Brain, Pain or Training….. Book by Sue Palmer
I’ve read this book cover to cover, the concept is simple, asking yourself and the horse the right questions to establish which is the likely cause behind your horses behaviour or drop in performance:
Is it Brain – the horse taking advantage, the rider and handler need further guidance
Is it Pain – is there discomfort, you need to engage the help of a professional; vet, physio, farrier, saddle fitter
Is it Train – your horse isn’t understanding what you are asking
Seriously recommend the read, with informative case studies to help improve our understanding, there’s also lots of info available on www.thehorsephysio.co.uk website as well as an option to order the DVD.
Here’s a link to get you started, 50 questions
http://thehorsephysio.co.uk/resources/Files/50questions.pdf