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Posted on Nov 8, 2018 in Articles

‘A Naughty Horse’

‘A Naughty Horse’

In the 32 years I’ve owned and trained horses I’ve come across lots of ‘naughty horses’ but what is a naughty horse?
In my view there is no such thing! Horses know few emotions, mostly love and fear, they don’t choose to misbehave, in my experience there’s always something at the cause of the behaviour.

laura fruit williams kissing spine and suspense damage

laura fruit williams – Horse had kissing spine and suspense damage

rachel tarbuck ulcers and sassy personality

Rachel Tarbuck – horse had ulcers and a sassy personality!

It’s sometimes hard to find the cause and would be far easier if they could talk to us, but listen to your horse – they can only tell you one way and that’s through their actions.
Pain can lead to the ‘naughty horse’ which is why it’s so important to have a great team around you – vet, physio/osteopath/chiropractor/sports massage etc, saddle fitter, farrier and trainer all working together to achieve the same goal.

As riders we know our horses, it’s so important to have a relationship with your horse- I joke I would marry mine if I could- but seriously I would!! This relationship enables you to know when there’s something not right.


An issue with the saddle

If you experience a ‘naughty horse’ look deeper, seek advice from other professionals and find a solution.
Having retrained many racehorses off the track (often branded naughty after racing) we find lots of underlying issues, it’s vital to get to the bottom of everything to give them a chance after racing.
Rehabilitation of horses following a diagnosis can be an emotional time. It’s often a lengthy process and requires a great team to ensure everything stays on track. We are very lucky to have all sorts of technology and equipment to help with the rehab process, what lots need is time, patience, consistency and dedication.
Find a team of professionals who will work together and listen to each other, but most of all get to really know your horse, then listen when he tells you

Wrote by Jo Titterton of MFC Equestrian


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