People often say “but my horse doesn’t like having his head rubbed”. I know this is true in many cases. No horse likes having his head rubbed when he’s first handled. Every horse will be worried when your hand first comes near his head and ears.
If a horse doesn’t like having his head rubbed, it means that he’s not truly relaxed and confident. Some people never take the time to overcome this. Their horse never truly relaxes around people and always worries when a hand comes near his head and ears.
It’s up to us to teach our horses to accept a hand around their head and ears. Every horse will learn to enjoy having his head rubbed. It’s up to us to teach them.
After a couple of twenty minute lessons, each horse learns to relax with me and learns to enjoy having their head rubbed. This is the most important lesson you can teach any horse. Without this basic lesson, you don’t have anything to work with.
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