Episode 199: The trickiest concept

The trickiest concept of them all…If the horse gives the ‘incorrect’ answer…it doesn’t necessarily mean you taught the lesson wrong.

This one can make you crazy…
Or it can make you micromanage…
Or it can tempt you to force things to happen…

The challenge is that in teaching the horse…we are always getting feedback from them, but if they give the ‘incorrect’ answer…it doesn’t necessarily mean you taught the lesson wrong.

If the horse questions you…and you think his feedback means you’re doing it wrong…you might change what you’re doing…even though the horse was just asking if some previous answer could apply here, or was offering something creative, or was asking for clarification.

1 Comment

  1. Jan on September 16, 2022 at 8:56 am

    Great podcast as all of yours are. Wish that in my early years of having horses there had been learning resources like now. I was pretty much on my own to learn. At 11 years old my parents leased me a smalll shetland pony from the 3 acre “Melody B Ranch.” Rebel was aptly named. As soon as a human would come to his stall door he would go head first into the far corner, he wouldn’t let you near his head to halter him and he wasn’t afraid to use his kicking end. I was told to always take the buggy whip to wack him on the butt and that way he would turn his head toward me and I could catch him. He was actually pretty immune to the wacking and those hind legs were flying as he tried to move backwards into you. Once walking past his stall he reached out and bit me hard on the forearm. A decent instructor could have alleviated the entire situation, alas there was no one. Other than feeding, the owner was seldom there, Only kids like me hung out there. Between 6th and 7th grade I bought my first horse, Sir Red, from the ranch for $150. A $75 down-payment and whatever I could pay monthy until paid off. Of course, the horse was a yearling (no one mentioned that probably wasn’t the way for a 12 year old to go), fortunately my grandparents gave me a horsemanship book for Christmas 1963. Luckily I already loved to read and that started changing my knowledge, along with joining 4H where we were exposed to a few lessons. Fortunately, “Red”, was a kind and tolerant horse. In a divorce, my dad got custody of my sister and I, and we moved. My second 4H leader lived nearby and I would ride to their house almost daily and we’d all ride. Her husband was a horse whisperer before that was a popular term. Mostly, I was a very unsupervised kid growing up. The moral of the this somewhat lengthy story is that You change peoples and horses lives for the better. I bought your tape series about 10 years ago and watched your Jack series. I was glad to see you enter the dressage arena as I’ve entered training level in the past with my Missouri Fox Trotter and my other area of interest is trail obstacle challenges. Right now the internet is the way to go on training as the inflation has eaten my budget that paid for truck diesel for trail riding. occasional lessons, lunches with friends, etc. I’m sure you know the routine. Thank you, thank you and other like minded trainers that are giving opportunities with our horses through the internet.

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