Evaluation of difficult behavior

I assess the horses overall health, well – being , and their physique. Incorrect muscling is a good start to knowing the horse is moving abnormally. Evaluating a horse for physical and behavioral problems takes not only skill, knowledge, and experience, but also empathy and an owners’s willingness to think outside the ” box ”

Understanding the horses physiology and learning to promote functional anatomy is the first step in re- educating your horse. There are no set ” rules ” that you have to follow to have a successful relationship with your horse. You do need to understand how to properly coordinate your horses mind and body for it to become a happy functional athlete or partner. If your desire is to learn from someone that only has ribbons and awards to prove their knowledge, you are staying in the ” box ”

Horse world has become a place of judgement, a place of overlooking what is actually causing your horses behavior or lameness issues. A place of religiously searching for that one method or trainer that can create the relationship you so desire with your horse, that light and balanced movement that seems absolutely unattainable. Horse owners need to stop and listen to any intuition they may have regarding the work they are doing with their horse. It’s important to include your veterinarian in these concerns if they are interfering with the well being of your horse. There will slowly be behavior signs, warning of pain long before the actual lameness will show up, or horses behavior will escalate to dangerous. Forcing a horse in a position because we are told to or it will win us a ribbon is not a path to a successful relationship. Riders are spending so much of their quality time with their horse doing what they think the finished picture looks like, not understanding the damaging effects it places on the kinematics of the horses movement. It’s a discouraging path to take for horse and rider.

Leadership when resumed to submission is handicapping to horses mind as well as their spirit. The best leadership for the horse is knowledge. ( Jean Luc Cornille ) The same goes for the student of a trainer that is forced to believe they can never attain an understanding of the higher level of movements without an expensive big moving horse. Movement is always a benefactor in judging standards but attaining correct biomechanics for any discipline is the best reward you can get. The next few blogs will journal the before and after success stories of each horse using the knowledge I attained by completing the Science of Motion therapy class.

“The authority pleasing, question suppressing, rule following approach is wasting the athletic abilities of talented horses and gifted riders.”  –Well said, Jean Luc Cornille

 

 

 

The gift of owning an Ideal horse

There are so many horse owners that are able to have a close bond with their horse. Not just on the ground but under saddle as well. It seems that they can take their horse anywhere, and enjoy trail rides, horse shows, or even working cattle. Did their horse come that way or is there something special that they are doing? Unfortunately, there are many horse owners that are very fearful of their horses. They feed them, groom them, lead them around but they find a whole different disposition when they try to ride them. These horse lovers have tried everything suggested from their friends, vet, farrier, trainer, and the internet. Parting with their horse is not something they want but the pressure of owning a horse you are afraid to ride is weighing on your conscience. There are horses that have really good minds and are willing to do anything. There are horses that are very flighty and only care about protecting themselves, at any cost. Horses are not generally mean and dangerous by nature but they do have a very strong defense mechanism. This means that their priority is to protect themselves from pain. Some horses will completely shut down their mental processing to protect themselves from feeling the pain from being forced in a position that is harmful to their biomechanics. They ignore and ignore the pain until finally a lameness appears due to compensating of correct muscle use. Horses can disassociate their brain from their body, this is a strong defense mechanism that can sometimes lead to explosive behavior. Re – educating the ” problem horse ” to become an Ideal partner takes knowledge, patience and time. Since the horses mind will initially protect familiar muscle patterns, even if they are incorrect, the re education needs to begin with what soreness the horse is protecting. Behavior issues are always a sign of the horse beginning to speak of a problem it is having somewhere. Lameness is a sign of a dysfunctional coordination of the thoracolumbar spine. Injections mask the problem, evaluating the horses way of going and guiding the brain to proper coordination will help to dissolve the cause for abnormality. I will post again on evaluating your horses behavior so we can begin to help the horse seek comfort and this in turn becomes a relationship.

” Wellness does not create soundness”  -Jean Luc Cornille

Remember soundness can refer to mind or body

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-Kristie Cotton