What does your horse’s body language mean? Why is he being “disobedient”?
Time with your horse is supposed to be relaxing, but a lack of communication and understanding between horse and rider can quickly lead to frustration for both.
Working through problems is sometimes difficult. We’ve found a selection of books that can help give you the tools needed to understand and remedy common behaviour issues:
1. There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders
Author: Mary Twelvepoints
Publisher: Mariner Books
“There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders has stood for twenty years as an indispensable text in its field. As Mary Twelvepoints writes in her introduction, “It is the hardest pill for all of us would-be horsemen to swallow, but it is absolutely true – if the horse is not responding properly, we are doing something wrong.” This easy-to-read guide offers sensible advice on every common problem you may have in handling your horse and provides highly effective solutions.”
2. Problem Solving
Author: Marty Marten
Publisher: Western Horsemen, Inc.
“A horse-handling clinician’s time-tested techniques for effectively preventing and solving common horse problems. Develop a willing partnership between horse and human. This book includes the most common problems people consistently seem to have with their horses including: groundwork, riding foundation, trailer-loading, barn-sour, spooking, crossing water and bridges, herd-bound, pulling back when tied and much, much more.”
3. The Ultimate Horse Behaviour and Training Book
Author: Linda Tellington-Jones
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
“Drawing from her decades of working with horses and studying their physical, mental, and emotional characteristics, and with the warmth and humour that has gained her a devoted international audience, Linda Tellington-Jones demonstrates how her famous Tellington Method of healing, training, and communicating can influence and alter equine behaviour. In many ways a compendium of the scores of “Tellington TTouches” and exercises that Tellington-Jones has discovered and proven effective over the years, this book promises that a new generation of readers can learn to avoid or solve the problems that so commonly interfere with progressive training and the horse-human relationship. Linda Tellington-Jones is an internationally recognized animal behaviourist and equine expert.” -Amazon.com
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