So many times we are riding and trying to accomplish something and totally forget that the horse needs a pat on the neck once and awhile. If the horse acts sour, it’s probably for a good reason. Reward for the small stuff if you are having a problem with the big stuff. Your horse is dropping a shoulder? OK, ask him to stop, and if he stops on a dime, reward time!
I’ve seen horses that don’t actually like their riders. The riders were always picking at the horse and never rewarded them for good behavior. It’s sad because what rider doesn’t love horses? If they didn’t they wouldn’t ride. It was just some miscommunication on the riders part.
So just remember when you’re stressing out or fighting with your horse to praise him for his small accomplishments. A pat on the neck is all it takes. Don’t feed a treat, pat the horse. Dogs are not the only animals who like to be petted and patted. They don’t really care where the food comes from they’ll take it from anybody, but a good pat on the neck from a trusted friend for a job well done is a real connection.