Ask You Horse to Wait, Not Anticipate

When riding a horse, if you would like to be in control he needs to wait on his rider and not anticipate the next move. For me, the best way to teach a horse to wait on me is to do the opposite of what he is expecting to do.  If the horse thinks he is going to be turning right, turn him left.  If the horse thinks he will be jogging, then walk, stop, back or lope.  Change up the routine because when you ask your horse to wait on you, he will not only wait and not anticipate, but he will be paying attention waiting for the next cue.  A horse that is attentive to his rider is a much more enjoyable horse to ride.


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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3 Responses to Ask You Horse to Wait, Not Anticipate

  1. Jackie says:

    Amen! I’ve ridden lots of thoroughbreds in my life and they are definitely some of the worst culprits for anticipating. The mare I showed knew the routine: walk, trot, walk, canter, walk, reverse … And the second I’d ask for one transition she’d immediately try to move into the next gait on the list. As a result, I never ever used that order when we were schooling at home, and it helped. Besides making them more attentive, always mixing things up gets the creative juices flowing and makes riding a lot more fun for both of us!

  2. Jessica says:

    At our barn, especially during the winter when it’s cold and snowy, we practice by riding letters. For example, we might ride in the shape of an A then a B then a C, etc. We will turn sharply, stop, back up, whatever we need to do to make the letter. The horse has no idea where we are going next so they can’t anticipate, and it gives us a goal!

  3. dcastro says:

    Great tips ladies!

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