Treatment Type: Training Techniques
Rated for: American Paint Horse
Cashmere, Washington, United States
Posted Jun. 15, 2018
Horses are a natural prey animal, and many of the things that we wish to do with them, use them for, or expose them to go against their natural instincts. As much as we need to train them to respond to our cues, we also need to help them distinguish between times when we are asking them to move, and the "noise" of everything else that may come up.
I try not to ever tiptoe around my horses and I'm always curious to see if they're bothered by potentially "scary" things like rain jackets or plastic bags. They often are more curious than anything.
I like to leave the saddle strings on my trail saddle down when I'm working with green horses just so they learn that they strings on their sides don't mean anything. They are easily able to distinguish between those, and my actual cues.