Soothe the nervous horse
Great day, there is not a cloud in the sky, and you are going for a horse ride. You have planned it for quite a while and are looking forward to meeting new places.
Unfortunately, your horse is concerned. Even during the cleaning and saddling she showed signs of nervousness, and now, when you sit in the saddle, you can literally feel her anxiety through the excuse, as she nibbles iron hard, and with her whole body, because she begins to dance on the spot. It seems that you are sitting on a bomb that is about to explode.
A tense, nervous horse can spoil all the joy of a walk. It’s impossible to relax and enjoy it when your horse is annoyed and you are worried that she will goat, sparkle, spin in place, tremble or rush in all paces, try to hit other horses … You start to worry about your own safety …
“There is a big difference between a horse that is agitated or tense and scared by a horse,” said outstanding trainer Linda Tellington-Jones. – A tense horse often fears contact with the mouth, sides or abdomen and over-reacts to the schenkel. She may be afraid of touching any point of the body and straining the abdominal muscles. Tense, restless horses, as a rule, show their anxiety all the time, unlike a frightened horse that “explodes” suddenly, or from a “playing” horse. Sitting on a restless horse, you can inadvertently worsen its condition. So, You can start using controls in a “defensive” manner, picking up a shorter reason. However, when you tighten the reason, you create additional tension in the horse’s neck and cause it to lift its head. And this, in turn, can switch the horse also in cohod “mode. Additional stress affects the horse’s breathing and can create additional problems, because the horse becomes enslaved. Its tense muscles interfere with normal blood flow and, therefore, oxygenation of the brain, the horse ceases to think clearly. Neuro-impulses are blocked, which makes it less able to feel my limbs. ”
The solution is to teach the horse to find its own psychological, physical and emotional balance. This can be done using Tellington TTouches (a form of work with the horse’s body when you do a lot of circular movements, upward movements and glides with finger pads or palms), Tellington exercises in your hands and work under the saddle.
Below will be described three TTouch and one exercise in the hands / under the saddle, designed to calm the nervous horse.
This TTouch is great for relieving muscle tension in the back and increasing blood flow. It relaxes the nervous horse, increases its confidence and awareness of the body, helps to “eliminate” the reflex of the flight.
Key points: legs, back, inner thighs.
How to perform: start at the top of the horse’s shoulder. Put your hands on both sides of your leg. Start driving with “two-way pressure.” (Below we will clarify exactly what pressure should be applied).
Make a circle and a quarter of a circle with one hand, then pull the skin up with both hands with enough contact so that your hands do not slip over the horse’s skin. Hold the position of the hands for a few seconds until the skin slowly returns to its normal position.
Note. Your touches simply stretch the skin upwards, increasing circulation and minimizing the effect of gravity on these few moments.
Move your hands a few centimeters and repeat the circle and climb. Work from the top of the foot to the bottom. If the horse removes the foot from the touch, you squeeze too much or too much pull the skin.
The TTouch got its name thanks to long, smooth sliding movements from the middle of the abdomen to the middle of the back. Touching improves your horse’s flexibility, coordination, and helps soothe a tense or “scared horse” that doesn’t like putting pressure on its legs.
Key points: body.
How to do: To calm a tense horse, use a flat palm, as curved fingers stimulate and activate. Stand at the cinch area. Put one hand on the horse’s back and the other on the midline of the abdomen, right behind the elbow.
Use your lower hand to grow your hair in a long, soft, continuous motion. When you get close to the middle of the abdomen, turn your hand so that your fingers point upwards, towards the upper line of the horse.
Continue upward smoothly until you reach the center of your horse’s topline. Complete the movement when you cross the spine.
Start the next movement at the distance of the palm from the place of the beginning of the first (about 10 cm) – so you will move from the elbow to the groin.
Try applying different pressure and speed on both sides of the horse.