HOW CAN I FIX A HORSE THAT CAME FROM A BAD TRAINER?
Note: The following excerpt is the transcript from a question I answered from my Facebook Live made in the Steady Horse Facebook Group on 6/5/19. Watch the video or read the text below to learn the answer to the question.
In my experience, the cleaner the horse’s slate, the easier.
On bad trainers, I hate to say that there are bad trainers. Most times, these are also folks that are trying their best with what they have.
A lot of people have done things a certain way because they’ve been told that this is what works and this is how you have to handle a horse and this is the way it gets done. I hate to call people bad trainers because a lot of people are bad trainers, but they don’t mean to be.
When a horse comes with a history, it takes more time to fix that history. I’d much rather get a horse that has never been handled, like a wild Mustang.
Having a horse that has had a lot of bad experiences with people is going to be a little bit more difficult, and you’re going to have to work through and prove to that horse that, “This is nothing like the past experiences that you had with people. This is going to be better and I’m going to treat you well with respect. We’re going to have a partnership and you’re going to get through this.”
So how hard is it? I’m not gonna lie to you. It’s a little bit difficult. But if you stick with it, if you’re patient and look at things from the horse’s perspective, you’ll do much better.
Don’t make the mistake of drinking the Kool-aid of one particular method, or this or that and try to make your horse a cookie cutter. Don’t do that. Just make sure that you take a steady approach.
And when you take a steady approach, it doesn’t matter what you use or how you go about it, your horse is going to trust you because of it.