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Difference between Punishment and Correction
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Steve Nash

 
By Steve Nash
Published on February 10, 2009
 
Almost every horse owner at some point or the other gets angry on their horse; it’s common. The reasons vary from person to person, such as horse has been misbehaving or simply a bad day etc. In these situations you (horse owner) need to know the difference between punishment and correction.

Almost every horse owner at some point or the other gets angry on their horse; it’s common. The reasons vary from person to person, such as horse has been misbehaving or simply a bad day etc. In these situations you (horse owner) need to know the difference between punishment and correction.

As we all know that, horses that live in the wild do not punish each other. You'll never across horses, who group together to hurt another horse. Unlike human beings, they don’t look for the right time to take out their vindication; rather, they react impulsively as a correction. Without realizing this fact, often horse owners think horses to poses with human intelligence, who knows exactly what they want.

However, correction refers to a positive or negative effect directly linked to the manners. So, you shouldn’t hurt or punish your horse for his training shortcomings, rather you should correct those errors with patience and love.

Here are some of the five basic rules for correction:
  1. Be Fast – You need to be quick in administrating the corrections, or your horse will forget his wrong behavior. Only fast remedial actions will make him understand that the action he did was wrong.
  2. Be Determined – Whenever, you correct your horse be sure to have clear idea. Without any purpose it is simply useless. So, set clear goals in your mind and work towards them accordingly.
  3. Be Reliable - Every time your horse commits a bad behavior, you do the exact same correction. Or else, your horse will get confused and won’t be able to learn whatever you are trying to teach him.
  4. Be Suitable – Keep in mind that to whip your horse repeatedly is inappropriate and cruel. Instead, try to adopt correction that fit the crime.
  5. Be Rational – Remember that your horse is an animal, which will take time to learn. If you're correcting him continuously, he’ll get confused and irritated. So, give him some time to new learn things.