I’m working on a project to help my clients who have been in riding accidents or just lost their confidence. Have you ever taken a hit on your confidence when working with horses or other aspects of your life, if so what did you do to boost yourself up and overcome it?
[This week's Ask Monty coming soon!] July. 22 Have horses ever taken a hit on your confidence? July. 15 Does your horse ground tie? July. 8 How do you separate bonded horses? July. 1 Do horses ever forget past abuse? June. 24 How do you discipline a horse without force? June. 17 Does your horse [...]
I have no problem with the ground tie procedure. I simply would want no chance that the horse could step on a rein and injure his mouth. I feel sure you have taken measures to prevent this. Your discovery that relaxation extends itself to circumstances later in the day's experiences is impressive. It is so true that relaxation and cooperation build on the human observation that these circumstances are comfort inducing.
I'm attempting to separate my gelding from stable mate. He has severe separation anxiety. What do you suggest? ... Don’t leave him alone! My best advice is to take him to a neighbor’s place where they have a safe holding facility and leave him near other horses to begin the process of separation.
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".
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.