Nine nap­ping fixes

Ja­son Webb’s so­lu­tions

Your Horse (UK) - - Contents -

1 ARE YOU READY TO TACKLE THE IS­SUE?

If you have a nappy horse, it’s im­por­tant to be men­tally pre­pared to man­age the prob­lem. Make sure you break the prob­lem down by ask­ing your­self a few ques­tions. What do you think is caus­ing this be­haviour? Nine out of 10 times there’s a log­i­cal ex­pla­na­tion but you might need to look at it from a horse’s point of view to un­der­stand what’s go­ing on. Can you man­age your horse’s di­rec­tion ef­fec­tively? When was the last time you asked your horse to make an ef­fort? For ex­am­ple, this could be push­ing your horse into a can­ter. Are you mak­ing the right thing hard and the wrong thing easy? Nag­ging and be­ing in­con­sis­tent with your aids is a main con­trib­u­tor to nap­ping. Can you con­trol your thoughts so you think, ‘I will do this and not ‘what if’. Hav­ing a plan keeps you fo­cused.

Be­ing clear and con­fi­dent with your aids can pre­vent nap­ping

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