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If there is anyone that can talk about hot horses on a hack, it is me.  My horse Shandy was a complete nightmare on hacks.  He would attem...

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

3 Reasons Why Your Horse Isn't Listening To You

1.  Your Cues Are Not Working

If you are having to repeatedly use the same cue or you hold the cue for a period of time, your horse will become 'dead' to your cues.  This is either because you are not using them correctly OR your horse is distracted and you keep using the same cue with the same intensity.  

Although I do not encourage you to be harsh with your horse what so ever, it is important that you avoid your horse becoming dull to your leg.  This is done by giving the normal aid, then of your horse doesn't respond you will increase the pressure each time until he does.  

2.  He is Stressed

It is important to understand that you will not be able to ride a stressed horse effectively.  If your horse is stressed, you will need to calm him done and get his focus back to you before you can get him to listen to you.  

There are many ways to do this (although sometimes you just need to know when to stop).  Transitions can sometimes be enough to get your horse's attention but other times you may need to move to a different location (like to another school, I like to use the indoor school when a horse is stressed).   

3.  He is in Pain

A horse cannot do what you ask him if he is in pain.  It could be that your horse is tight on one side and therefore cannot bend on one rein.  He may have a sore back so he can't concentrate on you because of the pain.  Or maybe he has a sore mouth so he won't listen to your rein aids.  

It is important that you have your horse thoroughly by the vet, farrier, dentist and chiropractor BEFORE you start riding him.  You should also remember that your horse needs to be checked at least once a year and if he starts to act differently.  


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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