On the surface it may look to an outside observer that we are teaching the horse to perform a pattern, like a trick, however, we are simply becoming predictable. Routines allow the horse to relax. The make us trustworthy.
And while the outside observer may think that the ‘pattern’ is physical the real ‘pattern’ we are training is mental.
The art of training is balancing the predictable patterns with small changes. This way the horse become more mentally engaged and more interested in the next lesson.
Great teachers use just enough creativity inside of a predictable pattern to keep the student both interested and comfortable.
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WHY IS MY HORSE...?
No one taught you the skills you need to work through these things.
Riders often encounter self-doubt, fear, anxiety, frustration, and other challenging emotions at the barn. The emotions coursing through your body can add clarity, or can make your cues indistinguishable for your horse.
Learning these skills and begin communicating clearly with your horse.
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