Horse Behaviour

Some behaviours arise from the natural instinct to play and explore.
Some behaviours arise from the natural instinct to play and explore.

Horse behaviour is something many of us strive to understand, but often fail at! A good knowledge of equine ethology is a great place to start – know who a horse really is, and what their nature programs them to do.

From there we can try to understand why a horse behaves in a certain way, and then look at what is causing the behaviour.

This will help us structure a training program to help the horse and human work (and play) together in a way that benefits both.

Behaviour Articles

Horse Behaviour Linked to Poor Nutrition - By Cynthia Cooper. Natural nutrition must be our first priority for keeping a horse healthy, both physically and mentally. Many health issues can be attributed to poor nutrition and that includes behavioural problems. Back in the days when I was instructing full time, I used to think ‘training’ could solve almost all issues. Then I realised [...]
How to help your herd bound horse - by Cynthia Cooper Often referred to as being ‘barn sour’ or rushing home, the herd bound horse just wants to stay near the barn or get home and back to their mates as fast as possible. It can turn in to a frustrating or dangerous situation, especially if you’re out on the trail and lose [...]
A Biting Problem - Question: I have had my horse for three months now and I can pretty much do all of the level one tasks without too much of a problem. The only problem is his biting, he was an avid biter before the last owner had him and she has apparently done a lot to stop him [...]
Ask Cynthia – Why does my horse have a sour attitude? - “A few weeks ago I got bucked off Blaze. I know that it isn’t a rare occurance when we have horses but it really scared me. We had been travelling really well up until then but something has changed…. We were riding in the round yard – me and Blaze with Rob on Fred. Blaze [...]
Ask Cynthia – Kicking Horse - I have recently bought a little 3/4 Arab mare as a second horse to ride and would love your help with her. She came to me very nervous and worried and has not had much done with her over the last 4 years. She has settled in well and I am gaining her trust and [...]
Got a problem? You can solve it by being a good detective! - by Cynthia Cooper How many times has your horse behaved badly? How often have you thought he/she has an issue you must solve with either better discipline or a different training technique? I am often contacted about problems people have with their horse and I’m happy to help them get to the bottom of the [...]

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