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Using Consistent Leadership to Overcome Pushy Behaviour

If I only had a dollar for every time I've heard “My horse is pushy on the ground, but is perfect under saddle,” or “My horse has never done that before!” If a horse exhibits poor manners on the ground, it's only a matter of time before the rider will have difficulties under saddle. In my first article (March/April 2013), we looked at the foundation for everything I do: CCKL=TOR (a Confident, Consistent and Kind Leader will earn the horse's Trust, Obedience and Respect). As in this case, and all other interactions with your horse, these principles hold true, and must be adhered to in order to form a strong partnership. A horse may tolerate inconsistent treatment for a time, but, eventually, the safety pin on the grenade comes out, and the horse reacts “out of character.” This can be averted, though, if the necessary time - however long that…

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