What can you do when your horse has too much get-up-and-go?
One dressage trainer offers some very practical advice in this piece from Practical Horseman magazine:
Direct Your High-Spirited Horse’s Excess Energy
California-based dressage trainer and rider Heather Robertson has had plenty of experience working with spirited horses. Most of this mileage came with young horses—her own and those she worked with during five years riding for 2010 World Cup dressage champion Edward Gal in the Netherlands. But the strategies she developed apply to horses of any age. This includes those who normally run hot and the “Steady Eddies” who find themselves with excess energy on a windy day or after a few days without exercise or turnout.
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Heather is often dismayed to see attempts to quash a horse’s energy or high spirits by over-longeing or punishment. She prefers the idea of positively directing that energy, even when there’s too much of it. This process starts, not on that brisk, gusty autumn day when your horse wants to buck and play, but long before.
Learn how to work through your horse’s spooking with Heather’s system. Download a PDF of the full article here: Direct Your Horse’s Excess Energy