When you are concerned about your horse’s behaviour, perhaps not sure if any ‘challenging’ behaviour, misbehaviour or behaviour problems are due to pain, fear, discomfort e.g. from saddle or bit and bridle or just plain ‘naughtiness’, it can be hard to know where to turn for help. For some common signs of behaviour due to fear or pain, see Safety & Welfare page.
It can be very worrying if you feel that your horse is not happy and very frightening if you do not feel safe and confident handling or riding your horse due to undesirable behaviour.
You will find a great deal of information available on horse behaviour and solving horse behaviour problems on the internet and in magazines. Every horsy friend will have an opinion too – often each one different. You may have tried all sorts of things to solve your horse’s behaviour problem without success. You may have tried all sorts of training systems and found that some help a bit with some aspects of your horse’s behaviour but not all of it. Some may even have made your horse’s behaviour problem worse.
Not all horses and people are alike and not all training systems are appropriate for every horse. Different elements of your horse’s problem behaviour may be caused by different things and each will need to be treated differently. Tiny details in your horse’s routine and lifestyle can have a dramatic effect on how he or she behaves and simple misunderstandings between horses and people can be the root cause of many serious equine behaviour problems.
A Registered Equine Behaviour Consultant will investigate and explain your horses behaviour and will help find the solution that best suits you and your horse.