Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training/defecating out of tension

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hello ma'am, in horse racing, when taking a horse for exercise, i found few of them defecating before the rider mounts. does it mean, those horses are tensed and perform badly while exercising it? yesterday, i found a 3 year old chestnut gelding defecting near the starting gates when being walked in circle. when the race started, he finished off the board.

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Rohit,

Horses when nervous and apprehensive will defecate , often more often and often it is diarrhea.

Ridden horses, of course, will also defecate as a matter of course, but this will be solid and not often.

Often horses when being trailered will defecate as soon as they see the trailer.

I imagine if a horse is really nervous, and frequent and loose stools help to determine this, it could mean that they are using up a lot of their nervous energy, and this may deplete them in a race.

You are so very observant about horse for being pretty much of a novice. I congratulate you.

MItzi

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Questions on riding problems, training questions, all levels and all disciplines. Questions on showing and judging. Questions on how to teach, how to teach people to teach and train. Questions on training methods and methodology. The history of horsemanship. Questions on dressage, jumping,western, (all levels)riding techniques, driving. Centered Riding, Certified Horsemanship Association, the Bitless Bridle.

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Teaching all my life. Specializing in "teaching People to Train Their Own Horses", using non-abusive methods. I have certified over 175 instructors. I am a Level IV Centered Riding Clinician, a Master Instructor and Clinician with the C.H.A., and a A.J.A. Judge, certifying n the top third in English and Western. I have apprecticed with Sally Swift, Charles(Chuck) Grant, and Richard Shrake. I am a Bitless Bridle Instructor and have presented at Equine Expos and also assisted Dr. Cook, Sally Swift, etc. Hunt Seat 4-H Chairperson for NY (three years)

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Centered Riding Certified Horsemanship Association Northern Tier Dressage and Combined Training Sierra Club American Humane Society NY Horse Council NY 4-H Volunteer

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PEGASUS PRESS WESTERN HORSEMAN Wrote for BRIDLE WISE for two years EQUINE JOURNAL N.Y. HORSE THOROUGHBRED REVIEW HORSE BITS MANE STREAM

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Degree in English Literature and Journalism Studied at the Northern Equitation Centre in Ormskirk, England Level IV Centered Riding Instuctor Master Instructor and Clinician, Certified Horsemanship Association Bitless Bridle Instructor Level I Reiki

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Several Citations through Volunteer 4-H work 5 Year End Awards from Alabama ToastMasters

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