Again, it’s not about punishment. We have to be careful not to become aggressive when a horse tests a new idea, because in trying the new idea he is releasing the old idea. I like to see it as the horse testing the situation, e.g., ‘if I change this, will it hurt me? Is it safe?’ Meanwhile, we can help by being aware of our body language and posture, modeling calm confidence, flexibility and attentiveness, while he is looking to settle himself.
I offer this as food for thought for those starting out with the Boundary Box. Of course, working with a coach familiar with the box helps. The idea is for you to be safe by keeping your emotions in check so you can be present, clear in your communication, and the best leader for your horse.
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