Got a Spooky Horse? Try This Best Exercise - FearLESS Friday Ep82

FearLESS Friday Ep82

Hey FearLESS Superstars! Today I’m going answer the question, “What do you do if you have a spooky horse?”

So if this is you, the first thing you need to do is realize that the horse can only spook at something he’s looking at. So if my horse is scared of something outside there, let’s say I’ve got to get him past a rubbish bin, if I’m trail riding or whatever I’m doing, or there’s a scary something over there, I’m going to put my horse in shoulder in so he can’t see it.

The second thing is, let’s say he’s stopped dead and he’s head’s all the way up and he’s staring at it. I’ve got to get his head down, so same thing. Head down, bend him to the inside and make him not look at it.

 

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Hey fearless superstars, welcome to Friday the 13th, Spooky Friday, Fearless Friday. What do we do if your horse spooks?

Okay, happy Friday the 13th, we thought for Friday the 13th, fearless Friday. Let’s talk about spooks. So many people, it doesn’t have to be Friday the 13th, they have a spooky corner. Hands up who has a spooky corner. When they’re riding their horse, they come along and Oh, it’s the spooky corner, and the horse puts its head up and it goes oh, oh, and spooks to the inside and says, “Get me away from that spooky corner.” Or they stop and run backwards and they have their head really high up, and they won’t stop staring at what they’re spooking at.

So if this is you, the first thing you need to do is realize that the horse can only spook at something he’s looking at. So if my horse is scared of something outside there, let’s say I’ve got to get him past a rubbish bin, if I’m trail riding or whatever I’m doing, or there’s a scary something over there, I’m going to put my horse in shoulder in so he can’t see it.

So I’m going to say, “Don’t look at it. Don’t look at it. It’s not there. It’s not there. It’s not there. It’s not there, it’s not there.” Good boy. And then I’m going to tell him he’s so brave. Oh, you’re so brave. Now obviously this is a reenactment. My horse is not scared of the corner, but this is literally what I do with three year olds. I need to be their cheerleader. I need to have enough courage, and enough strength, and enough trust that that thing out there won’t hurt us. I need to have enough trust for myself, and for my horse who’s scared. That’s the only way we’re going to get through it.

We’ll get back to the training in a second. I just wanted to remind you if you’re loving this video, make sure to subscribe and leave me a comment on how this video has helped and your biggest learning so far.

The second thing is, let’s say he’s stopped dead and he’s head’s all the way up and he’s staring at it. I’ve got to get his head down, so same thing. Head down, bend him to the inside and make him not look at it. And he’ll be like, “I want to look at it.” No, no, no. Don’t look at it. And the more he wants to spook, the bigger the angle. So now I might turn it into a leg yield. I might be… We’re not… It’s all right. We’re not going past it because you can’t see it. We’re not going past it. And I will literally just make his hind legs go past it, but not his shoulders.

Now that helps on two ways. Firstly, you don’t want the horse to look at what he’s spooking at. But secondly, you control the shoulders of the horse. A spook tells you, you don’t have control of the four legs. And normally the biggest part of the spook is you don’t have control of the shoulders. So when you get to the spooky corner, he’s going to shy or spook to the inside, which means you’ve lost control of this one. And what’s happened, let’s say the horse jumps to the left, all the weight has now gone on this left shoulder, and there’s no weight on this right shoulder, and you don’t have control of this left shoulder. You also don’t have control of the right one. It’s empty. You know that feeling in your reign when there’s an emptiness, there’s a big gap in it. So you’d feel a lot of pressure on this reign and no pressure on this reign. You don’t want that to happen. To control the spook, you need to keep the horse between your two reigns and you need to maintain contact.

So that’s why the shoulder in works so well, because the shoulder in puts the weight onto the outside shoulder. So if I’ve got a horse that wants to go that way, if I make him go this way, see how I’m physically making his body go to the right, even though he might want to go to the left. So that exercise is super, super, super helpful.

If you need help to find out the aids for the shoulder in checkout my other free videos, and if you need help overcoming fear on Friday the 13th spooky Friday, check out my free web training, where I would love to help you more. Have a great Friday.

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