http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® Situation 4: I put up hotwire and the horse runs through it: Conscious Incompetence: I know that horses are reactionary creatures that flee from pain.
I ask advice of others, I do research about the pros and cons of hotwires, I may try other things to stop the behavior so not to get into trouble or get my horse into trouble.
I know if my horse gets hurt and scared he will react and I may not know how to handle it so I try and go slow and prepare as best I can.
Conscious Competence: I know horse’s don’t react to pain well and have learned that horses stop learning with pain.
I may try other methods, that don’t involve pain, to stop the unwanted behavior.
If I decide to use hotwire, I will introduce it slowly and help my horse understand, I will put it up and teach my horse to move back from it when it gets shocked.
I may try and set it low so the horse can learn at a low shock and then turn it up as the horse learns.
I won’t allow the horse to be set up for failure and allow him to run through it and learn a bad behavior.
Unconscious Competence: I have seen too many horses get hurt due to hot wire, they get trapped, they stuck, they panic, it normally creates more problems than it fixes, half the time it does not work or breaks or grounds, so I know horses learn to test it, horses get bored and will try and go around it and get caught and react to the shock and it will cause more problems than it will fix, so only use it as a very last resort and in an open area where if it causes a reaction, there is less chance a horse will jump, roll, fall or get trapped (like in a small stall).
I know hotwire is cheat that is easier for me and rougher on the horse, so as a horseman, I don’t use cheats to set my horse up, I take the time it takes to fix the problem in other ways.
I know how a horse thinks, I know if I was a horse how I would want to be treated, so I try and do what I would want done to me.
Situation 5: I let a horse run over me while getting my horse out: Conscious Incompetence: I know that I am not that good at backing up horses.
I know that some horses intimidate me and that I lack the confidence to control multiple horses at a gate at feeding time.
I approach the situation with the knowledge that this can go bad, that horses are going to try to get out and I have to be ready to stop, to close the gate or to try and get aggressive and back the horses away from me.
I may take someone with me it looks too bad or wait until I have help.
I know if I get over my head that I can’t blame the horse since I caused it.
Conscious Competence: I know horses will be horses, I expect horses to try and test me at the gate.
I am confident that I can back a horse away so I approach the situation with an expectation that this will happen and I have a plan that will work and has worked in the past.
I am thinking of different things that can happen and which horses will be more aggressive and which ones to do I need to concentrate on.
I enter the gate and pasture with authority and confidence and I know most horses wont’ test me, but I am ready with my plan for the one that does.
And when a horse tries, I know it is not personal he only being a horse and I have to be smarter and not blame the dumber animal.
Unconscious Competence: I am fully aware that all horses like to come in to eat, I expect it, I understand it and I would do it if I was a horse and knew I had fresh hay and grain waiting for me.
So enjoy watching the horses be horses.
I approach the gate sending clear body language that I am the herd leader and I have a mission.
I enter the gate confidently constantly sending non-verbal (body language) that I am the herd leader, give me space, don’t approach me, I am giving stern looks to horses that are overly excited and wanting to approach me, I am ready and may move aggressively or swing a rope to make a point, I will not focus on any horse that is being respectful and not pushing or trying to approach me.
I do all this without thinking about it, it is almost natural and second nature.
People watching will not see it or know I am doing it, but will make comments that “horses like me”.
If a horse gets out, I take full responsibility for not preparing or being aware enough and for letting it happen and never blame the horse.
Situation 6: I put 50 plastic bags in my horse’s stall since he spooked: Conscious Incompetence: I may think this is teaching the horse a lesson.
I may take it personally that the horse had the audacity to spook at plastic bag with me.
I know that I http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® know understand why the horse did it and think that if I put plastic bags in his stall it will show him not to be afraid of them.
If I see the horse is nervous and can’t relax, I will take them down and realize I am making my horse more fearful and this is not working and I may need to ask someone for help with this problem.
Conscious Competence: I know that horses spook at things.
I know that if my horse is confident in me, his spooks will be less and less and I have the ability to control him when he spooks.
I will use proper sack out techniques to build the confidence in the horse and remove fear.
I know that I can’t get my horse to stop spooking at everything, so I just work on how I deal with it.
I practice my calmness and keeping and having a good seat when I ride.
I work on sacking out routinely.
I don’t take shortcuts and easy way out.
It takes more time to work on sacking out than it does to just throw 50 bags in my horse’s stall.
So I work on myself and how to deal with my horse’s natural fear instinct so we grow together.
Unconscious Competence: I see plastic bags before my horse does since I am always looking for possible dangers, just like my horse.
I think like a horse, so if I see something that appears odd, I know my horse may think that way.
I have worked on my horse and know that no matter how he reacts to scary things, I know I can control him, I can stop him, I can keep my seat and deal with it.
I try and show him that things are not going to hurt him, but I know he is reacting to real fear and I understand this and work with him, together, to get over or to get better.
I know I feed my horse hay and he loves alfalfa and is not scared of alfalfa and I never sack him out on alfalfa, but I know that if a flake of alfalfa falls out of a tree while I am riding, it will scare me and my horse.
I know we will get through it together and I can’t make my horse “bombproof”.
I can prepare for unexpected things and deal with it fast and instinctively without much lag time for thought.
I just found another example of Unconscious Incompetence.
A horse is brought into a stall every night and his food is waiting for him.
So naturally, the horse gets into a habit and wants to get to his stall for the food.
This is a good thing.
This will help your horse come to you, will help him learn where his stall (food) is and will teach him a routine.
So a person comes up and tells me that her horse is getting pushy on the way to his stall, so she was told to remove the food and that way the horse will not be in such a hurry to get back to his stall and that way he will not be pushy.
This is so simple to me, but may not be for others.
The horse is not being pushy because of the food, he is being pushy because he can, because he is allowed to be pushy, because the person is not making him NOT be pushy.
To blame the food is to blame the horse, it is neither, it is the person who is not giving good direction, it is the person that is not stopping the pushy horse, it is the person that is not showing the horse that it cannot be pushy, but the easy choice is to blame the food.
Not only is this the wrong way to fix this, this action will make this worse.
Here is what will happen next.
The horse will learn that he gets no food when comes in, so he will have no reason to come in, so he will stop coming in from pasture when called, then the person will blame the horse for not coming and will lock the horse in the stall to teach it a lesson for not coming, then the horse will develop other vices from always being locked up, then the owner will blame the horse for the vices and the downward spiral will continue and the quality of life of the horse will forever be lost.
THERE YOU HAVE IT! If you read all of this you should have a better understanding of the horse and maybe will strive to move the conscious competence level and over time will be naturally move to the “Unconscious Competence” level.
You may be at the Unconscious Competence level now in some areas, like putting your horse in a stall, taking it out to pasture, feeding you horse, picking his feet or saddling your horse.
Since you do these daily they may be second nature and you may not think about them much.
Getting to this level in reading your horse and communicating/talking with horse is where you will see your horsemanship grow and advance.
But it won’t happen if you think you already there (Unconscious Incompetence) or if you don’t actively work and practice doing it.
Spending time and watching horses is an investment.
Study them, read about them, watch them, watch others handle them, handle different horses, ride different horse, ride and work with problem horses (people problem horses), watch others take lesson, the more time you are with horses the more you will learn from them.
Hope this helps improve your relationship with your horse.
Link to the four stage learning model: Click Here http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® Let’s talk about Cheats: Move to top of page I use this term a lot in the horse world.
Synonyms of cheat are to defraud, to take advantage of, con, trick, swindle or deceive.
So when I use this term to refer to different things people use on horses, people get offended or insulted.
This is not a personal issue.
Most any cheat can be an effective aid if used in moderation with a good thinking horseperson, with the goal being to use it short term.
I will list a few cheats that I see used too often with horses; A stud chain, a whip, a martingale, draw reins, spurs, tie downs, bits, pain and fear.
Hold on, I know many are thinking, wait a minute, I use some of these and I am not a cheater.
Remember what I said earlier about moderation and thinking.
There are many other cheats in horse training and after reading this you may identify others that you did not see as a cheat before.
Let me discuss why I think a cheat is a cheat.
A stud chain causes pain; it is designed and used so it can cause pain to get compliance.
Can it be used and not cause pain, yes, but if it is available, the likelihood it will be used for pain is there.
If it was not available, then it would not be used for pain and you have to learn how to get what you want without pain.
So I hear all the time, I don’t use it, he just knows it is there or If he listens then he does not get it used on him (pain).
Both these statements are cheats.
What is really being said is I don’t know any other way to control my horse so I use what is easy, fast and works.
The easy way is rarely the right way.
The right way normally takes more time and more effort.
So by taking the easy way, you cheat.
We all do it, I have done it and still do it sometime, but it needs to be the exception and not the rule.
When you cheat, you cheat your horse and you cheat yourself.
I can take most any horse being led around on a stud chain and lead the horse better and with more control with a simple rope halter, in less than ten minutes.
Not because I am special or have magical power, but because I understand horses, I know if I was a horse what I would want, I know that if I take a little more time, I get a better final product.
When you only use cheats or over use them, I think you take something from the horse.
You change the horse in a way that you never get back.
You change the very being and steal some of his soul.
Who would want a horse that will not move unless told, will not think on his own, has no personality, will not react to anything and is basically a mindless robot that you sit on and bark off commands? It seems too many people are always chasing this type of horse.
Most problems with horses (really people) come down to time, being in a hurry and lack of knowledge.
If people just slowed down, took the time it takes, it would take less time.
The slow way is the fast way with horses.
Most cheats are used for faster and easier results.
So you may think it helps in the short term, but overtime, cheats become less and less effective.
Not only do people start relying on them, but horses start relying on them.
Ever see a horse that has always had a tie down, if you take it off, the horse is almost lost and fearful.
Most cheats do not improve your relationship with your horse, it normally damages it.
So overtime when cheats stop working, they are normally used more and with more effort, since people have become dependent on them.
The more you use a cheat the less effective it becomes.
You can desensitize a horse to just about anything.
If I slap a horse in the face every time I see him, sooner or later he will expect this, know it is going to happen and will stop trying to prevent it.
So if you constantly correct a horse with a stud chain or a bit, sooner or later your horse will expect it and ignore it.
Or at some point he may decide enough is enough and hurt you.
Hard hands make hard horses.
I think if people are more aware of cheats and the cheats they use, they will be less likely to over use them and will be thinking of ways to get the same results without the cheat, getting more from your horse with less.
For example, if I can get a horse to lead well with a rope halter, then I can try and get him to lead well with just a rope around his neck.
Once he is good at that, then I can try and get him to lead with just a piece of hay string around his neck and once he is good at that, then I can get him to lead with nothing.
By looking at most horse training this way you are always working your horsemanship (horsewomanship) and you are constantly improving.
If you take care of your horsemanship, your horsemanship will take care of you.
When you improve http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® yourself, your horse improves.
When you and your horse understand each other your partnership grows and everything you do with your horse seems effortless and like a dance.
You would never find beauty in a dancer, if a whip was used to make the dancer dance.
Know your cheats, use them sparingly and always try to stop using them, so you don’t have to depend on them. Horse Training Sayings and What They Mean? — http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® Move with your horse, Find your rhythm, Keep your hands soft, Get off the bit, Get on the bit, Stop picking at your horse, Feel your horse’s beat, so if you are trying to think about this, you are not riding.
Most will tell you that you should have a straight line from your ear, shoulder, hip and ankles.
If you have to think about this it is hard to make it happen, it will happen when you are not thinking about it, if you ride enough to feel it, to learn it, to feel how it does not feel right when you don’t do it.
All of this may help, but you have to experience it to recognize the significance of it.
You need to learn this by doing it.
Ride time! I mentioned shock absorbers earlier.
This is muscles working and it takes training and strength.
Your shoulders cannot help you stay in the saddle, per say.
Your seat is made soft and secure by being relaxed and not tense.
Your feet and ankles, your knees, and your legs and hips all working together can help reduce movement and absorb shock.
So by using your ankles, knees and hips, you control your bounce up and down and forward and back.
You use these to stop some movement and then to create other movement (impulsion).
By using these correctly you help the horse carry you and make yourself appear lighter and easier to carry.
You use these to stop your shoulders and arms from bouncing up and down and all around.
Just like a horse running on the wrong lead, it is hard on the horse, you bouncing in the saddle because you don’t know how to use your body and balance is hard on you and hard on the horse.
By not using your shock absorbers correctly you harden the jars and blows to the horse’s back and your back.
The horse pays for his mistakes and pays for your mistakes and then pays again when he is blamed for both.
I hear lots of people tell people to use their legs.
If you don’t have balance, if you don’t know how to control your reins softly, if you don’t have much ride time, then trying to use your legs is just one more thing to confuse you and the horse.
Legs help communicate with the horse, but it has to be done without throwing you off balance, without you getting confused and having to think about it.
When you try to do too much, you make the situation worse and you confuse the horse.
I can not help a person round pen a horse if they don’t know how to lead a horse.
I can not help a person use their legs if they don’t have balance and rein control.
I can’t teach rein control if the person has not got balance down.
Legs are additional cues to the horse, but if your horse is confused with your lack of balance and your lack of consistency of rein usage, confusing him more with legs will only make it worse.
I say this a lot, 80% of all horse owners are women, and 75% of new horse owners get OUT of horses in the first year.
New horse owners want to get a baby (a young untrained horse), want to teach it themselves, want to learn with the horse, all BAD! Green riders with green horses = hurt riders and people getting out of horses.
It is a bad combo and no matter how much you tell someone this, they all know they are different and they can do it and they can make it work, it won’t happen to them, and they will be careful, they know the risk..
And they get hurt and get out of horses and the horse gets blamed.
The statistics are out there, they grow every year and if you go to any clinic you will see bright eyed women with their dream of owning and training their own horse coming true.
Then go to any barn and you will see women getting dragged, thrown, with slings on, wearing helmets to keep them safe and riding with fear and insecurity.
They will ride in enclosed areas where it is safe and making their horse arena sour, barn sour, or other names they want to pin on a horse.
This is done by men too, it is just now predominately women who own most horses.
Had I been writing this 25 years ago, I would be talking about men beating and abusing horses to get them to listen and blaming the horse and when they got hurt I would be saying good for the horse.
When someone gets hurt trying, it is sad and unfortunate, but when someone gets hurt being brutal to a horse, I say, good for the horse.
I love horses, but they are freaking DANGEROUS.
Don’t underestimate the gravity of this statement.
They will kill themselves if they are scared and trapped, if they think they can get away.
It is their nature.
So people want to wear a plastic helmet and feel safe.
A helmet will not stop your neck or back from getting broke.
It will not stop you from breaking a hip or leg.
It will not help keep you stay in the saddle or stop your from being dragged with a foot in the stirrup when you fall off.
A helmet gives a “false since of security” and causes people to do things they would not normally do without a helmet, because they FEEL safe.
This is bad when it comes to horses.
A horse does not care if your head is protected or if you ride him in a Styrofoam body suit.
If he gets nervous, scared or feels you are not in control and you are putting his safety in http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® jeopardy, he will take charge and react.
And when he does it will be with extreme force and strength and you and your safety will be of no consideration to him.
But Rick, I have heard lots of stories where a horse has saved a person and protected a fallen rider.
It is the rare exception and people want to see things in their own way and it may be different than it actually happened.
I can bring a horse a carrot and hay every day and the horse will be happy to see me and allow me to feed him, but let me try and get this horse to move or put this horse in a fear situation and I assure you, the last thing in this horse’s mind is that I have given him carrots and feed for many days.
As the horse threw his rider into a tree or barbed wire fence, the rider thinks, why would you do this, I treat you so good, the horse thinks I can run faster and save myself now with less weight.
So why do I talk about dangerous horses when I am talking about riding.
They are so connected it is ridiculous to talk about one without the other.
Riding a horse is dangerous, this is why it is probably so fulfilling and gives such a joy and a since of wholeness.
Joining with a horse is something special.
It is risky and does not come cheap or without time and sacrifice.
The problem is being human; we want things now, fast and without sacrifice.
Well, I think you can either sacrifice now and learn to ride and understand the horse, or you can sacrifice later and get hurt, maimed or killed by taking short cuts.
If you take the time it takes, it takes less time.
The slow way is the fast way with horses.
Ride time is the best teacher for learning to ride and the horse is best teacher of the horse.
If I said it once, I say it a thousand times, ride your horse, spend time with your horse and learn about the horse.
Knowledge about the horse is the best gift you can give to your horse, second only to time.
If you spend enough time, knowledge will come and the horse will teach you.
You have to be willing to listen. “A good horseman can hear his horse talk, a great horseman can hear his horse whisper and a bad horseman can’t hear his horse if it screams!” Watch, listen and learn, the horse has much to teach.
Now that I may have scared the hell out of you, that was not my intent.
By being aware I try and make you learn in a “Conscious Incompetence” level.
When most people accidents happen (not horse accidents), it is normally because people are in “Unconscious Incompetence” mode.
In order to learn you must be willing to admit you do not know it all and that you know and understand the importance of knowing.
By making you aware of the dangers, I make you aware of the importance of learning and understanding a horse’s fear, so you are better able to deal with it when it happens.
WHEN it happens, not if, because it will.
Those who think their horse is trained, “Dead Broke”, or “Bomb Proof” are nothing more than an accident looking for a place to happen.
All horses get scared, all horses spook and all horses run.
If there are any absolutes in horses, those would it.
Knowing this, understanding this, being prepared to deal with this and dealing with it (experience) will help keep you and your horse safe.
Riding with Good Hands: This comprises many things.
Being soft is most important, giving slack frequently back to the horse, communication takes feel through the reins, lightly moving in an a slight irritating fashion as to get the horse to listen, pay attention and respond.
Less is more, give and hold not pull and yank.
Be firm on the reins without being rough or hard.
Quiet hands will show in a quite head.
Working and holding reins means always having the ability to change and adjust to the moment of the horse.
You must be flexible but consistent.
You must be aware and on the ball so you can immediately give direction or assistance if you feel your horse becoming confused, lost or distracted.
Like most things with horses you must be patient when your horse gets confused or is slow to respond to your cues.
This is where timing comes into play.
Timing is knowing when to do something as to enhance your horse’s chances of success and not to impede his progress.
Anyone can know how to do something or what they should do, but knowing when to do and for how long is extremely important and difficult. Mythbusting Crazy Horse Myths Be aware of those “life-long horse owners” that tell of these Myths.
People passing on these are fakes.
They want to appear to know it all about horses and want to impress http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® those that don’t know any better with this mythical knowledge of secrets and mystical wisdom.
By educating yourself and questioning everything you hear will make you a better horseman and will prevent these falsehoods from getting passed on and repeated.
Honking noise is caused by dirty sheath – it is not – I explain this on my horseman tips page, it is caused by many things, none of which is a dirty sheath.
If you understand a horse you will know the reason a honks or makes noise from his sheath area.
A Mare runs the herd and is in charge of the herd — Not true, in a wild herd the stallion is the unequivocal leader and is in charge of the herd, he goes where he wants, he eats what he wants and does not yield to any other horse in his herd.
Never let a horse put their butt to you or they will kick – this a common belief by people that do not understand a horse and are afraid of horse – it is not true.
A horse may put their butt to you for many reasons such as walking away, wanting a scratch, a mare in heat, to look at possible danger.
Those who are scared or nervous and do not trust their horse will say this so they do not need to deal with their fear and it goes back to the old saying: “To err is human, to blame the horse is even more human.” When a horse pens his ears they will bite you – horse’s pin their ears for many reasons, pain, discomfort, warning, dominance, direction, wind, rain and other reasons.
Again this is promoted by those who are scared, insecure and need a reason to justify their fear of their horse.
See, if this myth is true, then people being scared of horses are smart.
And we all know that “know-it-all” barn people are smart.
The position of a horse’s ears can tell you if the horse is safe or dangerous – absolutely not true and is a common myth among old horsemen.
This myth, like many got started by people blaming horses for being a certain way, so connecting it to ear position, swirl position, color, head size, breed, bloodlines or any number of other foolish reasons to blame a horse for behavior that was casued by poor horsemen.
A white hoof is softer and not as sound as a dark hoof – scientifically proven to be untrue and incorrect, color horse hooves is nothing more than color pigmentation and has nothing to do with strength of the hoof.
Probably started by poor blacksmith’s that screwed up feet or by people that neglected the feet of their horse and since the feet were not dark they blamed their neglect on the color of the hoof.
By reading position and direction of swirls and whorls on a horse, you can tell things like disposition and behavior or how good the horse is – fools believe this and is nothing more than horsy racism – a horse is a reaction or reflection of his surrounding and handling, a horse is just a horse, we humans apply good and bad terms to their behavior.
I did a video on this topic on YouTube.
If a horse puts his butt to you in a round pen, the horse is being disrespectful – untrue a horse will turn both ways in a round pen (butt away and butt to you, also called inside or outside turns) and it is all dependant on who is rounding penning and what they do to cause the turn.
If you believe this foolish theory then a horse can only ever turn one way in a round pen.
Which many believe and still do today.
Watch any person today round penning a horse, they will get mad, blame, yell or correct a horse for this, since they do know and only going by what they heard from the “life long horse owners”.
If a gelding or stallion drops his penis he is being disrespectful, rude and dominant untrue a horse will drop for many reasons, relaxed, drugged, excited, to pee, from pain or irritation – again this myth is passed on by those that do not understand a horse but feel the need to connect natural behavior to some negative label.
Apple seeds are poisonous to Horses – In large quantities they can be harmful but so can just about any other feed given to a horse.
It would take a cup of just pure apple seeds to be toxic for a human, so it would take a lot more to hurt a horse.
So unless you are feeding just apple seeds, the seeds of apples are fine and 6 or 10 apples a day is not going to hurt a horse at all.
I think it would take a entire tree of apples in order to get over a cup of seeds so this myth or rumor is not true, unless you are feeding your horse handfuls of pure apple seeds.
If a horse drops grain while eating then his teeth need floating – another lack of http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ® understanding myth – a horse is designed to eat grass, they do not eat grain in the wild, they hold their head down when eating and they do NOT chew with their mouth closed that is why grain and other food falls out of the mouth sometime.
But if some “life-long” horse owner see this, has the teeth checked and the teeth need floating, then that must be why the grain fell out.
Again there is this need for lots of horse people to show how much they know and continue to pass on foolish myths.
Another old saying: “A shallow brook is nosiest”.
A horse needs horse shoes to be ridden – untrue, shoes are bad for horses, they cause pain, the nails compromise the hoof wall and the pounding of steel on the hoof is like running a horse on concrete – it causes long term arthritis, joint damage and bone pain – shoes are used by people that want to be lazy and not aware of how and where they ride their horse and think a shoe will protect the hoof, it does the opposite, see my horse hoof page where I explain this in more detail.
If your horse licks dirt he is sick – Not true.
Many horses lick dirt to supplement their diet.
Some say it a horse does it they are lacking trace minerals in their diet.
I have salt blocks, mineral blocks and feed a variety of hay, including some alfalfa and my Mustang still licks dirt sometime. If a horse paws at the ground or water they are going to lie down – pawing is a natural behavior and it can be done for many reasons, such as playing, showing dominance, splashing, mixing up minerals, to cool off, to test the footing, to threaten and other reasons – another myth started by someone too stupid to know the difference and since they let their horse lay down with them when they pawed, now in order to make this a horse issue and not a stupid human issue, another stupid horse myth is started and passed on.
If a horse rubs his head on you the horse is being disrespectful – dumb, this is passed on by those people that are scared of horses and don’t understand them – a horse rubs for many reasons, he could have an itch, he could have something in his ear or eye, he could be just showing affection, grooming loose hair, getting sweat off him and showing acceptance of you as his friend.
But if you buy into this crazy neurotic “Respect my Space” crap that dominates the horse world nowadays, then you have to label this behavior as bad to justify your fear of letting your horse get close to you.
Just another people problem that is blamed on a horse.
If a horse stops to poop when you are riding, he is disrespecting you – horses stop to poop all the time, they do not like to poop on their back legs, no more than they like to lay down in poop in the pasture – they only do this nasty and dirty habit when locked up by protecting caring owners that don’t understand horses.
Of course ignorant judges at most horse shows take points off if a horse stops to poop and call it bad, so people wanting to win ribbons pass this stupid myth on.
And since everyone repeats it, it must be true.
A horse can’t run when it is eating or has food in his mouth – not sure how this crazy crap got started but very easy to prove wrong, go scare your horse when he is eating and see it stands still with food in his mouth or if he runs off.
I hope you see a trend here in all these “horse myths”.
They are started and carried on by those that do not know.
They are mostly fear or ignorance related and then repeated by many who are scared or ignorant.
Any blame, name calling or labeling of horses for foolish things like color, ear position, swirl position, is just “horsy racism”.
It is an unjustified belief based on fear, rumors or lack of understanding.
Do yourself and your horse a favor.
Believe nothing of what you hear – take responsibility and learn, read, study and become knowledgeable of the horse, so you do not get suckered into the crazy world of “Horse Myths, Horse Secrets or Horse Whisperers”. Picking A Trainer Move to top of page http://www.thinklikeahorse.org/index-3.html[11/3/2012 8:52:31 PM] Horsemanship-Think Like a Horse-Rick Gore Horsemanship ®
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