Horses are sensitive beings. They will respond to the slightest stimulants around them. For this reason, it is very important to understand how to behave around a horse for its safety and yours.
Understand that horses will reflect your behavior. If you find that your horse is jumpy, angry or difficult to deal with, you should pause to see if you are displaying the same feelings or attitude. A horse will tend to act nervous if they feel any negative energy around them. That is why it is always advised to stay away from the horse if you are stressed. Take a deep breath and relax, then you can approach it again. A horse will feel what you feel and will start to mirror your actions.
Accept that some horses are more difficult than others. It takes a very strong human being to overpower a strong horse but this might not always be for the best. Build a relationship with your horse that relies on trust and confidence. It takes dedication and faith to understand a horse and to become a part of their being. But even if you do that, you might still end up with a difficult horse that would never listen to you. In that case, it might be better to just accept them the way they are. It could be in the genes or the way they were handled when they were young. In all cases, you should be very careful in displaying your emotions and actions because if you are not, you could both end up injured.
If you are inexperienced, you should consider an older horse. An old horse is always a good start for beginners. These horses have been around for a long time and have seen and dealt with a lot of humans. They also have the tendency to accept mistakes from humans who are still inexperienced and will help you overcome the miscommunication. These horses are considered to be the best teachers. You should always listen to the vibe you get from the horse if you want to build a successful relationship with it. Obedience and patience are not necessarily related to one particular breed but you will have to spend some time looking if you want to find the right horse.
Relax. Horses are great at reading body language. This means that they can tell the difference between a strong person and a person who is faking it. You can try some meditation before riding on the back of the horse. This will help you relax and will give you confidence that your horse will probably feel and sense. Don’t misinterpret the horse’s action or hold a grudge against one. It is very important to understand the reason why a particular horse would behave in a particular way in order to avoid the same situation in the future.
Be a fair leader. Horses love their friends but will respond better to a fair strong leader who knows what he is doing. Horses work in a ranking system, so if you want your horse to comply then you should make sure that you are at the top of the system. Most horses will be obedient to a firm fair leader, while others will still be difficult to deal with. These require the utmost levels of control and patience. Resorting to violence will not help you with a difficult horse. Avoid yelling at your horse even if they don’t listen to you. Your horse will not understand what you are saying, but it will interpret your body language and the feelings you display. If your horse makes a mistake, you should discipline it in a fair assertive way then let it go. You can also stop the horse from doing something wrong before it is done by distracting it.
Give it time. It takes time to understand your horse and the appropriate ways to deal with it. Try different methods of discipline and see which one works best. You should be listening to your horse and monitoring its actions. Once your horse has started to behave like you want it to, you should immediately stop disciplining it. Remember that real training means getting a horse and making it do what it doesn’t really want to do. And this will take time and effort.