With positive reinforcement, a horse learns to perform an action to receive something he desires, such as food, stroking, or praise.
Because of his exceptionally perceptive and sensitive nature, the horse has the ability to detect sensory stimuli of which humans are unaware, especially on the trail or in unfamiliar places.
Horses often begin a mutual grooming session by scratching each others withers but then move up and down each others body using their teeth to scratch and gently nip their grooming partner.
Your horse will gain additional benefit from moving in snow since it requires him to pick up his feet more, plus moving in snow up to a depth of two feet offers excellent resistance training, and, as a bonus, the snow and cold decreases inflammation in the joints and tendons.
”Your horse can learn new things about being mounted and instead of being nervous and fidgety, he will learn that standing still and cooperating is worthwhile and will bring rewards.”
”Every horse is different, not only in structure and physical characteristics but also in personality. With a timid horse you need to be supportive, and encouraging, while the pushy horse needs a firmer hand and consistent reminders of the rules he must follow.”
Learn how stress, which causes horses to act out, can be reduced when the possibility for equine enjoyment is actively embraced by you as the horse's owner.
Six easy guidelines to learn how to use clicker training to train your horse. By equine behaviorist Jenni Nellist
Ears pinning is a signal that your mare is upset or frightened. Jenni Nellist provides information that will help you understand why a horse pins its ears, and what you can do to address this behavior..