Have you ever been working with your horse and something just doesn’t seen right? Have you ever thought about the mood you were in when working with your horse? There is a connection between your mood and your horse’s behavior.
Think of your horse as a child, when you give positive reinforcement the child responds. On the other side, give your child negative reinforcement and they sulk off and don’t listen. The type of reinforcement you give your horse is very instrumental in how they respond to any training you are doing.
Now let’s look at the type of person that you yourself are. If you have a short temper, the horse will not want to be around you. If you have all the patience in the world, the horse will want to be around you and will try just about anything you want. Most people know what type of person they are and the type of moods they are in. Below are a few ways that I handle my moods and get the most out of my time with my horse.
When I’m in a bad mood, I clean the stall before I work with my horse. That way I can vent my anger through work first. I find that hard work puts me in a better mood. Don’t want to clean that stall, try sweeping the barn first, dragging the arena or going for a walk or jog. Also, if there is a dog and cat boarding and training, you should also give your horse some activities.
Are you short tempered today? No one can talk to you without feeling your wrath. Well, your horse is going to feel it too if you decide to work with it. These are days that I try to just stay away from my horse. If you have to work with your horse on these days, try to do something you really like first. Or make it a pampering day for your horse. Give your horse a bath; clip your horse or anything else that you horse likes.
Have you been crying and you feel like you have no one to talk to? Well, your horse is excellent to talk to. Your horse doesn’t talk back, isn’t it wonderful. In my experience, your horse will try to lend comfort in some way. Oftentimes your horse will try to play with you during these times and will make you feel better.
Nervous, not sure you can take the next step with your horse? Take a couple of deep breathes. You are not the only person that has felt this way nor will you be the last. We all overcome our fears in different ways. A couple of thing that I do is stretch, take deep breaths, and focus my mind on the task I am doing.
No matter what you feel like today, take the steps to make your mood better. You and your horse will have a much more successful ride.