A very here and now topic under discussion in the forums is riding in windy conditions. Whatever the time of year the weather can suddenly turn windy, which can and often does result in spooky horses, but the weather we are experiencing here in the UK at the moment is enough to make the bravest of horses spooky. You can’t really blame your horse for being on high alert; it’s so much harder to detect by sight, smell or movement those predators lurking behind the muck heap!
There is only one way to keep your horse calm, whatever the weather, where ever you are, whatever you are doing and that is to build his trust. If your horse trusts you he will come to you as soon as he sees you; allow you to touch him everywhere; will move confidently where you ask him to and take comfort from your calmness.
If your horse is spooky when it’s windy so much that it is creating a dangerous situation, your problems are not really about the wind they are about your horses confidence – in you.
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I noticed recently an Ad for training horses not to be spooky and it reminded me of my old boy, a typical thoroughbred.
One time, whilst out hacking with my partner riding the TB and me riding another horse, we heard the roar of motor-cross bikes on the track ahead, but because of a sharp bend we were unable to see them. More to the point, they were not going to see us.
Soon enough, a couple of youths appeared riding the bike, hell for leather and screeched to a halt a few yards away from us. My partner was so incensed that he turned the TB towards the bike, kicked him on, cantered straight up to them and with the horse peering over the handlebars of the revving bike, gave them a piece of his mind! That done, he turned and trotted back to me.
I was aghast! Not because of the incident but because Mr “I will spook at my own shadow” thoroughbred appeared completely un-phased by the whole thing.
It’s a simple state of mind. The horse will reflect whatever your state of mind is … if you are confident, so will he be, if you are thinking he will spook … so he will!
Patricia – The Dressage Tipster