Prevent Job Sourness!

Prevent Job Sourness!

We previously touched on this in the Performance Horses article. Just like us, horses can get bored and develop a bad attitude (sourness) when we ask them to do an activity repeatedly with no variation. For example… in training, once my horse learns the concept of what I’m teaching, I always move to something different for a few minutes then come back to the main lesson. This seems to clear their mind a little and they re-approach the lesson better.

With performance horses, especially with speed events, I believe it is even more critical to provide your horse with a variety of different jobs, preferably a job that is totally different! If you ride speed events, take your horse slowly through an obstacle course or trail rides. If you primarily just ride trails, take your horse in the arena a lope a barrel pattern every now and then. For me, mounted shooting is my fun activity. Since this is a speed event, I take my horses out and work some cows or enter some obstacle events.

Remember, a bored horse is not a happy horse! Try to keep as much variety in your activities as possible and I think you’ll have a better partner that will appreciate it!

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Try to keep as much variety in your activities as possible and I think you’ll have a better partner that will appreciate it!