I broke my arm – stuck between my young horse and a wall. I sent my horse to a training facility, but he was very stressed. I realised the hard way I needed a different training technique to get him into a state of relaxation and focus on me.
After following the TRT method, my young horse now copes well in new environments. Initially I had to go through the in hand movements a few times, but now after a few steps he drops his head and off we go! I have another dressage horse who used to be afraid of his own tail and needed elephant doses of sedation to clip him . He can now be clipped with no sedation at all!
Some people ask what I am doing and others pay no attention. Some understand and ask more questions but with others you can see their eyes glazing over . However people often make comment now how well my young horse copes. As Tristan once said in his Q and A – getting off a float at a dressage competition with a rope headstall is eyebrow raising enough – even in Australia.
It’s not difficult to learn the TRT method, but you do need to pay attention to detail so you train the correct answer. I have been known to stand in my arena watching the videos on my iPhone again whilst I train the horses. True story – my young WB lay down in the middle of the arena and had a good roll whilst he was waiting for me!
I have watched the recorded Q and A and they are really good to help consolidate the training techniques. Tristan often extrapolates further on certain things due to the answers being raised. It is also good to see other peoples training videos.
The TRT method is a great training tool to have in your toolbox . Being prepared with knowledge about what to do to prevent things getting tricky with a horse is so much better than having to trouble shoot whilst things get out of control. And if things do get tricky, I can quickly revert the horse back to a state of physical and mental relaxation.
I have also learnt to really appreciate the communication with my body language and sounds I make to my horses. So much so I have started playing around with liberty training my young horse. Overall the method is fun, has greatly improved my horsemanship skills and enhanced the bond between myself and my horses.