Equine Behavior and the
Does your horse exhibit equine behavior problems? Does he have an attitude problem? Would you consider him
to be "naughty", "disobedient" or "stubborn"?
Do you know why?
And if your answer here is like my old trainer who just thought my horse was "being a jerk", I hope you will take
some time to read this section. I think you might come away looking at your horse with a different perspective.
I know that there are some of you who are willing to give your horse the benefit of the doubt. You are already
willing to recognize that something is bothering him. I applaud you on your efforts to try to understand and help
your horse. I hope this information will give you some answers or ideas. I know it will help to improve the
relationship between you and your equine friend.
So, with that introduction I will go into what I feel are some reasons why your horse might be "misbehaving". (I
am by no means representing this as a complete list - I am just presenting what I have experienced and learned
in my work with horses)
Please take some time to read about:
I hope that you will find this information interesting, educational, and useful. I hope that it will give you something
to think about the next time your horse is being "naughty". I ask you to, please, not just assume your horse is
being "bad". Because horses are social animals, they are usually very willing to please you if you just give them
a chance and some understanding.
Now, I am not saying that horses are little robots who
do everything you ask them and never have an
But, I am saying, if you are having lots of problems
with your horse, be willing to at least give them the
benefit of the doubt that something is bothering them.
And be willing to investigate some possible causes
You may be surprised what they are willing to tell you
- if you are willing to listen.
If you are looking for more in-depth information on
equine behavior than is offered on this website, you
may look at books that are available by clicking on
the links below.
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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