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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The importance of patience when training your horse

Have you ever noticed that the best horse trainers and riders in the world are usually the most patient? That is not just a co-incidence. Horses and ponies are very intuitive animals and pick up our emotions and feelings quickly. An irritable, impatient trainer can quickly ruin the confidence and spirit of a sensitive horse.

I remember reading an interesting article about research carried out at a well known equestrian veterinary centre in the UK. Apparently the horse has a small brain for the size of its body. Scans done on the brain showed that a horse's reasoning side of the brain is not as large as its emotional part. However, the intriguing result of tests done on a horse showed that the reasoning area grew if the horse was trained. So, the more a horse learned, the bigger that part of the brain became. Who knows, this may also be true with humans!

We're delighted to welcome Elizabeth Jensen of Sunnyridge Horsemanship as a guest writer to our online magazine. Elizabeth has already written two articles for us and you can see her interesting take on The Importance of Patience when training horses here. 

 

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