Originally Posted by Mike Zimmerman
It's not the exercises themselves that gain the the horse's respect, they only make you have to be a leader. So it's not what you get your horse to do but your confidence, consistancy, reliability, energy, and attitude that you present to the horse to get what you want done that's important. You can force a horse or beg him and still get him to do what you want but that doesn't mean he respects you.
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You can do all the exercises in the world, but if you don't perform them with confidence, patience and dominance, you've just wasted a lot of time.