This is the sort of task that one does not take lightly. The art of reeducating a horse consists of erasing old memories and replacing them with new ones. Of course, this is a very long and arduous task to take on as the job is double that of raising a colt and training him. One must start by taking the opposition reflexes that this animal has and replacing them with new ones – acceptance reflexes.
To start off with, gaining the horse’s trust is the first step. Once that is done, the next step is to deconstruct perverse mechanisms that were made by another person (or people) beforehand. Afterwards, there are the new abilities to build over the old ones. This can take a very long time, and although it is arduous to say the least, it is an extremely rewarding experience. Those that wish to embark on this journey need to remember three important rules: discipline, perseverance, and an outrageous hatred for quitting. This is a relationship that must succeed as, since this horse needs to be retrained, the previous owner failed and abandoned it. This is not the sort of experience that anyone should make an animal suffer through twice. However, the result is undeniable: the horse will become loyal and perhaps, affectionate.
Doing this cannot be improvised. Although several embark on such journeys without training, this must not be taken lightly. Most people who are serious and have an inquisitive mind can succeed in becoming a horse re-educator, and a competent one at that, but added training is highly recommended. Ethological riding is the answer. Some expertise can only be learned from an expert, and although reading about it is of a great help, it does not replace the training received for you and your horse. However, when choosing a school, choose wisely; as for any other field, every institution has its advantages, disadvantages and reputations.
If this sort of journey seems much too large to embark on, separation may actually be the wisest choice. Same goes if there is a lack of compatibility. The main reason for this is the possibility of lack of trust from the horse, which may very well lead to a deteriorating relationship instead of a one of improvement. Just remember: there is no shame in being honest with yourself and giving the horse to someone more qualified.
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