Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I do appreciate his straight-forward approach. It is, "You need to teach the horse this, and here is how I do it", not, "If your horse loves you, he'll do anything for you". And sometimes, hearing something so basic that it qualifies for a "Well Duh!" can get you thinking. An obvious point he made with stopping horses, which is helping me, was that you can't expect a good Whoa at a gallop if you don't have a good Whoa at a walk, and you can't expect the horse to stop better on the trail than in the arena.
When he made that comment, I made a gun out of my right hand (good thing it wasn't pastry, or I might be expelled from school) and shot myself in the head with my finger. So my limited riding time with Mia includes trying to get every stop perfect, every time - because if she won't do a perfect stop at a walk in the arena, she sure isn't going to give me ANY kind of stop when racing Trooper in the desert!
He also has an intro to horses kind of video. It included a lot of tips I picked up the hard way with a few years of owning horses. My son is thinking of trying riding. If he does, watching that video will be a good foundation. Lots of stuff where I can pause and explain how MY horses respond doing XYZ.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."