You see that rider that enjoys her horse, and her riding seems so effortless. But there is a lot of work that goes into making it effortless. A lot of riders spend their valuable time fighting with their horse instead of enjoying them. In order to be successful with your horse follow these three simple horse training rules.
1. Follow a Routine
Horses are creatures of habit. They like a reliable routine. Set a time, days and the amount of time that you will spend training with your horse. Athletes need training. Horses are athletes and they thrive on a steady training program. You can’t expect an athlete to perform his best if his training program is sporadic and inefficient.
2. Hire a Professional
It’s best to hire a trainer to help you construct a program for you and your horse. A good horse trainer will keep you on track to your goals and help you to stop any bad habits. You can practice every day but if you are practicing things incorrectly you won’t improve.
3. Be Teachable
When you allow yourself to be teachable you can really learn a lot. Horses are the best teachers and when we listen and pay attention to what they are telling us with their responses to our direction we can become great partners. Never stop learning. Even the best trainers in the world continue to learn. That is why they are the best trainers in the world. Horses are so simple yet so complex that they can teach us something new everyday. That trainer you hired will really appreciate it too if you are a teachable student. A know it all cannot really learn because they already know everything, when in reality they know nothing.
By following these three simple horse training rules you can turn an ordinary horse into an extraordinary one.
For more information on how you can implement a great training program check out my eBook Six Weeks to a Better Horse.