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With Understanding Comes Success


One of the reasons I strongly encourage horse owners to train their own horses rather than ship them away to a professional trainer is familiarity. Quite simply, an unfamiliar party will not understand your horse nearly as well as you, and this understanding of a horse is the backbone of any successful training plan.

This is not to suggest that all horse trainers are clueless individuals that bumble along hoping to do something right, because most professional trainers will take the time to understand a horse before ever thinking about saddling him and training him to ride. But all too often an impatient or inexperienced "trainer" will misread a horse's problem or intention and react incorrectly due to his lack of understanding. Too many of these incidents can prolong the training process (thereby costing you money) and potentially mentally scar your horse for life.

Far too many head-shy horses can be attributed to inexperienced or abusive past trainers and/or owners who lacked an understanding of the horse they were working with. Once a horse has developed this mistrust or fear of people it can take a good while to reassure the horse that another cuff is not waiting around the corner. And who can blame the horse? If every past exposure with a dog resulted in the dog biting you, chances are you would be very wary, if not outright panicked, by future exposures to canines.

To correct an improper action it is first important to understand the motivation that lies behind it. For example, let's say that you are training a young filly to walk alongside you to your left. Suddenly without permission the filly slams against your side, but being that she's still young it doesn't do much more than get your attention. What would you do?

1. Ignore the behavior - no harm was done after all.

2. Jab your elbow into the filly's shoulder and growl at her to remind her to respect your space.

3. Take a moment to detect the reason why the filly brushed against you.

If you selected the first option, you chose wrong. Although your heart is in the right place in your willingness to "write off" a seemingly harmless action, eventually if you ignore these things they can compound to worse problems. Your filly won't always be so small and light!

If you selected the second option you might have reacted correctly if the filly was gently asked to respect your space previously and elected to ignore the request out of defiance. In such a scenario you would need to reinforce your authority lest she view herself as being the alpha leader amongst you.

But what if the filly stepped against you because the wind was carrying along a plastic bag that startled her? In such a case if you discipline your horse you do her a huge disservice because she's not trying to be defiant or challenge your authority - she's scared and she wanted your reassurance! If you start cuffing your filly for violating your personal space she will be like a deer caught in a car's headlights; the bag to her left and the handler to her right are scaring her and she'll either bolt or become paralyzed.

Had you understood the root of her concern you could have forgiven the invasion of your space and instead showed your filly the plastic bag was nothing to be concerned about. Such reassurances would have put her mind at ease, allow her to regain focus on the task at hand and hopefully become desensitized towards future encounters with plastic bags.

A trainer that believed in the "one size fits all" philosophy would probably have chosen option two in the above scenario since at face value that would be the correct reaction, but without understanding the horse or the motivation behind her action his "correction" would have further compounded the problem. It is essential a handler take the time to understand a horse's behavior before attempting to correct it since one size most definitely does not fit all. And who would better understand your horse than you?

In addition the training process does not have to be the stressful battle of wills that most of us initially believe it to be. Taken slowly, both the horse and the owner can actually look forward to advancing along the lesson plan. As the owner and horse work together, each will develop an even better understanding of the other's mannerisms, personality and expectations? and with understanding comes success.

Jeffrey Rolo, owner of AlphaHorse and an experienced horse trainer and breeder, is the author of the above article. You will find many other informational articles dealing with horse training and care as well as games and other horse fun on his website: http://www.alphahorse.com


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Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners - USA TODAY
Frozen cat food recalled over salmonella risk posed to pets and owners  USA TODAY

Studies say owning pet can have positive impact on owners' physical, mental health - WZTV
Studies say owning pet can have positive impact on owners' physical, mental health  WZTV

Struggling pet parents can get the help they need - Marin Independent Journal
Struggling pet parents can get the help they need  Marin Independent Journal

NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 18, 2019  NJ.com

A people party for pets - Chico Enterprise-Record
A people party for pets  Chico Enterprise-Record

Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday - KSAT San Antonio
Free preventative care clinic for pets for low-income, homeless pet owners happening Monday  KSAT San Antonio

Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10000 Pets Needed for Science - WTTW News
Old Dogs, New Tricks: 10000 Pets Needed for Science  WTTW News

East Bay pets of the week for Nov. 22 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for Nov. 22  East Bay Times

City warns pet owners to be wary of weather - Monitor
City warns pet owners to be wary of weather  Monitor

Here's how you can buy a beer and raise money for pets in need - WKYC.com
Here's how you can buy a beer and raise money for pets in need  WKYC.com

The pet industry's shift towards technology - Axios
The pet industry's shift towards technology  Axios

Pets pose for pictures with Santa - WNWO NBC 24
Pets pose for pictures with Santa  WNWO NBC 24

PET OF THE WEEK: Rachel | Featured - Imperial Valley Press
PET OF THE WEEK: Rachel | Featured  Imperial Valley Press

Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential - Refinery29
Pet Parents: This Is Your Holiday-Travel Essential  Refinery29

Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever - Slate
Freeze-Dried Pets Are Forever  Slate

Pets of the Week - Hillsboro Times Gazette
Pets of the Week  Hillsboro Times Gazette

Pets prance at Santa Paws 5K :: Out and About at - WRAL.com
Pets prance at Santa Paws 5K :: Out and About at  WRAL.com

Hurricane Dorian pets find forever homes in South Florida - Sun Sentinel
Hurricane Dorian pets find forever homes in South Florida  Sun Sentinel

Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society | Pasadena California, Hotels,CA Real Estate,Restaurants,City Guide... - Pasadena.com - Pasadena Now
Pets of the Week at the Pasadena Humane Society | Pasadena California, Hotels,CA Real Estate,Restaurants,City Guide... - Pasadena.com  Pasadena Now

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18 - Mokena, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Nov. 18  Mokena, IL Patch

Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans - KATU
Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over Salmonella risk to pets, humans  KATU

Pet Talk | A new treatment for broken bones - Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette
Pet Talk | A new treatment for broken bones  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County - WRAL.com
Pets and people run to support SPCA of Wake County  WRAL.com

Two pets die in Maple Valley mobile home fire - Q13 News Seattle
Two pets die in Maple Valley mobile home fire  Q13 News Seattle

Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans - WBAL Baltimore
Here's proof pets have unconditional love for their humans  WBAL Baltimore

Cat Food Sold Nationwide Is Recalled Over Risks To Pets And Humans - KFSM 5Newsonline
Cat Food Sold Nationwide Is Recalled Over Risks To Pets And Humans  KFSM 5Newsonline

Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center - CBS Pittsburgh
Pets Get An Oppawtunity To Explore David Lawrence Center  CBS Pittsburgh

Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Kitty  WCAX

Pet of the Week: Jose - Arizona Daily Sun
Pet of the Week: Jose  Arizona Daily Sun

'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather - USA TODAY
'They're like children': How to keep pets safe amid record-breaking cold weather  USA TODAY

Brick & Mortar: Hardware and Pets - WSIL TV
Brick & Mortar: Hardware and Pets  WSIL TV

Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans? - WTOP
Where do your pets fit in with your holiday plans?  WTOP

Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pet, Bill Nye!  KGO-TV

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bufford - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Bufford  KCBD

South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners - CBS Miami
South Florida’s Pet Detective Jamie Katz Reunites Lost & Missing Pets With Owners  CBS Miami

Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say - MLive.com
Rabies confirmed in pet cat, Michigan county health officials say  MLive.com

'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season - News3LV
'It's a commitment': Avoiding unwanted pets this holiday season  News3LV

Pets on 2: Berkeley Animal Center – Ember - WCBD News 2
Pets on 2: Berkeley Animal Center – Ember  WCBD News 2

Scientists need 10,000 pets for largest-ever dog study - WSAZ-TV
Scientists need 10,000 pets for largest-ever dog study  WSAZ-TV

Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold - 13abc Action News
Toledo shelter fielding numerous calls about pets left in the cold  13abc Action News

Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too. - Vox.com
Hurricane Katrina inspired a national pet evacuation policy. The plan could save human lives, too.  Vox.com

National Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather WTMJ Staff 8 - 10News
National Here's how you can keep your pets safe with the cold weather WTMJ Staff 8  10News

Fire destroys Lakeville home, leaves 3 pets dead, officials say - Boston.com
Fire destroys Lakeville home, leaves 3 pets dead, officials say  Boston.com

Protecting your pets from the cold - WITN
Protecting your pets from the cold  WITN

PetSafe® Partners with LARSON to Launch All-In-One Pet Storm Door - Citizentribune
PetSafe® Partners with LARSON to Launch All-In-One Pet Storm Door  Citizentribune

People are freeze-drying their pets after they die: ‘They don’t want to let go’ - Yahoo Food
People are freeze-drying their pets after they die: ‘They don’t want to let go’  Yahoo Food

Best Pet GPS Trackers for Your Cat or Dog - Reader's Digest
Best Pet GPS Trackers for Your Cat or Dog  Reader's Digest

'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold - NewsChannel5.com
'Bring your pets inside.' MACC on protecting your pets in the cold  NewsChannel5.com

Pet Shop Owner Says Suspects Threw Stolen Guinea Pig at Him - Snopes.com
Pet Shop Owner Says Suspects Threw Stolen Guinea Pig at Him  Snopes.com

How much did people spend on their pets last holiday season? - Government Technology
How much did people spend on their pets last holiday season?  Government Technology

Keeping your pets safe during the winter months - 10TV
Keeping your pets safe during the winter months  10TV

Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet? - The Washington Post
Hints From Heloise: A teacher’s pet?  The Washington Post

California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets - Military.com
California Veterans Can Soon Get Free Pets  Military.com

Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets - KTVA
Fish and Game issues Wildlife Alert for wolverine attacking pets  KTVA

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Nov. 13, 2019  OregonLive

Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths - CNN
Scientists develop sensor to save children and pets from hot car deaths  CNN

Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pets, Bell Bell and Petey!  KGO-TV

Things get worse for Prince Andrew: Accused of using n-word, as pet project loses support - The Mercury News
Things get worse for Prince Andrew: Accused of using n-word, as pet project loses support  The Mercury News

Keep Pets Safe in Winter Temperatures - Patch.com
Keep Pets Safe in Winter Temperatures  Patch.com

San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! waives adoption fees as it reaches maximum capacity  KSAT San Antonio

Dogs are the stars of the show at the Novi Pet Expo - Detroit Free Press
Dogs are the stars of the show at the Novi Pet Expo  Detroit Free Press

Nekoosa Police: Couple moved leaving animals behind, several pets dead - WSAW
Nekoosa Police: Couple moved leaving animals behind, several pets dead  WSAW

Pet Doc: Feline asthma - NTV
Pet Doc: Feline asthma  NTV

Cute animals on demand: Business makes pet toy look-alikes, fetches celebrity clientele - KCCI Des Moines
Cute animals on demand: Business makes pet toy look-alikes, fetches celebrity clientele  KCCI Des Moines

You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17 - SILive.com
You can adopt 19 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Nov. 16-17  SILive.com

Dallas Dog Owner Appealing Pet’s Double Designation As ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Aggressive’ - CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
Dallas Dog Owner Appealing Pet’s Double Designation As ‘Dangerous’ And ‘Aggressive’  CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

A guinea pig was thrown at a Kentucky pet store owner during a reported robbery attempt - The Cincinnati Enquirer
A guinea pig was thrown at a Kentucky pet store owner during a reported robbery attempt  The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners - The New Yorker
The Mysterious Relationship Between Pets and Their Owners  The New Yorker

Edinburgh pet-owners warned as four cats vanish from same area of city - Edinburgh Live
Edinburgh pet-owners warned as four cats vanish from same area of city  Edinburgh Live

Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night - WTHR
Adopt pets for free at IACS Adopt-A-Thon Friday night  WTHR

Did you know your pet’s microchip can move? Here’s how to keep them safe - BRProud.com
Did you know your pet’s microchip can move? Here’s how to keep them safe  BRProud.com

Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets - KFOR Oklahoma City
Norman Animal Welfare waiving adoption fees during event for all adoptable pets  KFOR Oklahoma City

Beware the legal ramifications when re-homing lost pets - WHNT News 19
Beware the legal ramifications when re-homing lost pets  WHNT News 19

Rabies confirmed in Michigan pet cat - WNEM Saginaw
Rabies confirmed in Michigan pet cat  WNEM Saginaw

Celebrity Dogs - A Series Of Celebrities And Their Pets - elle.com
Celebrity Dogs - A Series Of Celebrities And Their Pets  elle.com

Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers - Times Union
Albany DA: Justice reforms to burden animal shelters, pets could go back to abusers  Times Union

More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price - Minnesota Public Radio News
More Twin Cities apartments welcome pets — for a price  Minnesota Public Radio News

Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Birmingham - Detroit Free Press
Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Birmingham  Detroit Free Press

Pet of the Week - Troy Daily News
Pet of the Week  Troy Daily News

Florida bill combating abuse of pets as emotional support animals makes headway - ABC Action News
Florida bill combating abuse of pets as emotional support animals makes headway  ABC Action News

Skijoring gets pets involved in winter fun - Your Daily Globe.com
Skijoring gets pets involved in winter fun  Your Daily Globe.com

Pet of the Week: Hashie - KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis
Pet of the Week: Hashie  KTVI Fox 2 St. Louis

What brings the renters? High-speed Internet, smart-home tech and pet perks - REjournals.com
What brings the renters? High-speed Internet, smart-home tech and pet perks  REjournals.com

Pet of the week -- Winston - AZFamily
Pet of the week -- Winston  AZFamily

A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine - The Atlantic
A Crucial Blind Spot in Veterinary Medicine  The Atlantic

Pets also need protection in cold weather - KSAT San Antonio
Pets also need protection in cold weather  KSAT San Antonio

Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire - The Denver Channel
Multiple pets, including dog, cats, lizard, bird, rescued from Denver house fire  The Denver Channel

Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people? - WTHR
Do alternative diets work for pets like they do for people?  WTHR

Pets of the week: Abandoned by his owner, pretty Marshmallow needs some love - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Abandoned by his owner, pretty Marshmallow needs some love  MLive.com

Pet Saver: Stella - WeAreGreenBay.com
Pet Saver: Stella  WeAreGreenBay.com

Pet Corner: Kali - WWLP.com
Pet Corner: Kali  WWLP.com

Adopt A Pet: Shirley Temple - - KUSI
Adopt A Pet: Shirley Temple -  KUSI

California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets - Mental Floss
California Wildfires Displace Shelter Pets  Mental Floss

Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire - KXII-TV
Cartwright woman loses home, pets to fire  KXII-TV

Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them - KAIT
Keeping your pets warm in chilly weather: It it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for them  KAIT

10 Best Pet Birds — Best Birds for Family Pets - WomansDay.com
10 Best Pet Birds — Best Birds for Family Pets  WomansDay.com

Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control - WPTV.com
Boca Raton pet store under investigation by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control  WPTV.com

Ruff health regs plague pet-friendly Village eatery, owners say - New York Post
Ruff health regs plague pet-friendly Village eatery, owners say  New York Post

NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Nov. 11, 2019  NJ.com

Temple: Firefighters rescue pets from burning home; 6 residents displaced - KWTX
Temple: Firefighters rescue pets from burning home; 6 residents displaced  KWTX

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