Thursday, June 21, 2018
The importance of patience when training your horse
8:09 pm gmt
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
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.