Do horses ever forget past abuse? I'd love some advice to help more safely handle my 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. He is a former ranch horse who we believe was handled roughly; he can go from being relaxed, to spooky and reactive. He typically seems to be more reactive when in an enclosed space, and feels "trapped".
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[This week's Ask Monty coming soon!] July. 1 Do horses ever forget past abuse? June. 24 How do you discipline a horse without force? June. 17 Does your horse bite you? June. 10 How do you build confidence in a horse? June. 3 Are you being fair to your horse? May. 27 How do you [...]
Horses are flight animals and, in addition, they are classified as grazers. Horses typically eat grass. This grass grows from the ground and never runs away from them. Their food is provided by nature and is most often never touched by human hand before being eaten.
I have a horse who is a retired lesson horse who I adopted from my trainer. He turns 26 this month, I started the Dually Halter with him and my question is, will I be able to change some behaviors he has done like biting me when I mount him since he has been allowed to do this his whole life?
I would like to ask some advice from you about a 7-year-old mare. She is an Oldenburger sport horse. She was been started in a traditional way, and the owner told me she was totally fine with the first rider. She was been started by a young girl who is the daughter of the owner.
Ask Monty: Are you being fair to your horse? ... My question is this: how do I understand the line between potential pain response from him and a learned behavior of getting his own way?
Ask Monty: How do you break the chain of violence? ... If my life has been led as you have described, and I believe it has, then to be reminded of the wonderful work of people such as Sister Agnes Patricia and The Queen is a joy far more important than most people would ever realize.
Question: Have you tried Monty's Dually halter and long lines? I wanted to know, if I am training a three-year-old filly to respond to my hands, can I use the Dually halter and the driving lines or long lines with a saddle instead of a surcingle?
Ask Monty: How do you convey safety and build trust? ... in your work with PTSD sufferers, have you found that there are certain signs to look for, and body language that can be used by another person to convey safety, and to reinforce trust?
How do you ride a bucking (fresh) horse? Monty's Answer: To my way of thinking, the most important part of these ‘fresh horse’ rides is what you do before you get on. ... One of the Golden Rules ... is Safety First.