Dealing with behaviour problems can then be a daunting process and many owners will admit that they really don't know where to start.
This is understandable given the amount of varied and sometimes incorrect information in books, magazines and on the internet.
Horses find certain situations difficult to cope with and this is often where behavioural problems originate from. Aversive training, adapting to a new home, losing a companion or recovering from an injury or illness are typical examples of when a horse will feel confused and often frightened.
Traumatic experiences from the past may leave painful memories that continue to influence the horsel throughout its life. Alternatively there could be something in the horse's immediate environment that it finds disturbing and unable to deal with,
You may recognise signs of hyperactivity or anxiousness or maybe your horse is overly quiet and unresponsive.
Maybe they have started to become aggressive in certain situations or even becoming more defensive over particular resources.
These behaviours are all symptoms of specific underlying causes and should be addressed rather allowing them escalate into bigger problems that then become difficult to manage or change.
Changes in behaviour can be a result of illness or disease and should be addressed as a priority.