"And we have to end on a good note".
Two VERY common statements that is heard around training horses over and over.
Sally wants to have a crisper transition from the trot to the canter and have the horse catch the stride on the correct lead as she changes gaits.
Her 41/2 year old gelding has been under saddle for a year and all the rough riding is mostly gone and behind them.
She has gotten each gait in the round pen both ground work and in the saddle but the transitions are still very rough and she wants more as show season approaches.
She is determined to "Power"her way through the problem.
So as she walks out to get her horse for her training ride she is filled with purpose and determination about the plan that she has formed and is eager to put it into motion.
After all,the saddle fit is perfect,the bit is the same one the that a world champion uses,she is wearing the same boots that her hero wears and the horse wants for nothing regarding health or grooming.
Sally mounts up with the two statements burning in the forefront of her mind,"we will get it today and it will end well"!
There is a real problem here because they in fact have never accomplished the feat at all and have only occasionally stumbled into the gait by chance with no foundation for the maneuver.
The horse is not balanced and sally does not have an extra set of eyes watching and coaching her through the hoped for improvement.
Sally has set the stage for failure and disappointment by her expectations.
As the ride progresses the frustration and lack of success is passed on to the horse through larger and larger corrections yielding less and less results.
Again the statements are brought into action with no results and the horse is showing outward signs of rebellion.
So Sally ends the ride in the way she knows how.....on a good note at the walk around the yard and the horse is put away confused and she leaves frustrated and upset.
So what went wrong and what does Sally need to break the cycle of failure with this style of training?
We need some new sayings!
"We get what we get and we build on what we have".
"We build success on a foundation of success"
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