Things You Should Know to Understand Your Horse Behavior and Physical Condition (part 2)

Horse Behavior – Memory and Learning Ability

It is considered that horses have memories the second only after elephants, so a well-trained horse never forgets its training, nor does a badly-trained one. Due to this, badly-trained horse behavior needs to be recognized and corrected soon to avoid later problems.

Unlike humans, horses can nor rationalized but learn from experience. Horses tend to repeat behavior that brings a favorable response as well as avoid behavior that evokes a response from the handler or rider. They learn through a series of repetition, reward, and correction.

Remember that because they have no reasoning power, horses are unable to connect a reward or correction given several minutes after an action. If a rider or handler quick to reward a job well done with an encouraging word or a pat, the horse will associate that action with an enjoyable sensation.

If it is necessary to correct the horse, correction must immediately follow the action so that the horse can understand clearly what the rider is punishing it for.

Horse Behavior – Hearing and Smelling

The senses of hearing and smelling of horse are both well developed, which enables them to be aware of differences in its environment. A lot of horses get unsettled on windy days, perhaps because they cannot hear or smell as well due to the rush of the wind passed ears and nostrils. They cannot pick up all the usual sounds and smells, and they can hear and smell many things that are unfamiliar.

Some loud noises may even be painful to the horse, and continual exposure to them can result in deafness. On the other hand, because a horse relies heavily on its sense of hearing, it will respond well to a gentle, calm tone of voice. Horse behavior depend on the smelling and hearing power of your horse.

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