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Solving Problem Behavior
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  1. lauren

    my horse reers up in the air to extreme please how can I solve this

    • admin

      I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again. There are no ‘horse problems’, only ‘people problems’. If your horse is rearing, no matter what the cause, this is simply a symptom of a problem. The horse has at one point and time, encountered an issue that it figured out rearing could fix. In most cases, easing up on hand pressure and the strength of bit, will work wonders. Also, ask yourself WHY the horse is behaving the way it is, and figure out how to give it a logical way to behave, besides acting out. Watch your own stress/fear level, because the horse will feed off this as well. For more detailed response, please help me understand more detail of the horse’s history and behavior.


    • JohnBeede

      Watch our video on how to rememdy rearing. It covers all your bases! This is a dangerous habit for you and your horse. If you don’t feel comfortable helping your horse through this, seek professional help. This isn’t a problem you should attempt to solve if you’re a beginner trainer.

      Good luck,


  2. KATHY V

    Have you tried a bit-less Hackamore with him?

  3. Jackie J

    I have a yearling thorobred stud colt that I’ve been breaking to lead. He is extremely herd bound and I have him in a stall with a open area but separated from other horses for about 3 weeks now. In the barn he is perfect. Once I open the barn doors and try to take him out to the round pen he becomes extremely anxious and completely unmanageable. He holds his head hi and will buck and kick, run directly at me, you name it for bad behavior he does it. I’m frustrated and in 30+ years of training can’t seem to find his nitch. He was traumatized as a foal when the owner tried to halter him at about 6 months by using a lariat and took him to the ground before getting a halter on him; so he was scared of everything. I don’t have a problem with the halter or putting a lead rope on him in his stall or inside the barn and he is comfortable and well behaved until he see’s another horse. He likes grooming does everything right until the barn doors open. Taking into consideration he is a stud and the owner wants him to remain a stud, I’m trying to figure out my next step with him. Thank you.

  4. JANIE C

    I have a horse that does not go forward with impulsion, he gets behind the leg or sets himself like a steel rod and retaliates to the use of the whip or spurs by bucking vicously. When we approach the school he literally blows down like a tyre, you can hear him that how bad he gets, he is extremely talented and clever!

    • JohnBeede

      Are you talking about on the ground or in the saddle? I’d go back to the very basics of establishing trust and respect with him. All horses speak the same language, we just have to figure out how to ask them correctly. :)


  5. Gale M

    I have a grade Tennessee Walker horse. She is VERY tall and strong and will not be tied. She will set back on any tie and bust any lead rope. If I tie her loose, she will set back until she is free.I have tried “no-pull” halters (which she will pull on to the point of making me think she’s going to damage her poll) and those ties that slip (which she will pull the lead rope completely out of and go free). When I ask her to yield her head down, she complies nicely…as long as there isn’t something she doesn’t want to do…like accept a bit or wormer. As soon as she doesn’t “want” to do it, she will lift you right off the ground into the air (and I’m not a lightweight). Do you know anything about the Sierra halter? I’m considering it, but I really don’t understand how to use it properly and hesitate to spend another $80 on a product of dubious effectiveness.

    • JohnBeede

      Hi Gale!

      Thanks for writing in. This is a GREAT question! First things first, I always ask myself WHY a horse is acting the way they are. Pulling back is an extremely dangerous habit for the horse and handler and is usually based in fear. Once established, it’s very hard to break. Buying more tools will not eliminate the issue. I don’t know anything about the Sierra halter, but I do know that the behavior needs to be addressed through training and not through some magic do-dad full of promises.

      Have you ever tried any all-natural calming products? In my opinion, this would be a good place to start. Focusing directly on alleviating this issue while she’s in a calmer state of mind might be beneficial. When she’s triggered into this response by the stimulus of tying, the reaction sounds to be explosive and predictable. There are a few that I recommend, including Stay Calm by Silver Lining Herbs. It is going to help her to feel more safe and calm. I NEVER condone drug use of any kind, but natural supplementation can allow the horse to ‘get over the fear hump’ so to speak and respond more appropriately to stimulus. Supplement, then get to work re-training this behavior out of her.

      First, I would attempt to teach her to ground tie. There are many good articles available on teaching this to your horse. You can find them through our products or elsewhere online. Ground tying is a good option for a horse who can’t tie solidly. It creates more of a safe space for the animal, and allows them to feel less contained or fearful. Have you tried a bike tire inner tube? Tying her solid to an inner tube that is solidly applied to a post or tie ring and then allowing her to fight it till she understands it’s not going to give is a good way to get her to understand the pressure won’t give (remember release of pressure equals reward in equine speak). The inner tube allows her to feel less trapped and more in control.

      It definitely sounds like there’s some herd hierarchy behavioral issues as well, from your description of disrespect when there is a task she ‘doesn’t want to do’. I’d recommend establishing more respect between the two of you before you try the ground tying or the inner tube. This fundamental communication needs to happen. She has to respect you, and more importantly TRUST that you won’t allow her to be hurt by tying her.

      If all of this fails, your safest option may be to create an environment where she doesn’t need to be tied solidly.
      Hope this helps!


  6. vicky k

    im not sure how to solve: charging me in the field and chasing me out of the stall

    • Annabelle Cabella

      Aggressive behavior in horses is not something to take lightly. It’s critical that someone who has the knowledge to deal with this type of behavior works with the animal immediately, before the habits are solidified more deeply. It is always an issue of herd hierarchy and the animal believing it is higher up in the pecking order than you. Work with someone who is willing to help you with shifts in behavior in addition to the horse. Remember, horses never lie. Stay safe!!


  7. sarah h

    I have a rescue race horse was nice when we first got her but has recently gone through a fence and has hurt herself pretty bad, the vet had to sedate her to stitch her up and since then she’s rather nasty we try to go near her she put s her ears back and threatens to kick. Once we have her we can pat her. Now as we gonear her leg to clean it up she puts her ears back and strikes out please help

  8. Tracy. A

    I am a new rider and owner. Turns out my 8yr old thoroughbred mare is a shyer—-pretty much predictably unpredictable. We ride only in an indoor arena and while for 7 months I “handled” her hops or bitty jumps to the left or right when she got “scared” this past dec. she bucked me off. I ended up with a broken wrist! ( Or as my riding instructor said–she jumped out of her shoes.)

    Have been doing some ground work–this is ohio—no round pen these last few months. Hopefully in a month I will physically be ready to ride but–

    So did her fears—of everything—-escalate —or did she have one really stupid day.
    I started her on “mare magic” supplement–hoping to settle her a bit—she is always on hi-alert!
    Thanks for –listening–

  9. Dale A

    I can’t get my horse to load in the trailer. Can you help with some ideas?


  10. Rebecca B

    That is my issue too! It is crazy to spend 1/2 trying to get a bit in my horse’s mouth, but once it’s in, she’s great.
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated!