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John Lyons horseman Keith Hosman lives in Southern Texas (Uvalde county) within 100 miles of the following cities: San Antonio, Bandera, Kerrville, Leakey, Uvalde, Hondo, Boerne, New Braunfels, Seguin, Del Rio.
"Your horse does that for one or both of two reasons: He's doing it because it's a bad habit he's learned and or because it's all part of his "flight or fight" programming. Nature has programmed him to head for the hills the instant he feels danger. Containing a horse's head is is a pretty clear sign to the untrained horse that something's amiss, so he struggles. And we react by fighting to keep him contained. And his flight turns into our fight.
Where to begin? Every time you touch those reins it just seems to escalate...
The simple tip that follows opens a back door, a way to sneak in and begin training the horse without him realizing that you've gotten one over on him. Use it anytime you need a starting point to begin working with a flighty horse. (If you're looking for more refined "finishing" exercises that teach proper carriage and the like, check out some of the other exercises published on this site or some of the books and videos offered.)"
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"Have you ever seen a red ribbon tied to a horse's tail? What does that ribbon mean? It means "Stay away from me. My horse will kick your horse."
Does that make you mad? Maybe it should. You've gone to a lot of time and trouble to train your horse, to teach it that it is never okay to act up or kick somebody else's horse - but the guy next to you with the ribbon skipped the whole process. The days you worked on gaining control over your horse, he spent going to the movies. You put in the hard work it takes to build a safe horse; they skipped the process entirely.
How about I take a rope and throw it at that red ribbon? Their horse might kick and it might buck. And it might make the rider turn around and say "What the devil did you do that for?" And I might just answer 'I'm telling your horse's butt to stay away from the end of my rope.'"