Just about any person who handles horses is in some form a trainer. Horses learn from people whatever they teach them, be it good or bad.
If your horse develops bad habits, it's usually 1 of 2 things. Either there is a physical, emotional issue that needs to be addressed by a vet or You're doing something to teach the horse the habit. Oooh did I step on some toes with that one? If you just cringed, then perhaps you need to look at what you're doing to cause your horse to throw its head, rear, buck, back away, shy, be fearful etc.
Horses while a strong, amazing, animals, they are sensitive & fragile. Horses respond by pressure. The more you use, the more the horse responds & if you put enough pressure on the horse, it will push it into its Fight or Flight mode.
If you buy a horse & it comes with problems, be prepared to take longer to un-train the bad behaviors & re-train the good ones. A fresh horse that is young & hasn't had much more than halter-leading training, you pretty much have a clean slate & can train it the way you want. However, if you train it for only a few things & decide later to sell, you might have a smaller chance of finding someone to buy it because of its limited training.
Deciding ahead of time how much work you're willing & able to put into a horse will give you an idea of how far you can take the horse in its training & how valuable it will be later on when you're done.
While I mentioned in the beginning that virtually anyone who handles horses is a trainer of sorts, it doesn't mean that everyone CAN train horses. There are good trainers & bad trainers. You can tell the difference by how they handle their horses & how the horses react to that trainer. Should you decide to take your horse to a trainer or hire one out, do your homework & use your detective skills to find the best one for the job.
If you're a beginner in the horse world, learn all you can about how to handle your horse in the quietest manner possible. Learn how to use the pressure & release & pay attention to how your horse responds. Learn why people use cues, both verbal & with a crop & some who don't use anything but their body to create pressure & when to release it.
From handlers, to groomers, to riders... we all train our horses, sometimes without even knowing it.
If you are new to training, take things slow & only teach 1 thing at a time. Building a foundation will help your horse excel & not backslide. Don't move on something new for at least a week even if it's something simple, but during your training sessions, don't over do it either. Do it 5 times right, then quit & rest. Let it sink into your horses mind what he just did. Let him "chew" on it for a bit. You want your horse to make these new things a good habit. If you do it more than a total of 10-15 times, your horse may become bored & become disrespectful or he may even do what you don't want him to do.
If training seems to be over your head, or you're unsure how to begin or where to start, find yourself a good trainer. Ask questions, do research, read books or find articles online. There is a ton of information out there for you to soak up if you so desire.
There are no bad horses.... horses learn from people & it would be great if everyone learned from horses, then maybe there wouldn't be any "bad" horses.
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