We build it on the ground, then ride it in the saddle.
What does Sir Isaac Newton have to do with horse training? Well, his 3rd law of motion is tied in to how you ride your horse in some very obvious ways that you likely haven’t thought about – but when you do it might change how you ride from now on. So lets explore!
This article is the first of a three part series. I got to writing it and found it was a very deep – but very important – topic. How we work with our horse’s thoughts defines our relationship and establishes our credibility as leaders.
We can show the horse an entirely different way of dealing with pressure, so that it no longer creates a stress and in fact, causes him to release tension and focus on us. This opens the door for the horse to be balanced and perform like an athlete.
We make sense of the world using the information we have and our personal beliefs and values. We also have an expectation that everyone we interact with shares those beliefs and values. It’s called the False Consensus Effect. We even do this with horses! That leads to frustrated people with frustrated horses. Lets move beyond that!
How do you eliminate frustration when riding, working or training horses? The answer is actually simple.
Working with a truly wild horse is a fantastic opportunity to explore the subtleties of horse mentality. It’s an exercise in patience and creativity. And the reward is an incredibly moving experience.
By striving for that feeling of greatness with my horse, and sharing it with him, I???m guaranteed something: the horse will want to try for me. He will try for me because he is seeking the mental reward he knows I can give him. And wow, does that ever open up the door to learning and possibilities.
We all enjoy the time we spend with our horses, but sometimes it’s more entertaining than it should be!
Many people tend to use a round pen with good intent…