Understanding

Tuesday’s Tip! Understanding As with most things in life, people understand and learn in differing ways. To be effective you need to work out how best you learn. When teaching I have to focus very hard on what styles of learning each person has and tailor the lesson and commands to the individual. I always try to explain the why so that the concept is understood and the pupil can…

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Persevere

Tuesday’s Tip! Persevere Everyone has bad days, including horses. So next time your training session doesn’t go to plan, because you are feeling a bit off or your horse is not playing ball remember to scale back your goals for the session to an easier, more achievable one for the session and leave it there. Try the original plan the following session, and then again if that one also goes…

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Understanding and Patience

Tuesday’s Tip! Understanding and Patience Understanding and patience are very important to consider when working with horses and ponies. Every time they do something odd take a minute to work out reasons why they might be doing it – pain, fear, excitement, confusion. Once you have a few ideas try to work out which is most likely – if your horse has never seen a tractor with big hay spikes…

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A New Year Resolution

Tuesday’s Tip! In a few of my previous tips I have mentioned being patient and consistent. This tip will be about how and why that is so important. Being patient: horses won’t be trying to be annoying on purpose, they may not understand exactly what you want and are doing their best to do what they think you want. By being patient you have to remain calm, think things through…

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“On the Bit” (Part 4)

Tuesday’s Tip! “On the bit” part 4: How to get your horse working in an outline. As I said last week – getting your horse working correctly will hopefully allow your horse to offer you the outline you are aiming for. In order to get your horse working correctly, you have to ensure they are powering from behind and carrying themselves. The rider also needs to be in a neutral…

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Teaching Your Horse Manners

Tuesday’s Tip! Manners. In order for your horse to have manners, you need to decide what he can or can’t do, and be consistent. Whenever he does something you want, like standing still, reward him with praise. If he does something you don’t want, like shifting while standing, repeat the command for that desired behaviour (in this case, “stand” and praise if he does this; if he does not, then…

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Nipping and Treating

Tuesday’s Tip! Treating correctly. Often when you give treats to horses/ponies, the animal can become mouthy and learns to nip. This behaviour actually gets reinforced by the giving of the treat, as they have learned that that behaviour gets rewarded by treat-giving. In order to avoid the nipping and mouthiness, you need to give treats correctly. You start by standing at his shoulder, facing towards his head. Then you reach…

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