Easy Tips For Training Your Horse

Easy Tips For Training Your Horse

Equestrians are a special breed of person. We may be filthy dirty, or a have car full of random horse-related items, but the minute our horses have mud on them or sawdust in their tails we freak out. Training our horses is a passion with us, as is our horse’s well-being and cleanliness. Not everyone has access to professional trainers, however, so here are a few tips you can take into consideration when attempting to get your horse to do what you want him to. I say attempting because as we all know we cannot order a 600kg flight animal around, we can only ask him nicely.

Know What You Want

This is the most crucial part of training horses and yet is often overlooked as many people start to train their horses without a clear goal in mind. This will lead to confusion on both you and your equine partner’s parts as neither of you will really know what you are working towards. When you begin training, decide what you want to achieve overall. If you are a jumper, for example, then pick a goal like competing in a local show at a certain height. Work each day toward this goal with a clear timeline, just like you’d work towards a big win when enjoying wagering at horse racing betting sites.

Break It Down

Kind of like the previous tip, each training session should have its goals as well. Start each lesson with a clear idea of what you wish to achieve. Don’t put a time limit on it, as horses don’t work to time limits. If you and your horse manage to get things right in 15 minutes, then leave it there. If it takes longer, keep going until you have achieved what you set out to achieve. Don’t try to make each lesson too big. Small successes that lead to praise will bolster your horse’s confidence, giving you an overall happier and more engaged partner.

Take A Good Look At Yourself

Horses are one of the most sensitive creatures on earth. Both physically and mentally, they can sense any mood change as well as weight change in their rider. This means that you cannot train your horse successfully at all if you are not in the correct headspace. Anger, moodiness or short temper will simply result in an unwilling and hesitant horse, which may end up with you losing your temper. One should never, ever lose their temper at a horse. Ever.

Mix It Up

Horses get bored just like we do. Try to think of different exercises that will help you to achieve your goals. For example, if you are dressage training, don’t drill in the arena day after day with no respite. Take your horse out on a trail in company or alone, and practice your dressage moves in the great outdoors. You may be surprised to find that they come easier, as neither of you is trying too hard and the scenery is a great distraction.

Above all Else: Listen To Your Horse

Horses communicate with us all the time. It’s up to us, however, to listen to what they have to say. Get to know your horse, his moods and body language. When you and he are training, watch him all the time to see how he is reacting. Change your approach accordingly to keep him happy and relaxed, and you will be amazed with the swiftness of your progress.

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