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post #11 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 02:26 PM
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"take time to earn it then"
"the problem isn't the problem"

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post #12 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 02:29 PM
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No two are the same and just because doing XYZ worked perfectly for that one does not mean it will be the right thing to do for this one.
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post #13 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 02:46 PM
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Your attitude is everything.

In riding, a horse's energy is like a river- guided by the banks but not stopped by them.
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post #14 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by kmacdougall View Post
What's the most important thing you've learned about horses?
Just one thing, that you think is such a good piece of advice, everyone should know?

I think mine came from my dad, who isn't even really a horseperson. He said to me one day "you have to have patience for that horse to have respect." Ever since, I've had a wealth of patience (when it comes to horses) and never lose my cool around them or get fed up and quit.

Mine is/are : "Lead by example". My mare had gotton shocked for the first time on the electric fence by the gate, so she wouldn't go through the gate. I backed her up, pulled, talked calmly, etc, and she wouldn't budge through the gate. So, I decided to just walk through in front, because i knew it was too tempting for any horse to have a wide open gate with fresh green grass out. I was planning to just sit on the other side and wait- But there was no need for that! She followed me right through, because I went first and then she knew there was nothing harmful there. I ha only had her a few days when she did that, so she had no trust in me, which is why I did that.

Also, "Patience and Humor with horses is a valuable as patience and love with children" If you have no patience you can't be around horses, and if you don't have humor, you won't have as good a time. :)
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post #15 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 03:15 PM
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Oh yeah, and if it's not getting better its getting worse.

In riding, a horse's energy is like a river- guided by the banks but not stopped by them.
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You can hide your emotions from yourself, and all the people around you, but your horse knows how you feel.
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post #17 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 05:21 PM
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I learned I made the most progress with my mare the day I stopped blaming her for all our problems and started looking at what I was doing wrong.

passion is when you put more energy into something than is required to do it. it is more than just enthusiasm or excitement, passion is ambition that is materialized into action to put as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as is possible. // <3 starlite - dream - lady - georgia
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post #18 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 10:57 PM
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Horses learn from the release of pressure, not the pressure itself. Knowing that one thing changed just about everything I do with my horse for the good.
I also have to add one more since it helped me so much. Anytime you are with your horse, you are teaching him...wether it is good or bad.
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post #19 of 41 Old 05-03-2010, 11:20 PM
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"Direction is better than Correction."

Especially relates to training young horses I think, it just means that you should always be aware of the horse and encourage them to do exactly as you ask, to avoid having to re train mistakes that were made due to inattentiveness.

Loved everyone elses advice too, thanks for sharing.

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post #20 of 41 Old 05-04-2010, 12:45 AM
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"Being the boss mare is more than being a bully."

Attitude is everything. You are your horse's leader. You stand your horse on the side of steep, scary creek and say, "Walk on. Time to cross," but don't expect that horse to actually cross, that scared animal isn't going to go. You're the horse's leader; if you think it's okay and your energy tells that horse that there is nothing wrong and he is fully expected to cross without problems, he will cross.

I've found that having that attitude and expecting certain things out of your horse makes 'scary' situations a lot easier. If you aren't afraid, your horse will calm down as well.

You have to act the part of leader fully to be fully accepted as a leader.
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