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RBEI MASTER COURSES:  EQUINE MANAGEMENT: LEADING 3

 

ENVIRONMENTAL VARIABLES WHICH AFFECT THE WAY YOUR HORSE LEADS:

Horses are sensitive, emotional, herd animals.  When leading in different environments and scenarios these things will affect your horses tendencies and inclinations.  The stronger your bond and connection overall and in the moment are, the less these environmental variables will affect your horse.



COMMON VARIABLES & THEIR EFFECTS DURING LEADING

ENVIRONMENTAL SCENARIO:  LEADING WITH ANOTHER HORSE/S BEING LED / IN FRONT
VARIANCE IN YOUR HORSES BEHAVIOUR: When horse/s are being led, or are in front of your horse travelling, it normally means your horse will tend to want to pull and keep up with the horse in front.

MANAGEMENT: Try to keep up, avoid stopping your horse or getting too far behind the one/s in front, they are a strongly wired herd animal and getting far away from where the horse/s in front are will largely frustrate any horse.  The stronger your bond and relationship with your horse the more your horse will see you as the herd and will just be content to stick with you instead more and be confident on their own.




ENVIRONMENTAL SCENARIO: LEADING WITH ANOTHER HORSE/S BEING LED / BEHIND
VARIANCE IN YOUR HORSES BEHAVIOUR:  In this scenario your horse will tend to want to dawdle or stop and turn around to be with the 'herd'.

MANAGEMENT: The stronger your bond and relationship is overall, and in this moment during leading, very much affects this scenario.  Connect with, look your horse in the eyes, pat, cuddle and encourage with good boys gently and softly, keep one hand gently on their neck for re-assurance all the way so the horse feels assured and confident leading the way and will look to you for security and confidence rather than the horse behind. If he stops pat, assure, cuddle, connect and make eye contact,  then coax on with a strong closeness and connection between the two of you.  For those who have always relied on force and other reinforcements to make horses walk on...try this...you will be AMAZED at the result ;)




ENVIRONMENTAL SCENARIO:  LEADING WITH ANOTHER HORSE BESIDE
VARIANCE IN YOUR HORSES BEHAVIOUR: When horse/s are being led, or are beside your horse travelling, your horse will tend to want to pull to keep up with the horse beside.

MANAGEMENT: Try to keep up, avoid stopping your horse or getting too far behind. The stronger your bond and relationship with your horse the more your horse will see you as the herd and will just be content to stick with you instead more and be confident on their own.




ENVIRONMENTAL SCENARIO:  LEADING AWAY FROM ANOTHER HORSE OR GROUP
VARIANCE IN YOUR HORSES BEHAVIOUR: When leading your horse away from another horse or group they will naturally be inclined to want to stop, look back, call, fret, can often suddenly spin and try to get back without warning or play up and try to get away, push you out of the way, cut you off walking, push through you etc...
The stronger your connection and relationship is overall and in the moment will be the deciding factor of how well your horse behaves in this scenario.

MANAGEMENT: Connect with, look your horse in the eyes, pat, cuddle and encourage with good boys gently and softly, keep one hand gently on their neck for re-assurance all the way so the horse feels assured and confident following and trusting you.   So he will look to you for security and confidence rather than the horses he's leaving behind. If he stops pat, assure, cuddle, connect and make eye contact,  then coax on with a strong closeness and connection between the two of you being maintained every step of the way by you

RE-ASSURANCE & CONNECTION go MILES & work miracles with horses ;)

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