Reactive horses are ones who react/respond to stimuli in an exaggerated way or “spook” easily. For instance, a reactive horse might hear a loud noise and exhibit nervous behaviour, neighing, bucking, or running. A horse that is not reactive might completely ignore the noise.
Some horses are reactive when they arrive at a new home and become less skittish as they become more comfortable with their surroundings. For some horses, being reactive is an innate personality trait and may not change without training and therapy. Reactive horses are not “bad” horses; they just need special attention when they become frightened.
Reactive horses are not necessarily difficult to handle. The key is to identify their “triggers” and try to avoid them. Also, you may be able to desensitize a horse to those triggers and help your animal friend react differently to the stimuli. You can avoid loud noises and try not to approach your horse too quickly, but other issues require additional attention, or special training.
When dealing with a reactive horse the most important thing to remember is to be patient, loving, and to show care even if you feel frustrated.
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