Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: South County, SF Bay Area
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Excellent post. Glad it is a STICKY.
One thing that wasn't mentioned is directing the THOUGHTS of the horse. A horses' body and feet will follow a THOUGHT.
Do LESS, SOONER. Not MORE, LATER.
One has to be sooooo perceptive when handling/riding horses. They do indicate their "thoughts". Look at the problematic horse that wants to go "out the gate" in the arena. The horses' THOUGHTS are out the gate, it's body will try to follow, even if you successfully, physically get it to NOT......you need to address getting the horse "with you" Making your idea, his idea.
A horses' #1 priority is COMFORT & SAFETY. Understanding them, and knowing how to offer them a good deal, the sweet spot, the place of release and relaxation and comfort....that is VERY VERY strong, from a training perspective.
This is what good horsemanship is about.
Last edited by Fancy That; 05-03-2012 at 05:09 PM.