1. YES!!! I love this article because it is so true. Nonie used to be quite spooky out on trail rides, partially because I was pretty anxious about being outside of the sand box. As soon as I approach ‘scary’ things or situations with calmness and persistence and giving her the opportunity to have a good look at it the scariness diminished hugely.
    I have to admit that there is one area where I don’t give her enough consisntwcy and that is when I am leading her. I don’t 100% enforce walking at MY speed and not pushing in front of me. This means that in new environments or when someone is using a lunge whip she wants to take over on the ground. This totally makes sense in the context that she thinks she needs to be our leader!

    • Lindsey

      Wow, that is so neat! So she completely changed based on your confidence! I totally know what you mean about the leading thing. That’s my #1 forgetful boundary vice. With Chip, I totally let it slack because he’s not a pushy horse for the most part, but now that Rose is extra pushy, I’m trying to remember to enforce the walking behind me as soon as I take them out of their stalls. Thanks for reading, Andrea <3 <3 <3

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  3. This was so fascinating and it all makes a lot of sense. Particularly the bad behaviors, how if you let them go on too long, they’ll get worse and worse. But just snapping and setting rules at random is confusing (and harmful) to them. (I think that totally applies to babies too 😉) great, great post!!!

    • Lindsey

      Thank you so much, Brooks! Yes, I was wondering how much of this applies to parenting, too! I had a trainer who used to say that horses are basically 1,000-pound toddlers, ha!!

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