What To Do If You Shy On Your Horse?
The question was, I had a horse that shied so now I’ve started shying, my horse isn’t shying but I’m almost shying at the objects, therefore creating the shy in the horse. And can I just say, really, really well-done on your self-awareness and on your honesty.
So, shying is perfectly normal, horses are quick to the flight, therefore they’re on the eye out for anything that could kill them and if they think something could kill it, they want to get away from it!
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So, shying is perfectly normal, horses are quick to the flight, therefore they’re on the eye out for anything that could kill them and if they think something could kill it, they want to get away from it! So let’s say I was scared that my horse would shy at the fire hydrant and I’m going, oh my God, what’s at H? What’s at H? My horse starts going what’s at H? What’s at H? And if my horse’s head is to the fire hydrant, d’you see how easy it is for his shoulders to be the other way? And that’s what happens in a shy. A shy is nothing to do with the horse is being naughty or the horse’s behavior. It tells you how good the rider has control of the shoulder.
So the very first thing, if I knew Wessel was terrified of that fire hydrant, first thing I wouldn’t let him look at it. I’d put him in a shoulder-in and I’d say, well firstly, you’re not gonna look at the fire hydrant. Second, I’m going to make your legs go to the fire hydrant even though your face isn’t. And I would yield him over to the fire hydrant without letting him look at that. And all that is is putting him in a position the opposite of where he wants to go. So a horse that’s gonna shy at H goes like this, sorry, we’ll just keep walking until we get there, no rush, Wessie. So, yeah, a horse that shies at H, who’s had this? Horse’s head goes up in the sky, and it’s going like this, what, eh, eh! I don’t wanna go near H! I don’t wanna go near H! And what d’you do? You go, go near H! I’m gonna make you go in a circle and go near H. And riders go, go on, go near H! Go near H! And the horse got its head up going, I’m gonna look at H!
And it does the exact same thing, falls in with its head to the outside. So, as a rider, you need to go, no, I’m gonna control the shoulder, I’m going to make sure that you’re not gonna look at it, and, see, my inside leg is yielding his body to the scary thing and I’m putting his head away from it. So, I’m going, you are going! So I make his arse hit what he’s scared of, that’s what I do with horse that shy. And they straightaway then go, hm, not allowed to shy, not allowed to look at it, mommy wants me to do work today, and they go do their work. Now, remember, if you’re liking this episode, like and share it and make sure you subscribe so you never miss an episode. Now, I know it’s very, very easy for me to sit here on a horse that isn’t shying, on a horse that isn’t being strong, on a horse that isn’t half-rearing or bolting off or being strong, saying you just got to control the shoulder.
I understand how annoying that sounds so please accept my apologies that I don’t, I couldn’t find a horse that is a bad shier for me to do this video on and I’m not saying on a horse that shies badly that I can make its arse go to what it’s scared of and put its head to the inside, I’m just saying that’s where I start with. My job as a dressage rider is to control these four legs underneath me. And when you’re learning to ride the tricky thing is, you don’t know how to control the four legs underneath you. And that’s nothing against you, that’s just called learning. You know, when you learn to play the piano can you play Mozart’s 5th Symphony?
I don’t know much about music but, like, can you play a really epic da-la-la-lala pace? Of course you can’t. So when you get on a horse and it shies and it requires a total amount of shoulder control that you’re not actually equipped to handle yet, that’s fine. ‘Cause guess what? That horse is a gift and it’s gonna teach you. So, how d’you control the shoulder? It’s all about filling up that side. So in halt, if you’ve got a horse that scares you, all you want to do is walk and veer over, good. And walk, and veer over. And do it away from what scares you. To start teaching you, that’ll give you some faith and confidence that you have got this. Now to answer the actual question which was, what do I do if I’m shy and the horse isn’t, so in fact, you’re looking at H but your horse isn’t looking at H, you’ve got to be ahead of the movement. So, anyone who’s scared in their riding is focusing on the past or if they’re very lucky, the present but they’re not thinking about the future. If you’re shying, you’re thinking about the past.
I had a horse that shied at the fire hydrant, I really hope this horse doesn’t shy on the fire hydrant. I’m going, I wonder what exercise or transition or movement I’m gonna do over at M. I wonder at C if I should slow down the walk or make it faster, I wonder if I should ask for bend or do a bit of counter-flexion or what should I do to get the horse more supple in through within me? All those questions is what I’m thinking about because I’m thinking about the future, I’m thinking about how to make the horse go how I want it to in the future. The past happened, I can’t influence it, and the present has already gone by the time you’ve thought of it. So thank you so much for your question, what I urge you to do is, so one of my basic, basic riding mindset systems that I have, like I have, think it’s 14 rider mindset things that you have to master. One of them is no past, no future.
When you ride, I’ve just talked about the future. But I mean no past, no future, I’m not worried about when I come to the fire hydrant again he’s gonna spook. I’m not worried about that. I’m just in the present moment making this stride as good as I can and the future thinking about what I need to prepare for but not in the, what if my horse does this, that, or the other? So, trust that helps, remember I have an awesome, epic, fearless web class, totally free for you that you can go check out, if it’s something that you wanna learn about how to have more confidence and overcome your fears in your riding this year. It’s totally free, go check it out, I’ll see you guys next week, bye!