Expert Author Val Heart

Are you struggling with a behavior or training problem with your Trakehner? Trakehner horses are spirited, gifted, intelligent athletes. But if you get on the wrong side of your sport horse, regardless of their breed, then things can go bad in a hurry.

If any of these scenarios feel familiar, then you've got a real problem on your hands that may not be easily or quickly resolved through normal training methods or approaches.

* Does your Trakehner horse spook, act skittish or nervous in hand or under saddle?
* Is your horse so heavy in your hands that you think your arms are going to fall off?
* Do they stoically refuse to go forward... or run away with you once they get going?
* Does your Trakehner dressage horse race along with their nose in the air and a hollow back, consistently evading the bit and your hands?
* Does your horse bite or nip at you (or others), or run away when you approach?
* Does your horse kick out, rear up, or strike out at you or others?
* Does your horse refuse to load (or unload) safely in a horse trailer?
* Do they hold their head so high you can't bridle or halter them?
* Does your horse constantly swish their tail or pin their ears under saddle?

If your horse does any of these things, then this is the perfect time to discover why -- by asking your horse directly. The answers may surprise and entertain you, and will always help you grow dramatically in your horsemanship.

Animal communicators are gifted with ability to have an in depth conversation with any animal, including horses. And after working with horses for most of my life and communicating with them professionally for almost 20 years, I've discovered that what the horse owner, rider or trainer thinks is going on is rarely the truth, from the horse's viewpoint.

If you miss the boat on this one, then you will spend a lot of wasted energy, time and money going in the wrong direction in a hurry. You can even wind up being hurt - or your expensive Trakehner can lose their health, their willingness to work with you (their goodwill) or their home... and in the worst cases, lose their life.

What Do You Do With A Horse Who Won't Take Direction?

Most often the trainer or rider blames the horse for the problem, thinking they are just being obnoxious or don't want to perform. They rarely think about their horse experiencing an emotional, mental or physical problem.

Don't blame your horse for their behavior or training problems, or the inability to master a skill. It is time for you to assess what you may be doing wrong and make the appropriate changes to rebalance your relationship.

Your horse knows why they are behaving the way they are and it makes perfect sense to them. Poor communication is at the root of most every issue... and communication is always the key to resolving things.

If you want to have a happy healthy horse who is delighted to see you and work with you, then start here before doing anything else.

Your best horse trainer and riding instructor is not your trainer! It's your horse!

Who knows better than them what is working or not? What hurts or is confusing, and why?

It is the rider and trainer's responsibility to learn to communicate effectively so your horse understands what is being asked of them and can perform to their best with a willing and happy heart.

Take a moment to open your own mind and heart. Take the time to connect and really listen to them; honor what your horse has been trying to tell you; experience what it is like to be them; learn from their viewpoint; and, invite their feedback or suggestions on how they think you can improve your riding and relationship.

You can get what you need to know straight from your horses' mouth! Communicating with your horse to resolve behavior or training problems will ultimately and quickly strengthen the bond between you and your horse. Instead of fighting with a nightmare, you can begin to enjoy the horse of your dreams.



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