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What’s Up With The Twitching

What's up with the twitching?

Now that you are done watching today’s videos, here is a reminder of what you are doing today:

Go out and halter your horse. Then take them to either a round pen or an arena. Then observe: what does your horse tend to do if you just stand there in front of them?  

Do they move? Are they twitching at all in the muzzle area? What was it like catching them? Were they easy to catch? When you led them to the place where you are standing, how did that go? Today, it is just an observation. 

This little exercise and the entire “flowchart” which is the next step, is where we are not ASKING anything of our horse (ok, you may have asked them to walk with you to the area you are going to work in, but once you get there, you are not going to ask for anything).  You are simply responding to what they do.  We are not training them. We are attuning to them. We are helping them feel better about themselves. But that is tomorrow. Today we are just observing so that when we watch the video explaining the Flowchart you will be armed with information about what you observed today.

A reminder of how to use this course: click on Mark Complete below and tomorrow you will move on to Step 14. 


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When I give my horse the time after a stressful situation to process (letting down) but the horse can not stand still – what would you do then? – the flowchart would be another thing that could be stressful.
Thanks Michelle

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) December 24, 2023 at 12:20 pm

Just follow the flowchart. If that is too stressful, Id go back to turning him loose and doing the creating connection through chnage in focus

My horse does a lot of lip movement, I am wondering if it is an extreme sort of twitching or is it simply a habit of his. I took a video to show you. Is there any way I can send the video to you?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 6, 2024 at 3:48 pm

You can email it if you like

Gena Welch-Booher avatar Gena Welch-Booher March 9, 2024 at 11:50 am

Is tension/harness of the chin also a good indicator of the state of their nervous system? Hard chin means… tension?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 9, 2024 at 1:32 pm

Yes, that is another thing to look at.

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