One of the greatest skills of an instructor or trainer is the ability to wait.
They say, “Let the horse be a horse.” But what else can they possibly be?
Associations can work for us or against us. For example, a horse could associate the trailer with a negative experience. How do we change that?
On June 30, 2021, we took possession of a new property. It’s a huge undertaking. A huge property.
Training and exploring a relationship with a horse is a multi-faceted pursuit. We work on important building blocks, but how about a top-down approach?
In the last few years I’ve heard a many an equine myth. We could probably write an entire book on them – I’m sure it would be hilarious – but for now let’s focus on the horse’s eyes and vision. Pardon the pun there.
What is it, about a horse
That allows them to trot their way
Into our hearts
And become a part of us?
Riding or working with an anxious horse can be intimidating, especially if we’ve had a mishap or suffered an injury. It’s important to recognize that when our horse spooks, they’re also struggling with a confidence issue. But as a team, we can work through these struggles together as we build strength in our relationship.
What we learn in the process of working with a young horse, starting or restarting a mature horse or working a horse through troubles is invaluable. These are the skills that will make you a proficient rider. And the time will come where you’ll have to help a horse or have the opportunity to start or restart one.
Going through the anguish of losing a good friend is tough.