Episode 124- Scared on the trail: Let them look or keep them busy?

Have you ever been in a situation where your horse saw something in the distance…maybe out on a trail ride OR even when you change something in the pasture or arena?
Did you wonder…should I let them look…or not?
Thats the topic of todays podcast.

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  1. Lynn on April 2, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    So happy to have discovered you on various podcasts. I have a 6/o Q/H which has a good, quiet temperament but can also be very reactive- especially if sheep come into the equation. It’s great to hear of you walking with your horse and that even with your fantastic training there still are issues you work through.
    I’m currently doing the TRT method online which is helping me immensely, but I think once you pay for something it gives you more focus to keep training. I will look to your course too as I think a mix of expert advice can only be to my advantage.
    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your knowledge, you come over so well.

  2. Martina Brown on March 31, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    I like how you label the horses as slow and quick thinkers…not smart and dumb. Makes so much sense!! As you know I never had good feedback about Hildy for many years. One well known trainer around here said she was hard headed and that I will always be fighting with her. That just stuck in my mind for years. Now that my mindset has changed from listening to you and using your methods Hildy has improved tremendously.
    Speaking of the tarp…Just got it out the other day..Even though I get it out every year she still snorts and runs around for a bit then she remembers the drill. I laughed at the branch situation. I have learned with Hildy that if something is new or looks weird as long as I don’t look stare at it and look the other way she is fine and I also don’t have a problem getting off if I need to. I know her very well and if I noticed something that could really upset her I will get off before she can react. She has no idea why I am getting off but I do. For instance there is a big pile of salt with a tarp over it at the back of my property and it was super windy and the tarp was flying up and around. She knows it is there however I did not want to walk by it and have it blow around and make a lot of noise. I got off in plenty of time…walked her over to it as it was rattling and blowing, had her stand by it while I was petting her, then I jumped on the salt pile on top of the tarp..side passed her over so I could get on like you taught me and went on our way.
    Enjoyed this episode

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