21. MAINTAINING 100% OBEDIENCE
This is another key foundational thing that when sorted eliminates so many other symptomatic problems it's amazing:
Horses obedience varies. This is because they will test boundaries, create little habits and basically obedience needs to be maintained.
This problem is so often highlighted when going to your first show or outing. Your horse is pretty good around home, you let a few little minor manners slide, but it's manageable still.
Then hello you get out into a hyped environment and all of a sudden your horse does not listen to you at all and the little discrepancies turn into danger zones!
You very much need to demand and require 90 - 100% obedience all the time in the small things if you want to be able to tackle the bigger things.
When handling or riding you need to set very clear boundaries and be consistent in enforcing those boundaries, otherwise if a horse finds you are negotiable on a boundary you've set ie; he is not allowed to bite then sometimes he gets away with it with no consequence he soon learns that everything's negotiable and this could get you into major trouble when you need him to obey fast and he instead tries to argue about it.
You are the parent, you set the rules, you enforce the rules, you don't change the goal post you are 100% consistent, clear and fair.
For those who are just starting out with horses you need to pick only the battles you can win and graduate on-wards from there in baby steps which we can help you with daily here. There is no point for people to tackle riding if they can't gain control leading first.
But no matter what level you and your horse are at you need to establish 100% control in each little thing before moving on to the next thing.
So to start with you can set yourself a very easy goal such as leading your horse from A to B, during which time you are to maintain the horse being respectful, listening, being soft and obedient, not pushy, not biting etc,
When you have this established tackle bigger things and so on and so forth, such as riding but only in a walk in a closed in small yard and from a to b. Maintaining the horses manners etc, then move on.
Do not go to another bigger level or thing until you have 100% established control in the small things, or you will definitely get into trouble in the big things.
People often think oh we'll be ok to go off down the road, yet they have not created an understanding between themselves and the horse about ground rules, what's expected, how they communicate etc, then wonder why they get into trouble when a car passes and all of a sudden the horse doesn't listen to them.
We provide daily step by step programming here so take advantage of this please to achieve all your Equine goals safely.