Training A Positively Playful Young Horse
—Susann Dye, Montrose Minnesota
A.Yes, in many cases in skilled hands, playfulness and a focus on interacting can be an advantage for training. You might do best consulting with a trainer—one with experience and skill working with young colts and stallions in a nonconfrontational style, incorporating good behavior modification practices. An experienced trainer can often very efficiently figure out how to best direct the particular animal’s interest and curious energy toward the task at hand.
One of the tricks to efficient behavior modification is to avoid any scolding, which to most stallions, some geldings, and even some mares essentially translates into play initiation gestures that inadvertently distract the horse from the task at hand and bring his or her energetic focus to the
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