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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

7/15/11

Tip: the Big Shout

Your horse tried to tell you something when he wouldn't stand still for mounting, and/or he kept running away from you, or pinned his ears back, or stomped his feet or did some jigging -

those were his not so quiet whispers which you probably ignored - so he decided to SHOUT! and Yell at you to let you know he wasn't happy - meaning the jigging or pawing increased, the head went way up, he started popping up or bucking or hopping all over the place or got ready to bolt -

the SHOUT is the behavior that is scaring the bejesus out of you - the darling escalated to that point because he was trying desperately to communicate with you, and you didn't understand him or just plain ignored him. 

I did that so many times in the past  - I simply didn't know any better - and had always been told that I was the boss and he better darn well do what I tell him to - well, not listening and being bossy is not always a good choice - which is why I used to end up on the ground so darn much !

I am one heck of a fine listener now !!!

Adventure Horse Riding in NYS....... RideNYS.com