Expectation and Horses

Before we get to the last part of the Western Gaits Series, I would like to touch on something very important.

Expectation. Each time you go to ride your horse it should be looked at as just that, a new day. Of course you can continue to build on the training you worked on yesterday, but today is a new day. Expect your horse to get it right today. Don’t expect your horse to be spooky or uncooperative.

Lets just say each time you take your horse out on a trail ride the neighbors barking dogs scare him. What are you expecting when you are approaching the neighbors property? If you are expecting the horse to get scared, of course he will do what you expect of him. If your energy is tense and scared your horse will feel that.

Remember, a horse is a mirror of his rider.

If a horse can feel a tiny little fly land on him, you better believe he can feel your emotions. A horse can even feel when you are holding your breath. When that happens, or you change your breathing the horse will sense something is wrong.

Before riding on a trail, in a horse show, or even practicing in the arena get your confidence in check and your horse will follow. Keep your breathing deep and steady. In a nutshell, expect success and the mirror that is your horse will be successful.

Happy Expectations!


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About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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5 Responses to Expectation and Horses

  1. Rising Rainbow says:

    I just had this very converstaion with someone this morning. It is such an important part of the equine/human relationship.

  2. EquineSpirit says:

    This post is incredibly true! I am so amazed at how my emotions, tension, stress level, etc affect Diago’s performance, attitude, feelings, etc. Great post!!

  3. Deanna says:

    Thanks Gals for the comments!

    I really see why we use our horses like therapy. When no one else will, they listen and we don’t even have to say a word. Where else can you get that?

  4. photogchic says:

    Sometimes I make myself let out really loud exhales just to help my horse relax and it works every time. They are just such receptive creatures. Great post.

  5. Deanna says:

    Thanks! That’s a great tip too. I’m going to tell my riders to try that.


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