I’m frequently sent messages from potential clients that start with something like..
”Oh but Billy is such a fidget. He’s awful at standing still, I’m really not sure he’ll cope with it all!!”
(Obviously not all horses called Billy are in this situation 😉 )
So here’s my take on it all…
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First of all please don’t worry, I’ve seen most of it before and 9 times out of 10 horses behave really well, far better than their owners think!
Something I always say at sessions is that what we are doing isn’t part of your horses normal routine. When was the last time you tipped up to the yard, bathed him, put a dress on yourself, popped his clean bridle on and took him for a walk in fields to stand on a bridge, let alone with a stranger wandering around with you making clicking noises with a black box???
If that was me I’d be a bit fidgety wondering what on earth was going on too!!
The key is to relax yourself. It’s nothing we don’t already all know and are told to do always with horses, whether that’s leading and handling at home, to schooling and beyond. Your horse takes his cues from you. If you are happy, relaxed and breathing normally they’ll relax themselves.
Your shoot will go at the pace your horse can cope with. I always allow longer for each session than stated in order to give mental space for things like this. We’ll take our time letting your horse settle at each little spot we work in. If he’s not settled sometimes it’s just a case of taking the pressure off and taking him for a walk to switch off a bit. Chatting amongst ourselves is a simple way to lower any possible pressure he may be feeling too.
A pick of grass works too. Ok, so we may have to take things with us to spruce him up after his snack but that’s no problem.
So, that’s it really
Don’t worry – it’s not as bad as you thought.
Breathe – let him take his cue from you.
Most of all enjoy it, it’s all very much a part of who your horse is…
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Have a fabulous week ahead…
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