Fun Horse Facts – Horses Teach Us Honesty
When training horses, we must show them that we are good leaders. They are very willing animals and will only follow a good leader. Otherwise, they will take over the leadership role.
How do you show a horse that you make a good leader?
By being totally honest.
How do you show a horse honesty?
By being consistent.
Every moment spent with a horse, it is being trained. There will be times, for example, a horse will decide to nibble at your pocket, looking for those treats you keep there. In my book, that is a no-no and I have to let the horse know. Sure others may say, “Awwww! That is so cute!” and let the behaviour continue. Eventually, the horse may end up biting you, at which time it will be labeled as a dangerous horse. Horses are not dangerous, unless you allow certain behaviours to continue.
The more often you allow a certain behaviour to continue, the worse it will get and the harder it will be to correct it. If you do not consistently correct the bad behaviour, the horse will think of you as a liar. After all, how can it be bad sometimes? When it is bad, it is bad. When it is good, it is good. There is no middle ground.
Horses will every so often test you to see if you are still a good leader. If you let them get away with it, guess what? You have lost your role as a leader. The horse knows it, too. If it can push you around, you certainly are not leading. The horse is.
I personally do not want to be pushed around by a 1,000 pound (or more) horse because I know I will lose in the end.
So, be honest by being consistent in what you do. Your well-being may depend on it.