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De-Spooking...

Many horses are spooky and it starts to become a worry for the owner whilst handling and riding their horse. Horses have personalities just like people and some are worriers and some are brave and inquisitive.

De-spooking exercises help horses that have the higher sense of flight response behaviour where the right side of the brain takes over. Introducing left brain exercises such as lateral work and labyrinths help release endorphins creating a calmer horse.

It is also very important to have control of your horse laterally so that if your horse is worried about passing an object you can control him laterally to be able to get him past.

Desensitisation to spooky objects is used for de-spooking a horse. Plastic bags, tarpaulins and umbrellas are a few examples of objects that can be used but the list is endless.

 

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