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Training the Horse's Mind
February 27th, 2017

Training the Horse's Mind

The most difficult part of training starts with training the horse’s mind. Understanding how the horse thinks will help us understand how we need to go about working with the horse to get the best success possible. There are all different kinds of horses from spooky, to stubborn, and you need to be able to evaluate what kind of horse you have so you can get started working on their mind in order to have the best horse possible.  To get a balanced well minded horse you need to have the four main ingredients: Leadership, Exercise, Affection and Discipline. I like to refer to this as L.E.A.D. I think we can all agree that we all give our horses plenty of affection, but we need to start with being a leader, being someone that they Read More »
"Spook in place"
February 9th, 2016

"Spook in place"

I'm sure you have been on that one trail ride and your horse spooks at something and you have NO IDEA what they were looking at. Most of the time after this happens, we will look around and try to figure out what they were looking at, but that is not what we are supposed to do when that happens.   Scott always talks about a horse "spooking in place". Well, what does that mean? Horses spook based upon how the rider is reacting to certain things. They feed off of our energy, so if we are tense or anxious, the horse may react to that and be tense or anxious. We may make the horse tense from being tense at first, but we may calm down. That does not always happen with the horse. We want to be able to teach them that if we are calm, they should be Read More »
Overcoming the everyday obstacles
January 13th, 2016

Overcoming the everyday obstacles

Have you ever been out on the trail and have your horse spook at the most random thing? Your first thought is "WHY!" or "You never spook at that when we are home!" It's those objects that they see everyday on the farm and then when they see them in a different location it becomes a whole new, scary object! How do you overcome that? You could approach the issue a couple different ways. The first way is to approach it under saddle and allow them to investigate it. They may just need time to see what it is and that it is not out to get them. When you let them walk up to it and investigate, make sure that you only put pressure for them to move forward when they aren't looking at it, and absolutely NO pressure when they are investigating. Read More »
Make each training session meaningful
January 13th, 2016

Make each training session meaningful

As much as we would love for our horses to be perfect for us each time we work for them, it just doesn't happen...especially when we are teaching them something new. The thing to keep in mind when you are teaching your horse something new is that IT'S NEW. Think about it like this, you didn't learn to read or write overnight. You had to start with learning the alphabet, the sounds of each letter, how to write, then putting it all together into reading. When you train your horse, you want to think about that and take the time to teach them a new lesson one step at a time. You want to introduce them to the new lesson and get a willing try out of them, following a break. The next time you work with them, expect a little more than the last Read More »