As horse owners, being able to identify signs of pain is crucial in protecting our equine partners. In this video, we challenge the common belief that horses misbehave and shed light on the underlying pain and discomfort they may experience.
Join us as we explore the fascinating connection between pain, behavior, and saddle fitting.
Pain is a multifaceted subject, and while the absence of pain in horses can never be fully guaranteed, it is our responsibility to develop the skill of recognizing pain-related cues. By debunking the notion that horses are intentionally misbehaving, we shift our focus to understanding their challenges and struggles. As the saying goes, your horse is not giving you a hard time, your horse is HAVING a hard time.
Negative behaviors and training issues often stem from pain, anxiety, or fear, both physiological and psychological in nature. By addressing the core problem of pain, we can witness remarkable improvements in behavior and performance.
Discover how a horse's reaction during stomach and rib grooming can provide insight into potential pain sources, including an ill-fitted girth, ulcers, or hidden trauma. Understanding that a horse shying away from the saddle is an association with discomfort rather than a dislike for riding is essential. Biting during girthing may indicate issues with girth size or shape, and a directional preference could signify saddle shifting and spine contact. We emphasize that every behavior has an explanation beyond mere training issues and is often connected to physical discomfort.
In our quest for better horse care and saddle fitting, it is our responsibility to listen to what our horses are trying to communicate. They lack the ability to deliberately create problems or plot against us; they simply react to pain. By acknowledging and addressing their physical and psychological needs, we foster a deeper connection and a more harmonious partnership.
Join us on this enlightening journey as we uncover the intricacies of pain in horses and its correlation to saddle fitting. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this video to help spread awareness and enhance horse welfare.
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