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How can I get my horse to stop eating while we are on a trail?

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My horse likes to eat from the shrubs around us while we are on the trail. What can I do to get her to stop?
asked Aug 7, 2013 in Horse Behavior by anonymous
edited Aug 7, 2013 by mamairis

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You don't want her to stop entirely, you just want her to eat with your permission. Allow your horse some grazing time before riding. If she still persists on the trail, try this. Let her munch, but then using a kissing sound, tap her hindquarters, becoming firmer until she lifts her head. Stop tapping immediately and give kissing sounds with petting. She learn to associate something pleasant when she stops grazing. It takes patience and being consistent. But your horse will eventually learn she can't stop to eat without your permission.
answered Aug 15, 2013 by (36,420 points)