Training Horses with Bad Attitudes

Equestrian enthusiasts are exactly that, enthusiastic about horses- all horses. Ideally, when starting, you would select a happy horse- ready for learning. However, life does not always take us down the roads we planned. You may meet a horse that needs a home, or a stubborn horse that trainers refused. When you love horses, it is almost impossible to walk away from any color, breed, or history. So what can you do with a horse that has a bad attitude; can you even train such a horse? The answer is yes, as long as you have a few tricks up your sleeve!


This may seem obvious, but immediately seek veterinary attention. Equine ligaments and tendons differ from humans and can tear and heal improperly. Situations like this can go overlooked if the horse does not make a huge fuss about the leg- but it could be causing the foul mood and laziness. Check to ensure your horse is in ideal health before expecting the mood to improve


Make sure you know how to fit accessories like bridles and saddles properly. Placing a horse in the wrong size causes extreme discomfort, and may be the sole culprit of your horse’s “tude”. Additionally, ensure that you have enough leg protection for your horse. Many enthusiasts will opt out of the leg protection, without realizing their importance. Some horses kick themselves when they walk, and long excursions without protection can exacerbate small aches.


Excessive amounts of grain causes certain breeds to get hyperactive. Not every horse needs to avoid grain, but change up the diet. When you give your horse options, you avoid the risk of giving your horse too much energy. Research recipes and ingredients for meals you think would benefit your horse, and move forward with trial and error. Eventually you will find the perfect meal for your horse.

The most important task you have is to assess the horse’s previous routine. What is your equestrian friend used to eating and doing every day? Everything from disciplinary action to meals affects the way your horse behaves, so try to pinpoint every part of your horse’s schedule before looking at the cause of the behavior.

After some time to adjust, your horse will appreciate the care and positive change you have brought to his life and the relationship will flourish.