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Naughty horse? The best tips for your horse training

No matter whether you speak softly or loudly, whether you scream or whisper, something completely different counts for your horse than the sounds you make. Horse training does not take place while riding or training or with a whip, spurs and loud screaming, but above all deep inside you.

Oha ... you might be thinking now. Why inside me? Why not with the horse in the hall or while riding? That's exactly what I'll explain to you in the article and I'll give you a brilliant tip that can help you to find a more willing and more permeable horse. So if you have a naughty horse by your side or one that somehow doesn't really want to listen, then you've come to the right place. You will get three important tips for your correct handling of the horse and a PDF for download, how you can get more respect and a finer communication step by step in 5 exercises.

Naughty horse - what to do?

Of course, there are also horses that have learned “wrong” in the past, or drag around a more aggressive basic character with them, or have had bad experiences with humans and have developed survival strategies for them. But even then, more volume and a sharp whip does not really help, but these horses in particular often need a lot of clarity, patience and understanding.

HERE I have described to you in the article why "soft" tones in particular help you and your horse to a better relationship.

Raising horses non-violently

Why is a horse "naughty"? Usually because they don't understand what people want from them, because they don't see any sense in the task, because they cannot physically fulfill the task or because they say something but don't mean something - i.e. send out confusing signals.

Mostly then there are suggestions from the outside like “get your way” or “give the horse a beating, then he'll finally start to respect you” or “if you don't do anything about it, your horse will be really stupid”.

All of these supposed solutions have to do with violence and that is a very big mistake. Because with violence - which should have no place in any life anyway - you do not achieve a good and safe horse, but you get a horse that is afraid. This fear leads the horse to act supposedly well - because it fears the consequences. That is neither particularly beautiful, nor particularly safe, or even worth striving for. The horse either gives up or becomes aggressive at some point.

Fight, Freeze or Flight! These are the three typical behavioral reactions of an escape animal to danger. If you dominate your horse through violence, you become a potential danger to the horse. As simple as that.

  • Either it will give up at some point
  • It will run away from you
  • Or it will fight

And then at the latest it is no longer just a "naughty" horse, but becomes a "problem horse". It doesn't have to go that far. It is sad and a shame that it often goes in one of these directions. The solution to all these problems would usually be so obvious.

The most important tips for "naughty" horses

In my opinion, it is particularly important with so-called "naughty" horses that you are very aware of yourself. Most of the time, the horses are not just naughty, but they simply cannot decipher our signals properly if we carry around much too much background noise with us. They are either insecure or confused or angry or stressed because they simply do not understand the other person.

Your horse can see through you faster than you can call "here". This happens through your feelings, your micro-movements, your body language, your voice pitch and much more. The most important thing is knowing exactly what you want and how to move.

An example: If you are not sure inside yourself whether you want to gallop exactly now, no matter how much you can do with your thighs, your horse will hear the no in your head, which affects your body language and it may be that it reacts supposedly "naughty" because the no in your head is louder for your horse than the whip or the thigh.

Another example: For example, if we go to the stable with problems in our head, we may arch our backs slightly and the facial muscles are more tense. We are more impatient and angry and radiate stress. Your horse reads that and doesn't want to participate either. Ultimately, it does not know that the stress you bring has something to do with your work, your partner or something else outside and wonders whether there is imminent danger or simply does not think you are particularly beautiful. Horses love rest, the zen mode and harmony - because that is the most energy-saving and most comfortable state for them. The closer you can get to this state, the more exciting you will be for your horse. The fewer reasons it has to be "naughty".

In a moment I will continue with the three big tips that I would like to give you for your horse training, but first I'll put the promised exercise sheet into the article. Then you can download it and read on comfortably:

You only need a few tools for the exercises:

Three points you need in horse training

So let's get to the big points that we have to work on in order to get a motivated and good horse. The solution lies not only in your horse, but also in you! If you want to be a horse lover and if you want to have a motivated and well-trained horse by your side at the same time, then you are the crux of the matter.

Horses need:

  1. A good and fair boss
  2. with empathy
  3. that does not regard communication, respect and trust as a one-way street.

That is my deep inner conviction. What does that mean?

  • If we are not clear and determined, we will not give our horses the security they need in the herd. And if we take them with us, then we will be their flock for that period. <- Horses need a good and fair boss!
  • If we train in a purely technical manner and always only demand and give commands, not listening to the horse's emotional state and wishes, then maybe we are clear for the horses and they know what they are getting from us, but it's not really much fun with us either . On the contrary: We can become an uncomfortable and stressful thing for the horses <- horses need empathy from us!
  • If we don't listen to our horses, trust them and also value and respect their needs and personalities, how can we expect respect and trust? <- Horses need a counterpart who does not regard trust and respect as a one-way street.

Respect does not mean that the other person is afraid of me, but that we value and perceive each other, observe the limits of the other and also make our own limits clear - in a respectful way. Both. Horse and man.

What makes a good and fair boss?

He knows what he wants, he is safe and strong, he has a plan, gives clear and understandable instructions, is not hesitant or shy and at the same time he can delegate responsibility, trust his employees and wants them to do well. Of course, every boss also interprets his boss personality individually and a little differently. This is exactly what you can do and become an individual boss for your horse. But you have to be a bit of a boss - at least that's what I think - because if you don't know what you want, then you become an “uncertainty factor” for your horse. But what horses LOVE most is safety.

  • So you need a good balance of YES and NO.
  • You need a clear and safe posture deep down inside you.
  • You need clear and simple communication.
  • You need a good balance between being a boss and being a buddy.
  • You need the right mindset.

When you take your horse out of the herd, you will become his herd during your time together. Then your mindset and your emotional state are incredibly important. Because horses talk to each other through emotions, energy and thoughts, this is also the language your horse uses with you. It reads you every second of your time together.

The right mindset

It reads whether you have doubts, whether you have wrong beliefs, whether you are fine or not, whether you are sure or unsure, are you afraid or have courage, whether you are happy or stressful. This language is so much louder to your horse than your voice or your crop.

Because you are what counts above all for your horse! Only you! Your thoughts, your feelings, your inner attitude and your focus. Let's just call it mindset in the following. If I use this word, from now on you will know exactly what I mean. Then I speak of your soul life and your emotional state, of your personality and your mood.

Because the mindset is everything that defines us:

  • Your beliefs
  • Your feelings
  • Your experiences
  • Your personality
  • Your mood
  • Your experiences

When I address your mindset, I basically mean everything that is going on in you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The basic noise of your soul

All of this always goes with you when you go to your horse. It is like a more or less loud background noise that dilutes your messages to your horse and makes it much more difficult for your horse to read your announcements and signals. The clearer you become in your posture and mindset, but also your body language, the clearer your horse will be able to read and see all of this. The faster and more willing it will follow your announcements. And with that you will gradually get a horse that is not "naughty" or unwilling or aggressive.

If you are aware of this and work on it - because it works because our brain is always looking for a comfortable and good state for us - you can gradually reprogram yourself.

  • Your horse sees in you exactly the safe and clear place that it needs to be able to fully engage with you.
  • Only then can you tell your horse safely and calmly where your limits are, which rules apply to you and why you are absolutely sure that these rules must always apply - completely non-violently and quietly.
  • Only because you are so incredibly sure of all of this and exude exactly this security.
  • This will make your requests and requests to the horse so clear and readable for your horse without any background noise that it will follow you much more willingly and kindly.
  • Because then your body language will also be clearer and more unambiguous.
  • Your signals come clearer and faster and are therefore more understandable for your horse.

What (naughty) horses want

All horses want:

  • That we are not hostile to them
  • That nothing happens to them near us
  • That we do not pose a threat
  • That we are masters of our emotions ("Master Yourself")
  • That we make decisions with confidence
  • That we proceed calmly and safely in dangerous situations
  • That we communicate respectfully and politely
  • That we always stay friendly

But ultimately the respect and the mindfulness of your horse is also shown by how well you can master it all together. It doesn't have to work today or in a day. It is important that you take your time and view the whole thing as a process that you shape with love, patience and a smile.

Not louder, but different!

But at the end I would like to give you a simple rule: If your horse does not understand something, try not to explain it louder, but differently.

Because, as a rule, it is either your "mindset" that resonates and dilutes all other messages that you want to send to the horse via your signals or you were big step in your explanation or old experiences of your horse resonate - always provided that all physical points have been clarified beforehand. Sometimes it can simply be physical blockages that lead to "naughty" behavior.

An example: if a horse bucked while riding, it could very well be that it has back problems, the saddle does not fit well or it has some blockages from the last herd dispute. Then it wouldn't be particularly nice to train anyway, because you don't want your horse to be in pain during your time together.

Reading tips on the topic of "naughty horse"

HERE is about what you can do if your horse resists and says no

HERE everything revolves around the question of how you can get more bond and trust

HERE the horse trainer Alessa Neuner explains how you can find a gentle way to deal with alleged bad habits of your horse

Here the horse psychologist Herdis Hiller describes how fine communication between horse and human can be achieved

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