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.
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…
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 if not dangerous situation, especially if you’re…
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…
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…