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Instead of donning a red tail ribbon, train towards and attitude adjustment.
Posted on June 7, 2017 at 1:30pm
It’s not uncommon at open shows to see a red ribbon fastened on the tail of a horse. The message? Stay away. I kick.
if your horse’s territorial nature has gone so far as to warrant a red ribbon it's time to go back and do some homework before going off property. (More on that next post!)
I know some people with red ribbon personalities…
Posted on June 5, 2017 at 1:41pm
The debate around legalizing marijuana continues. Some would say it’s condoning a vice. What about “condoning” cribbing? More and more researchers are leaning toward it.
Dr. Daniel Mills, an equine behaviorist UK specializes in stereotypies. “ I’d generally say, unless the horse colics recurrently, that it’s better to allow him to crib then to prevent it through collers or surgery”. He these interventions do nothing for the motivation.
Other behaviorists say cribbing could be reduced using a cribbing collar, but removed for short periods of time so a horse can occasionally act on his need to crib without incurring too much physical damage.
These are the things experts do agree on:
Posted on June 2, 2017 at 8:00pm
Avoid it - If I’m going to stir up a storm, I need to be able to ride through whatever horse’s response so that he doesn’t find bucking rewarding. So I might come at a training problem in another way vs attacking head on.
Examples – small wins vs epic wins. 3 % improvement. Aim to never have to step back down the training staircase because you jumped two steps and it went wrong. Evasion undermines the progress because anything learned through fear/ adrenaline is learned quickly.
Have your tools in place In training a horse with a inclination to buck, I’d make sure these “bricks” are well laid in my training foundation before cantering:
Posted on May 26, 2017 at 7:30pm