What happens when you push a horse too far?

Learning Horses Archive on May 19, 2007, 0:39

I think horses are awfully patient. As riders and owners we don't speak their language, they allow us to ride them even though we are predators and we all know of horses who have acted totally different with children rather than adults.

But what happens when you push a horse too far? Well, there is worse case scenario when we ask for an unachievable jump or impossible distances and we push them physically so they are no longer sound. But I was thinking more in terms of pushing them mentally and the trust barrier.

In the book 'Dressage in