They think, see, and hear differently than we do.


• Horses can feel. They can suffer, and they can be content. They can become attached to us or be afraid of us.


• Horses thrive on consistency. Our end goal should always be that the horse does what we want it to without having to be constantly reminded.


Want to know what each of these means for your relationship with your horse?

When you sign up for lessons, I teach these basic five things to keep in mind, as well as five training tools (see this post) so that you understand why you are doing what you do when you ride.

Or, sign your horse up for training and you can watch as many training sessions as you like as well as receive a lesson when you pick your horse up!

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This information was adapted from the International Society for Equitation Science’s (ISES) 10 First Principles of Training.

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