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With Understanding Comes Success


One of the reasons I strongly encourage horse owners to train their own horses rather than ship them away to a professional trainer is familiarity. Quite simply, an unfamiliar party will not understand your horse nearly as well as you, and this understanding of a horse is the backbone of any successful training plan.

This is not to suggest that all horse trainers are clueless individuals that bumble along hoping to do something right, because most professional trainers will take the time to understand a horse before ever thinking about saddling him and training him to ride. But all too often an impatient or inexperienced "trainer" will misread a horse's problem or intention and react incorrectly due to his lack of understanding. Too many of these incidents can prolong the training process (thereby costing you money) and potentially mentally scar your horse for life.

Far too many head-shy horses can be attributed to inexperienced or abusive past trainers and/or owners who lacked an understanding of the horse they were working with. Once a horse has developed this mistrust or fear of people it can take a good while to reassure the horse that another cuff is not waiting around the corner. And who can blame the horse? If every past exposure with a dog resulted in the dog biting you, chances are you would be very wary, if not outright panicked, by future exposures to canines.

To correct an improper action it is first important to understand the motivation that lies behind it. For example, let's say that you are training a young filly to walk alongside you to your left. Suddenly without permission the filly slams against your side, but being that she's still young it doesn't do much more than get your attention. What would you do?

1. Ignore the behavior - no harm was done after all.

2. Jab your elbow into the filly's shoulder and growl at her to remind her to respect your space.

3. Take a moment to detect the reason why the filly brushed against you.

If you selected the first option, you chose wrong. Although your heart is in the right place in your willingness to "write off" a seemingly harmless action, eventually if you ignore these things they can compound to worse problems. Your filly won't always be so small and light!

If you selected the second option you might have reacted correctly if the filly was gently asked to respect your space previously and elected to ignore the request out of defiance. In such a scenario you would need to reinforce your authority lest she view herself as being the alpha leader amongst you.

But what if the filly stepped against you because the wind was carrying along a plastic bag that startled her? In such a case if you discipline your horse you do her a huge disservice because she's not trying to be defiant or challenge your authority - she's scared and she wanted your reassurance! If you start cuffing your filly for violating your personal space she will be like a deer caught in a car's headlights; the bag to her left and the handler to her right are scaring her and she'll either bolt or become paralyzed.

Had you understood the root of her concern you could have forgiven the invasion of your space and instead showed your filly the plastic bag was nothing to be concerned about. Such reassurances would have put her mind at ease, allow her to regain focus on the task at hand and hopefully become desensitized towards future encounters with plastic bags.

A trainer that believed in the "one size fits all" philosophy would probably have chosen option two in the above scenario since at face value that would be the correct reaction, but without understanding the horse or the motivation behind her action his "correction" would have further compounded the problem. It is essential a handler take the time to understand a horse's behavior before attempting to correct it since one size most definitely does not fit all. And who would better understand your horse than you?

In addition the training process does not have to be the stressful battle of wills that most of us initially believe it to be. Taken slowly, both the horse and the owner can actually look forward to advancing along the lesson plan. As the owner and horse work together, each will develop an even better understanding of the other's mannerisms, personality and expectations? and with understanding comes success.

Jeffrey Rolo, owner of AlphaHorse and an experienced horse trainer and breeder, is the author of the above article. You will find many other informational articles dealing with horse training and care as well as games and other horse fun on his website: http://www.alphahorse.com


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PetSmart tattoo redo contest will gift winners a pet portrait cover up  USA TODAY

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America’s animal shelters are overwhelmed. Pets – and staff – are at breaking point  The Guardian

Finding an apartment may be easier for California pet owners under new legislation - The Hill
Finding an apartment may be easier for California pet owners under new legislation  The Hill

Pet owners could find more rental options under California bill - Yahoo! Voices
Pet owners could find more rental options under California bill  Yahoo! Voices

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What Can Having Pets Teach You About Parenting?  The Atlantic

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Family says city DART raid of North Side pet shop was excessive  KSAT San Antonio

Dog Owners Can Recognize Their Pets by Scent Alone - Psychology Today
Dog Owners Can Recognize Their Pets by Scent Alone  Psychology Today

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Pets Seized from Home - Salina  KSAL

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Meet the CEO who makes your dog-food delivery feel like visiting a Disney resort  Fortune

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Call Kurtis Investigates: Grieving pet owners say they didn't get their pets' ashes back  CBS Sacramento

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Opinion | Octopuses aren't meant to be pets - The Washington Post  The Washington Post

Finding an apartment may be easier for California pet owners under new legislation - ABC News
Finding an apartment may be easier for California pet owners under new legislation  ABC News

Pet Health Redefined As Chewy Opens Personalized Vet Care Clinics - Forbes
Pet Health Redefined As Chewy Opens Personalized Vet Care Clinics  Forbes

Warm, Welcoming Environment For Pets At Puppy Cuts Pet Spa - Town-Crier
Warm, Welcoming Environment For Pets At Puppy Cuts Pet Spa  Town-Crier

WNCT.com's Best of Pets: Turbo - WNCT
WNCT.com's Best of Pets: Turbo  WNCT

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Pets | News, Sports, Jobs - The Sentinel  Lewistown Sentinel

Pets of the week | Features | davisenterprise.com - Davis Enterprise
Pets of the week | Features | davisenterprise.com  Davis Enterprise

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Traveling Internationally With Pets? This 'Pet Travel Concierge Service' Streamlines the Process  TravelAge West

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Pets of the Week: Bettie, Binx, Charlotte and Seamus are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

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Tattoo regret? PetSmart offering chance to cover up old ink with pet portrait  KABC-TV

Animal Shelter debuts new trial adoption program | Pets | fairfaxtimes.com - Fairfaxtimes.com
Animal Shelter debuts new trial adoption program | Pets | fairfaxtimes.com  Fairfaxtimes.com

CGHS/SPCA ‘Help Feed Hungry Pets’ food drive - NEWS10 ABC
CGHS/SPCA ‘Help Feed Hungry Pets’ food drive  NEWS10 ABC

For Pet's Sake: Bladder stones in pets - NBC Montana
For Pet's Sake: Bladder stones in pets  NBC Montana

Pet Policies for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Other Domestic Carriers - The New York Times
Pet Policies for Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Other Domestic Carriers  The New York Times

Attleboro Woman Creates Pet Memorial Bridge to Honor Lost Pets - wbsm.com
Attleboro Woman Creates Pet Memorial Bridge to Honor Lost Pets  wbsm.com

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Paws for Pets: Diesel the Dog | News | ncwlife.com  NCWLIFE News

Crazy Critters: Central Florida organization cares for exotic pets - WESH 2 Orlando
Crazy Critters: Central Florida organization cares for exotic pets  WESH 2 Orlando

Fairfax County Animal Shelter offering new program that gives pets 'trial' period with prospective adopters - DC News Now | Washington, DC
Fairfax County Animal Shelter offering new program that gives pets 'trial' period with prospective adopters  DC News Now | Washington, DC

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A site literally called 'Spy.pet' claims to have scraped billions of public Discord messages and wants to sell them  PC Gamer

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I do not think people should keep octopuses as pets, but I d...  kottke.org

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vermont, vt, pets, springfield, humane society, barn cat, adopt, adoption, cat, pet - The Vermont Journal & The Shopper  Vermont Journal

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Finding an apartment may be easier for California pet owners under new legislation  Bowling Green Daily News

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A pet cremation service is scamming customers, victims allege  Los Angeles Times

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Two people, pets unharmed after electrical fire rips through Derby home  KAKE

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Finding an apartment may be easier for California pet owners under new legislation  goskagit.com

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PETS OF WEEK: Brooklyn and Klaus  WiscNews

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Got any of your pet’s fur to spare? This Hong Kong artist wants it  South China Morning Post

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Pet of the Week: 2024 pets  WTOP

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California Tenants Pets | National News | goshennews.com  Goshen News

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California Tenants Pets | News | goskagit.com  goskagit.com

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Best Pet Wellness Plans for Routine Care (April 2024)  MarketWatch

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Best Pet Insurance Companies for April 2024  NerdWallet

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BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters™ reduces adoption fees for shelter pets this spring - OBX Today  Beach 104

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Pets of the week: Lyric is an energetic puppy. Binx loves to get attention  MLive.com

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The Best Products and Tools to Clean Up After a Pet  Lifehacker

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New Mexico Living Pet Pics April 18, 2024  KRQE News 13

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How much is a vet visit? Behind the soaring cost of pet care  USA TODAY

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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Young boy violently kicks pet guinea pig to death  KMPH Fox 26

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Pets pass antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs' to humans  UPI News

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California Tenants Pets | National News | clintonherald.com  Clinton Herald

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Pets And The Solar Eclipse - Texas A&M Today  Texas A&M University Today

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It's Never Easy to Say Goodbye to A Family Pet  101.9 The Bull

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Liquid Gold for Pets: Beloved Pets Brand's New Liquid Supplement  News Channel Nebraska

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Zoetis Stock Slumps on Report Suggesting Its Arthritis Drugs May Make Pets Sick  Investopedia

Did Ancient South Americans Keep Foxes as Pets? - Smithsonian Magazine
Did Ancient South Americans Keep Foxes as Pets?  Smithsonian Magazine

Street Dog, Asheville Humane Society, Least of These host free vet clinic - Citizen Times
Street Dog, Asheville Humane Society, Least of These host free vet clinic  Citizen Times

Would your dog eat you if you died? Get the facts. - National Geographic
Would your dog eat you if you died? Get the facts.  National Geographic

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Chow Chow Makes Friends with Bumblebee and It's Too Cute to Handle  Parade Pets

Pet Travel | Domestic and International Travel With a Pet - USDA APHIS
Pet Travel | Domestic and International Travel With a Pet  USDA APHIS

Why the CEO of a $12 billion pet services company still responds to customer emails himself - Fortune
Why the CEO of a $12 billion pet services company still responds to customer emails himself  Fortune

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Pets | Lucille: Your Next Furry Friend  Out South Florida

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How To Keep Pets Safe During the Solar Eclipse  TODAY

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Costco Pet Insurance Review & Pricing (2024)  MarketWatch

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Rabies Vaccination Clinics & Pet Health | Environmental Health  Erie.gov

Oriental Shorthair Cat Is Totally Unimpressed When Mom Takes Him Bird Watching - Parade Pets
Oriental Shorthair Cat Is Totally Unimpressed When Mom Takes Him Bird Watching  Parade Pets

Amid summer sizzle, parents go extra mile for pets - The Times of India
Amid summer sizzle, parents go extra mile for pets  The Times of India

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Tiny Kitten's Epic Stomps Every Morning Have Neighbors Wondering If Bigfoot Lives Upstairs  Parade Pets

Pet Catchers codes for April 2024 - VG247
Pet Catchers codes for April 2024  VG247

9-year-old boy discovers 50 reasons why you shouldn't have a pet octopus - Boing Boing
9-year-old boy discovers 50 reasons why you shouldn't have a pet octopus  Boing Boing

American Airlines revises its policy for bringing pets and bags on flights - CBS News
American Airlines revises its policy for bringing pets and bags on flights  CBS News

Terrance the octopus has dozens of babies an Oklahoma family now cares for - The Washington Post
Terrance the octopus has dozens of babies an Oklahoma family now cares for  The Washington Post

Pet owners warned after coyote snatches small dog in Delco - NBC Philadelphia
Pet owners warned after coyote snatches small dog in Delco  NBC Philadelphia

WoW Dragonflight Best Hunter Pets - GameRant
WoW Dragonflight Best Hunter Pets  GameRant

New York state Senate passes bills aimed to protect animals, sale of pets - Spectrum News
New York state Senate passes bills aimed to protect animals, sale of pets  Spectrum News

Pet Travel | How To Bring Your Pet to the United States - USDA APHIS
Pet Travel | How To Bring Your Pet to the United States  USDA APHIS

The bond with pet dogs and cats is strong, deep and uncomplicated - The Washington Post
The bond with pet dogs and cats is strong, deep and uncomplicated  The Washington Post

One person, five pets dead in Danville house fire - wcia.com
One person, five pets dead in Danville house fire  wcia.com

Humane Society sees unprecedented number of shelter dogs due to families leaving Hawaii - Hawaii News Now
Humane Society sees unprecedented number of shelter dogs due to families leaving Hawaii  Hawaii News Now

Amazon Pet Day 2024 is May 7-8: Deals on Purina & Furbo - About Amazon
Amazon Pet Day 2024 is May 7-8: Deals on Purina & Furbo  About Amazon

Bernese Mountain Dog's Adorable 'Happy' Bath Routine Is Going Viral - Parade Pets
Bernese Mountain Dog's Adorable 'Happy' Bath Routine Is Going Viral  Parade Pets

How Much Does Pet Insurance Cost? (April 2024) - MarketWatch
How Much Does Pet Insurance Cost? (April 2024)  MarketWatch

Bill to Stop Landlords from Denying Housing to Renters with Pets Passes Out of Committee - Contra Costa News
Bill to Stop Landlords from Denying Housing to Renters with Pets Passes Out of Committee  Contra Costa News

Why Crag Dogs Are a Bad Idea - Climbing - Climbing
Why Crag Dogs Are a Bad Idea - Climbing  Climbing

Zoetis falls 8% after report that its arthritis shots may have sickened pets - MarketWatch
Zoetis falls 8% after report that its arthritis shots may have sickened pets  MarketWatch

How does the solar eclipse affect animals? Veterinarians share insights and pet safety tips - CBS News
How does the solar eclipse affect animals? Veterinarians share insights and pet safety tips  CBS News

Family Accidentally Ends Up With 50 Baby Octopuses After Their Pet—Thought to Be Male—Laid Dozens of Eggs - Smithsonian Magazine
Family Accidentally Ends Up With 50 Baby Octopuses After Their Pet—Thought to Be Male—Laid Dozens of Eggs  Smithsonian Magazine

O'Hara adoption event highlights role of pets in addiction recovery - TribLIVE
O'Hara adoption event highlights role of pets in addiction recovery  TribLIVE

Dad speaks out after son's pet octopus gives birth to 50 babies - ABC News
Dad speaks out after son's pet octopus gives birth to 50 babies  ABC News

The Best Pet Insurance for Multiple Pets (2024) - MarketWatch
The Best Pet Insurance for Multiple Pets (2024)  MarketWatch

Pet of the Week - Max - Come Meet Me! - Sierra News Online
Pet of the Week - Max - Come Meet Me!  Sierra News Online

Dad Gets Son Pet Octopus, Who Lays Over 40 Eggs (Exclusive) - PEOPLE
Dad Gets Son Pet Octopus, Who Lays Over 40 Eggs (Exclusive)  PEOPLE

Pets - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (U.S - National Park Service
Pets - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park (U.S  National Park Service

Photos of your pets sent in to mark National Pet Day - Herald Series
Photos of your pets sent in to mark National Pet Day  Herald Series

Stolen puppy returned to Frisco pet store by disguised man, Petland says - CBS News
Stolen puppy returned to Frisco pet store by disguised man, Petland says  CBS News

Pet Insurance That Pays Vets Directly (2024) - MarketWatch
Pet Insurance That Pays Vets Directly (2024)  MarketWatch

The Best Pet Insurance for Older Dogs 2024 - MarketWatch
The Best Pet Insurance for Older Dogs 2024  MarketWatch

The Pet Industry Is Doing Great. And Getting Worse. - Forbes
The Pet Industry Is Doing Great. And Getting Worse.  Forbes

Oklahoma family grows unexpectedly after pet octopus lays dozens of eggs - WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland
Oklahoma family grows unexpectedly after pet octopus lays dozens of eggs  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

A 9-year-old boy's dream of a pet octopus is a sensation as thousands follow Terrance's story online - The Associated Press
A 9-year-old boy's dream of a pet octopus is a sensation as thousands follow Terrance's story online  The Associated Press

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French Bulldog's Face Lights Up When Mom Says They're Visiting His Corgi Bestie  Parade Pets

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