Making the Connection

Making the connection...

Horses are more forgiving than most human beings and this alone has been proven to me over and over again every time I have had to re-educate a horse to trust again.

To train a horse is the easier part of the partnership. It has been a bigger challenge to educate the owner to first understand what the horse is feeling and wanting from them. It really takes a sense of commitment to be able to succeed at any task you may be wishing to accomplish so it is important to have a lesson plan at hand so you understand what we are wanting to teach your horse at any given time.

Asking for too many tasks at once will only confuse the horse and overwhelm you with your training session. Having the patience to let the training happen and not force it to happen is vital. Your horse will always let you know how much he has learned. Teaching people to connect with the horse in such a way that a meaningful conversation and lesson has been forfilled with the horse and knowing when to stop.

Learning from mistakes

If our horse makes a mistake – don't take it personally! We learn by our mistakes and horses learn the same way. Enjoy the journey rather than becoming intense and forceful. You will both gain a lot more knowledge by taking your time.

This is how the foundation of horse training starts to evolve. Starting a young horse under saddle with a step by step lesson set in place allows the young horse to make mistakes with out causing himself harm or pain. When he starts to pay attention to what you are asking of him rather than reacting, the process of condition/response is evolving.

Emotional horses

One of my favourite horse's who was the most emotional one out of my herd, was so bad he would jump at his own shadow. It's true - he would spook at anything. I had to come to realise I had created some of his behaviours by sheltering him from scary situations – much to my horror! By desensitizing Muddy with lesson plans that focused on decreasing his emotional energy, I made him feel more confident in himself and easier for me to control him to keep us both safe. Mohegan Muddy Waters was quite a good entertainer at Equine Expo's & Demo's and did this with outstanding confidence in front of 100's of people. He was one in a million and loved by many students and friends. I am his number one fan……He is one very special boy to me & very much loved & missed. Read Muddy's story R.I.P 1993-2007

Float loading

Float loading a difficult horse starts from lack of foundation training and control of the horse's body and mind. If your horse lacks "forward" - forget getting him in the float. Re-establish the forward cue. If there is no control of the horse's head, shoulder's and hip, he will be dragging you every which way as a bit more entertainment on his part. If the horse is being emotional, he needs to be taught to calm down and relax first. Every horse is unique and the training should be ajusted to individual horse's needs.

When Float Training, the horse must be conditioned to respond to cues to be able to get him on the float willingly. The horse offering to go forward is the end result of the amount of control you have of your horse's attention, direction and how much he has learnt through the lesson you have put in place.
There are never problem's, only solutions – For your horse to be a good student, you must have the knowledge to educate your horse.

Every horse deserve's the best chance possible to show us their best potential. Training is ongoing through your horse's life. I like to think of it as levels of education through the schooling years.

1. Kindergarden (weanlings);
2. Pre-school (yearlings);
3. Primary School (2 year old starting under saddle);
4. Secondary School (3 years and up); and the finishing result is
5. University (Performance horse for chosen discipline).

Making the Connection

Learn to 'Make the Connection' and break down the barrier and become a clear communicator. Your horse will love you for your efforts, I guarentee you will see the change and reep the rewards.

May the horse be with you,