Watch this horse go from reacting to thinking!

In less than ten minutes these two videos show a horse going from OVERREACTING to UNDER REACTING. Photos like this one show a moment of a horse overreacting but the videos below actually show a horse going through the training to make the transition to thinking…a balance between over and under reacting.

This is a HUGE moment for the horse and it is one that I think many people miss. Can you see where when he ‘ignores’ me or gets dull, someone who is frustrated could have pushed him hard and fast?

If you only see one thing from these clips I hope it is the physical and emotional link. The horse physically slows down when he mentally begins to think instead of react. It is pretty amazing that it is caugh on video!

There was no training unshown between section 7 and 8. Also if you want to see more of the transformation you can go back and watch what has been done up to this point.

I should have released section 7 and 8 together so I am going to put them both in this post.


  1. Simone(Ralf) Schulz on September 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Ok that´is the answer of my question:What makes him be sure?I have understand that it is the prozeß to getting physical and emotional quiet and he is beginning to think.Thats great! Thanks

  2. Heidi (nrhareiner) on September 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    You know I have always found horses to be so interesting how they deal with things. My one horse that you can do anything with. You can rope off him shoot off him and nothing bothers him. Yet he does not like 98% of all horse trailers. Have done all this with him yet sometimes he will go in and other times no way. He has been hauled a lot over the years and this has always been an issue and probably always will be. Then take my Dun It mare. Again hauled a lot. NRHA year-end titles she is a great reiner reined cow horse. Yet rattle a bag next her and she will jump to the back of the stall. It is funny what bothers her and what dose not. Tarp on the rail at a Reined cow horse show no problem. Tarp on the ground at home? NO way. She will self-load into a trailer. Again it is just interesting what gets to one horse yet not to another. I will say that I have been working with the Dun It mare to get better about these things as I am going to be using her for mounted shooting. Again funny what will get to her and what does not.

    Anyway I love these short video clips. Although they are very close to a lot of what I do with the horses. I like that it still gives me new things to do and even that I see that I am not the only one who has horses who do these things at times.

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