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  1. #1
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    Jun. 19, 2008

    Default Horse Confidence Building

    Do you believe or have you found that training your horse and presenting them with (fair) challenges, builds their confidence? I heard a wonderful quote on a DVD the other day that made me think..hmm.. The instructor said that if you have a good foundation of trust and communication with your horse, then the challenges that you present to him will only build his confidence. I'm guilty of babying my 5 year old to the point where he is bored now I think. I think a lot of that is because I'm afraid I'll blow his confidence. He's VERY smart, but has a history of being not-so-confident, and I think that's what I became accustomed to. I've spent SO MUCH TIME building his trust and communication with me. I get compliments all the time now on how bonded he is to me and how responsive, which is very cool! But I haven't been working with a trainer this summer, so we've kinda been doing the same 'ol thing, staying in our comfort zone. He seems bored. So I'm thinking of starting weekly lessons with a trainer who will kick my butt a little, and I'm thinking my boy will enjoy the challenge! He does get awfully puffed up and proud when he thinks he's got something

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec. 31, 2009
    The Great Plains of Canada


    Yes yes and YES!! It is SO important to build a horse's confidence progressively and it can be done easily via challenges they are prepared to handle. It will continue to make a huge difference in your horse

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