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Every rider IS a trainer -- every time you interact with a horse

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        03-05-2012, 10:50 PM
      #61
    Weanling
    I'd have to say the more I learn the more I realize I don't know which keeps me humble, but interested. Horsemanship is a journey, we all start somewhere. I truly believe there is always something new to learn no matter how much you think you know.

    I think one of the biggest battles is finding that right person to teach you to be a better rider. I really liked the trainer where I first boarded, he was knowledgeable and most of all I felt comfortable with him. Sadly, he moved away.

    I went through a series of bad places and then came to where I am now. I enjoy the place where I board. It's has an indoor, outdoor and trails. The only problem is I've been there for almost a year and a half and I don't feel comfortable with the trainer so I haven't been taking lessons just watching some of them. Things are going pretty good with my horse, but I feel like I'm not growing like I should be. This place is close to home where I can get out and ride almost everyday. I live near a small town so all other boarding options would limit my riding time due to my job, the distance driving and barn hours so I'm not sure what to do.
         
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        03-06-2012, 02:23 AM
      #62
    Foal
    Post I am THAT owner!! (and equally ashamed of it!)

    In my defense, my family acquired the horse but I (and he ;)..decided he was mine early on. We had some lessons both separately and together with a local gal.. a veritable superwoman, who confirmed it was not an issue with him as much as with us, city folk. However, after getting him home from that short training/assessment.. I lost confidence in my ability to control him and gained the FEAR that he will discover just how powerful he is.. :O Now, he spends his days bored and I am so ashamed of myself for letting it go on this long. In addition to the lack of horse know on my part, I have also now, spoiled him the way(s) you described. HELLLP!!!! I need to know D.I.Y. Methods to UN-DO this!!! VIDEOS are the most helpful ... and when you think of me, think "for Dummies" I have never owned/cared for a horse prior to him and I AM the only one here who is willing to do the work. I just have no idea what/when/or how. :(
         
        04-17-2012, 11:52 AM
      #63
    Foal
         
        04-21-2012, 11:21 PM
      #64
    Foal
    This is my little saying:

    Whenever you ride a horse, you're either training it or untraining it.

    Karen
    Fancy That and rob like this.
         
        04-28-2012, 02:10 PM
      #65
    Foal
    I wholeheartedly agree with this post! Even though I am definitely guilty of letting my horse get away with stuff that I should be addressing.

    I'm a psychology student, and I think that everyone who works with animals should have to read up on classical and operant conditioning, especially schedules of reinforcements. They are such important concepts and can make such a difference in your relationships with four-legged friends.
         
        04-30-2012, 08:35 AM
      #66
    Foal
    Jolly good! Glad to see that SOMEBODY thinks like this! LOL!
         
        05-03-2012, 04:03 PM
      #67
    Foal
    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.
         
        05-16-2012, 06:24 PM
      #68
    Foal
    Yes, I totally agree.. but I can understand as well those who've had not very "fun" trainers to put nicely.. and who have a rejection of training.. For those it is important to know that every interaction with a horse is a training, whether of good or bad behaviour, but it doesnt have to be so much "work"..
    If you don't train your horse, your horse will train you, and its way more fun one way then the other,
    Happy Training,
    Lokahi
         
        05-19-2012, 12:11 PM
      #69
    Foal
    Hear,hear...
         
        05-19-2012, 01:16 PM
      #70
    Trained
    I completely agree with the post, something so many people need to read, figure out, and act - just not the title.
         

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