So, What Causes
Bad Habits in Horses?
So, does your horse have bad habits?
I hope that the information about The 5 F's of
Instinctive Horse Behavior helps you to understand
more about equine behavior problems and where they
might be coming from.
Many of the reasons that a horse will exhibit these fear
and stress based instinctive behaviors can have a lot to
do with the 3 Reasons Your Horse Might Misbehave.
If you have not read that section, I would encourage you
to do so now.
Quite often, relieving your horse of these 3 common
problems will help a lot of his stress and anxiety based
behavior to go away. However, sometimes your horse's
behavior problems will continue because it has now
become a bad habit.
Don't be tempted to take the short route and think you will just try to correct the bad habit. Your horse's
behavior problem will most likely either get worse or will come back unless the original problem has been dealt
After addressing the reasons why your horse was "misbehaving", he will then be able to focus more on the
training methods that are being used. Now you and your horse will be able to overcome the behavior problem -
rather than your horse focusing on what is bothering him or causing him pain.
I believe that most horses don't want to "misbehave". It is instinctive for horses to avoid stressful situations.
Why would he want to be fighting with you when everything inborn in him just wants to have peace?
This "naughty" behavior is his way of trying to tell you that there is some kind of problem (at least from his point
Try to figure out why your horse is "misbehaving". Does he have a fear of something? Maybe he does not really
understand what you want him to do? Or has he possibly been abused and now has fear and trust issues?
Try using positive horse training methods or equine clicker training to overcome these problems. Positive
training methods will help to overcome a lot of that "naughty" behavior by allowing the horse to learn without
causing him a lot of stress and fear.
Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse
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