by Nik P April 23, 2021
If you’re dealing with a difficult horse, it can be easy to feel a bit in over your head. Thankfully, you have the option of hiring an equine behaviourist to assist with behavioural training for your horse. Continue reading to learn more.
What Is An Equine Behaviorist?
Horse behaviourists are trainers who specialize in working with horses to improve their behaviour and habits. If a horse exhibits behaviour that may be troublesome or dangerous to both humans and horses, it may be best to elicit the assistance of an equine behaviourist.
He or she will work to discover the root of the problem, then work to eliminate the behaviour with the horse.
Once the horse has been rehabilitated, the behaviourist will bring the owner into the equation and assist them in achieving understanding with the horse.
They will help the owner understand how to continue to enforce what the horse has learned.
When Should I Hire An Equine Behaviourist?
Below are some examples of horse behaviour problems that usually require the assistance of a professional:
- Eating disorders
- Stall pacing
- Fears and phobias
Each horse is different, with different experiences and life factors. If your horse struggles with any of the above behaviour issues, you may find that hiring an equine behaviourist can help immensely with rehabilitating them.
What To Expect
In most cases, equine behaviourists request that the horse be trailered to their property in order to ensure that they can dedicate their full time and attention to their rehabilitation and training.
If this is something that you are not able to do, or if the issue at hand is that your horse refuses to trailer, it’s very likely that your equine behaviourist will come to you.
It’s common for the trainer to ask the owner to take a step back from contact with the horse until the root of the problem has been discovered and training is able to take place.
Some owners may feel a bit nervous about leaving their horse in the complete care of someone else, but no worries; this allows the behaviourist to work one-on-one with the horse without the distraction of the owner’s presence or impact on the horse.
Sometimes, the bond that the horse shares with its owner may cause it to become distracted.
Also, if the issue at hand is that the horse is a bit spoiled, he or she may feel that they can continue to carry out the behaviour in the presence of their owner; who has always allowed it to continue before.
Once the trainer feels that the horse has been trained and rehabilitated, the owner will then be updated on what has been achieved, and how to continue to train the horse.
Moving forward with the information you’ve learned here, you’ll have a better understanding of what to expect with the use of an equine behaviourist.
Remember that every horse is different, and while you may feel that your situation is hopeless, equine behaviourists are extremely talented professionals who can often help even the direst situations.