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hello Lyn, my riding instructor told me to pat the horse neck so that she would slow down from fast trot. may I know how come horses slow down received a pat from riders?

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Rohit,

A pat on the neck is usually an acknowledgement of a positive response from the horse.  I don't know about patting her on the neck to get her to slow down.  That would be a matter of training.  Anytime I get a correct response when I ask my horse to do something I reward her with a pat.

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

Expertise

Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

Experience

Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

Organizations
American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

Publications
Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

Education/Credentials
Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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