Ground Activities You Might Be Doing With Your Horse That Can Create Aggressive Behavior and a Loss of Control From the Saddle

Feb 28, 2021

Over the next few weeks, I will be discussing ground activities that you may not realize are creating aggressive behavior in your horse. These behaviors can create a loss of control from the saddle. 

This week I am sharing how allowing your horse to move around when grooming can cause you to lose your leadership, connection, and control of your horse.

One of the places you may not think about losing connection with your horse is when you are grooming. While grooming, it may seem innocent enough when all you do is follow your horse around, but, there can be a hidden danger. It is important to keep a horse in one spot. If your horse causes you to follow him around to groom, he learns that he has moved your feet. 

Horses in nature are constantly changing rank by moving each other’s feet. When a horse understands he has moved your feet he could lose respect for you. Allowing a horse to move your feet can lead to a horse crowding into you and not listening to your leadership. 

Grooming a horse in this fashion can lead to problems later on when you ride. You might notice you need stronger rein aids to stop and turn. You may need stronger leg aids to go forward. Your horse may refuse to leave the barn or worse. All of these riding problems can crop up from how you direct your horse on the ground. 

The fix for when you are grooming is to simply stop grooming when your horse begins to walk away and bring him back to the spot where you had him, wait until he stands still, then go back to grooming. If you like, you can always put food down on the ground which will cause your horse to stay in one spot.

Remember it is the nature of horses to keep changing rank by how they respond to each other and they will respond to you this way too.

There are many ways to lose rank with your horse. Over the next three weeks, I will be going over several exercises that can help you gain back your rank, so stay tuned!

May the horse be with you and stay on the lookout for new horse and human sightings. 

Warmly, Carolyn Resnick

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