Do you ride out dreading what you might meet on the roads?
Or maybe you don’t ride out at all because your horse is scared of traffic?
Well, fear not – we have some solutions for you! Guest trainer, Melanie Watson, shows you how you can train your horse to be calm and relaxed around traffic.
This is a brilliant and really useful exercise – you’ll see Melanie work with trucks and tractors but you can repeat this exercise with push bikes, prams, quad bikes and cars (and to make it trickier turn the radio up, tie things behind it, have things flapping out the windows) to start wherever your horse is at.
Melanie runs a yard in the UK where she takes in ‘problem’ horses and young horses etc and trains them, along with their owner, using reward-based training. This is a fantastic place making big changes for lots of horses and helping their owners understand how to continue to use these techniques at home to get great results with happy horses.
Hannah spent a day filming with Melanie recently and here are some videos of the work she was doing with a mare who was frightened of traffic. This fear had increased to the point where she did not want to leave home at all, was showing extreme napping behaviour and both horse and rider had completely lost their confidence out on the roads.
Watch the traffic training video now:
UPDATE FROM MELANIE:
“Helen has gone back home now and I keep getting reports from her. Helen has become so confident now and is riding routes through villages which she has totally avoided for 2 years.
She has learned well and understands about making instant choices for Paisley and keeps up with high reward….as a result she even rides the main bus routes now.
No napping at all. No anger or going backwards anymore on all those routes which were formerly impossible.”
Good stuff, eh? 🙂
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