Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Making Your Horse a "Good Citizen" - Full Article

by Bob Jeffreys & Suzanne Sheppard
Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Does your horse evade you by raising his head when you're trying to bridle him, or give you a dirty look when you tighten the cinch? Does he walk into you, step on your feet, push you around while trying to scratch his head, refuse to let you pick up his feet, or pull you over to the next patch of grass against your will?

If you answered "Yes!" to any of the above questions, then you need to ask yourself why you are accepting this behavior. If your honest response is something like, "He's so good at everything else!" or "He really didn't mean it," or " It's the only thing he does wrong!" then you need to know that you can and should expect more from your horse. Good manners are an important part of any partnership, included the one between the two of you. Improving his manners while you feed, groom, lead or saddle your horse will "trickle up" and improve his performance under saddle, whether on the trail, or in the show ring. Your horse can learn that you expect him to pay attention to you whenever you are around him!

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