Isn’t the worst feeling when someone takes the anger out on you when it wasn’t your fault at all, you’re totally innocent, yet they still get mad? I sure hate it. How do you think you’re making the horse feel when you fill the happiness with negativity and anger. Horses can feel anger and they can react according to it. But if you go in with a positive mind, you can accomplish so much more. When you take your anger out on them , you can give them mixed signals when trying to teach them. That can make them angry. You want to have an open mind around them and be pleased when they do something good. That can change your mood. Horses are there because we enjoy riding them, learning from them, and teaching them, not getting angry at them and feeling as if you want to give up. I have done this before where i’m already in a bad mood, and then major (my horse) will do something and I get so mad I want to cry and give up but i know that i have to put my problems aside. If you put your problems and negative emotions aside and clear your mind, you can really enjoy the time you’re with your horse and you two can become an even stronger duo. Put your problems aside, take a deep breath, and let go of what the horse may have done. when training, you need to let go of the things they did and act like it never happened because if you hold a grudge, it won’t do either of you any good. Positivity around horses, and just in life is a vital characteristic to have in order to really be truly happy. A lesson I learned from Clinton Anderson is that; a horse rider gets angry because they don't know what to do, so in that situation, move your horses' feet; forwards, backwards, left, and right.
“You and your horse. His strength and beauty. Your knowledge and patience and determination and understanding and love. That's what fuses the two of you onto this marvelous partnership that makes you wonder... 'What can heaven offer any better then what I have here on earth?' "
~ Monica Dickens
Author: Kaylee Sutton