Browsing the web the other day I happened upon an article about Leadership Anxiety of the horse. Here are a few excerpts:
"horses who fret at being back in the pack usually have the boldness of natural leaders. Whenever riders in larger groups disregard the temperaments of their mounts and put the shrinking violets out front and hold the bold ones in back, the results are frayed nerves, spook after spook, and increasing irritability in group interactions."
"Force is no fix for this problem."
"A frustrated leader held back in the middle of a mass of other horses may become irrational and dangerous.
The article did offer a few suggestions for a solution.
Allowing a horse of that temperment to lead.
Using training strategies such as "leap frog" during training rides with the cooperation of 4-6 other riders. Leap frog being a perpetual changing of placement the entire ride. The rear horse boogies up front. As soon as that horse is in place the now rear horse boogies up front, and so on, and so on the entire ride. Meaning the horses placement is continually changing, but the order is not static long enough for the "frustrated leader" to get upset. At least that is the theory.
I do know that trying to rate Phebes is a huge headache. She rides so nicely alone or with one other horse. The pack situation is a training challenge. I'm trying to find a rational way to either eliminate the problem, or work "with" the horse I have. ~E.G.
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- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association