Curiosity is the Key
Curiosity is the key to developing a responsive (not a reactive) horse. A curious horse can learn because he is not as scared as a horse that is not curious. A horse that is scared can’t be curious and can’t learn. The world is full of scary things, depending on how you look at them. Certainly through the eyes of the horse, they are in constant danger, from things like garbage cans that appear and disappear, unpredictable plastic bags, machinery and horse-eating mailboxes to name a few. Even a nervous hand tightly gripping the end of a lead sends terrifying messages down the rope to the horse. Some horses spook at everything. Others spook at nothing. So, what makes the difference? Considering the horse’s individuality and using his curiosity to help him adapt to the environment around him are key to having a safe, sound horse. And that takes proper…
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