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Rebuilding Confidence

31/05/2017 by Tanja Mitton,

So many riders lose their confidence, due to a negative experience or their horse’s behavioural problems. We often look at what the horse did thad led to the rider’s loss of confidence, but have you ever thought of that your horse may have lost his or her confidence first?

We have to remember that horses are flight animals, which means that if they become scared or if something happens that threatens their survival, their instinct is to run away. The rider’s behaviour can easily become a trigger. For example, the horse sees something moving in the distance, and the rider’s response is to grab the reins and grip with the knees.