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Does Your Horse Seek Your Approval?

Does Your Horse Seek Your Approval?

In the above picture, by way of interests sake, this horse is most definitely not seeking my approval.  He is extremely wary, and ready to plant a hoof on my head at any second.  This indeed, is the very opposite of seeking approval.  In a way, for my own self preservation, I am seeking his, because depending on how he interprets what I'm doing, he will fight or flee.  The give and take in horse human relationships is very interesting.

How do you prepare a horse for lead changes?

Where to start?  Lead changes done well are something I greatly admire and seem to be the talk of many trainers and riders.  The how, when, where, and why are questions of great conversations.  It is somewhat like asking how to you build a spaceship to land on Mars.  Not an easy answer if you were to answer it completely from start to finish.  I’m going to assume the readers know how to get their horses mentally emotionally and physically prepared and can get to the point of starting to ask for leads.  I don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill but when you talk about lead changes there is a lot to talk about.  Simple lead changes are basi

What is the most common issue?

"What is the most common issue you see with your clients and their horses, and how do you solve it?"

This is a question I was asked to write about.  Here are some thoughts I had around that topic...

A Natural Horsemanship Solution for a Horse that Pulls Back

Q&A with Glenn & Dealer...
What can you do to help a horse that pulls back?
Contrary to some people’s way of thinking, horses do not enjoy, like, or think it is fun to pull back. It hurts and they are very worried, scared and claustrophobic feeling when they pull back. It is much more difficult to teach a horse not to pull after he has started pulling than to learn some exercises and then use them with your horse to avoid the pulling in the first place.