“I was just brushing her and then she bit me, I never saw it coming!”
Has your horse ever had a reaction that seemed completely unprompted? You were not expecting it, were not prepared for it, and then all of a sudden… it happened. They bucked, bolted, bit, or some other extreme behavior.
Some times these reactions really do happen spontaneously. A deer jumps out of the woods, or a jogger rounds the corner on the trail in front of you and your horse has an instant startled reaction. But many times, there is warning, and these responses start in a much more subtle way than most people notice.
The terms “fight, flight, or freeze” describe the fear response and are typically thought of in their most obvious expression. However, these reactions occur on a spectrum and when we understand what they look like at both sides of that spectrum, we can better understand our horses and prevent those extreme reactions.
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