Discovering the difference between primary and secondary issues can be the reason for the underlying issues your horse is having with performance, behavioral, or training issues. Often, we focus on secondary instead of the primary issue that is causing all the problems. Knowing how to find those primary issues is the difference between your horse’s improved performance and having to fix an issue continually.
Horses are herd animal and instinctively will not show outward signs of pain or weakness. Consequently, primary issues can go undetected for a long time and often identified as something else. The problem is, when identified incorrectly, the issue continues to persist. For example, some performance problems might be related more to pain rather then training issues. When the pain is taken care of, the performance problems improve.