Take a look at my new site for more musings about equine training and behaviour. I hope to keep this one as my personal training diary.
I haven’t done much with Mojo recently but he did get a bit cross the other day when I took him out of the field whilst the others horses had been fed, he thought he wasn’t getting anything. So the RAGE system kicked in and he was a bit tense, of course he got his food when got to the yard and I left him in his stable eating hay for a while until he settled down. Mojo’s emotions are often very subtle and I may have missed them a few years ago – before I studied equine behaviour and neuroscience.
So it does pay to learn as much as we can about our individual horses and learn to observe those, often very subtle signs, of discomfort.
Take a look at the Positively Equine site as it has articles on learning theory and the core emotional systems all mammals share.