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The Confident Horse

February 2018 by Kate Fenner, BEqSc (Hons), Kandoo Equine,

We talk a lot about confident riders, about losing our own confidence with horses and about strategies to re-gain confidence, but what about the horse’s confidence? Surely that’s just as important. After all, our horse is the other half of the partnership.

What is confidence?

For riders, confidence is about knowing what might happen next. We talked about this in more detail in the previous article ‘Skyrocket your Confidence’, so, if you missed it, go to: 

Does our horse understand and obey our cues? If something unexpected happens, will our horse spook or bolt?