If you think your horse is a Steady Eddy, then you need to take a look at this video - this might be the most bombproof dressage horse ever!
It can be great to work with bombproof horses. They spook at virtually nothing, are incredibly reliable, and can be great confidence boosters if you're recovering from a recent fall or injury. But truly bombproof horses are few and far between, and their trusting nature is often the result of years and years of careful training.
That's why this dressage horse is so impressive. She performs a very unique routine in an arena packed with people. And let's not forget the fact that she's doing this with tarps, one of the scariest objects to most horses.
You truly need to watch this video to appreciate how special this horse is.
This video is an example of what great training and a strong relationship between horse and rider can achieve. Will Rogers, the rider, is known for his talent as a trainer and his ability to bring out the best in any horse. And as for the mare, Esmeralda? She proves just how much trust she places in her rider.
If you want to improve your horse's bombproofing, then be prepared to invest some serious time. You can desensitize a horse to an object, like a tarp, relatively quickly, but establishing a truly bombproof horse is an ongoing process.
To take new situations in stride, your horse has to trust you, and building that trust can take some time. Start off by doing some groundwork to strengthen your understanding of your horse and your horse's ability to read your body cues.
Exposing your horse to many different objects and situations will help to prepare him for situations you may encounter which are out of your control. Introducing your horse to items like umbrellas and baby carriages can help to teach him how to cope with scary objects. Just be sure not to overface your horse - presenting him with too much too fast will erode his confidence and possibly reduce his trust in you.
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