What do you do when your horse is pushy and doesn’t respond to your cues? I recorded a little video with a young stallion to show you the dos and the donts.
When starting your young horse, it’s an excellent moment to give your horse the tools they need to be successful in our human environment, but also to show them how to manage themselves.
A horse that is very laid-back and maybe extremely lazy, often struggles to get himself motivated. How do you get those horses to be in control of themselves, how do they learn to give themselves a feeling of having energy, of being athletic, of being something that is feeling good? That’s where my Groundwork Wednesday comes in!
Leading your horse safely is vital when you have a hot horse or work with a lot of different horses. So I set out and recorded a video to show people how what I do to lead my horses anywhere safely and how to respond when your horse has a lot of energy and wants to run over you.
We’ve all had a horse not wanting to go near a scary corner, the door or the sun spots on the ground. Here’s a step by step how I handle these situations!
Not all horses are able to enjoy their grass with peace of heart and mind. Being out in a paddock is stressful for them, especially when the pasture’s new or when horses leave around them. But how can you help your horse?
Is your horse tense while being in the trailer? Getting her in the trailer isn’t the end goal. Make sure she is trailer loading in the right way.
We all want our horses to enjoy their daily work. That each day they are enthusiastic and energetic in their attitude towards their training. We want to create a willing mindset in our horses, but how do we create this?
It of course starts with the right mind set of the rider, which begins with the right focus.
Traditionally riding or training horses for sport begins with a focus on studying or applying a technical aspect of riding, executing a sequence of steps and repeating them to form a certain movement.
I recently had a student come to me with a horse that he was having trouble doing sequence changes with.
The student said: “He starts with the first change okay and then he just ignores my leg. So then I made him really sharp on the leg so I hardly had to touch him for the change. But then he started running off with his head in the air after the second change. So I put the draw rein on him to hold him and now sometimes he’s just stopping and rearing.”
Me: “What is he thinking?”
Student: “He’s just running through the aids.”
Me: “No, I said what does HE think about it?”
Student: “What do mean? You mean him? The Horse? What is he thinking??”
Student: “Well, I don’t know??? I just want him to do it!”
If you ask yourself ‘what is he thinking‘ before you start the changes, you will know what the reaction will be before you enter the movement and you won’t have to force him to make the mistake.
When you know what he is thinking about it, it is only then you will know what you need to train first. You can then change the approach, go back and gain the missing ingredients to be able to be successful in the changes.
‘Who is my horse and what it he thinking’ is what I always try to remind myself of.
Changing the mindset of the rider to think not what is the horse doing but why is he doing it, alters the whole vibe of the training session. It opens the rider’s mind and shows what information the horse really needs at that time to progress easily towards the goal.
Setting the right feeling through the training each day determines how your horse experiences his education. Does he feel it’s an education? Is it something that motivates him? Where he seeks the little rewards and the feeling of accomplishment and that it’s easy?
Or does he feel that it’s just hard work and that the time he spends with you is full of confusion, frustration and fear.
The horse becomes a direct reflection of the rider
Aside from a method of training or steps on how to archive the moments with your horse that seem effortless with a clear confident understanding of the exercise, it is the mindset of the rider to think what is my horse thinking and not what is he doing. And also why is he doing is?
The way the horse experiences his daily training determines the effort and motivation he will willingly put forward the next day, creating a patterned momentum of self-improvement in the horse that generates excitement and energy about his work.
Your horse never explodes without reason. But how can you make sure that your horse does not feel the need to explode? Easy: you can teach them.
A horse’s learning begins the moment their feet hit the ground. The learning of how they should perceive the world they are born into, listening to their instincts and following the behavior of their mother. They are being shaped by their environment and their experiences.