Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Horse training and balance
I read a good article recently, that sort of touches on quite a few subjects recently discussed here, and thought I would share some key points for thought
Most times, when the topic of balance comes up, in regards to horse training, it is physical terms that are the subject. Distribution of the rider's weight, the horse balanced between the front and hind end, balance between reins and legs. combined with timing and feel
There is another balance, just as important, and can be more challenging, also requiring timing and feel. That balance includes , balance between softness and boundaries, between kindness and rules, between discipline and fun, and between consequences and reward
The author acknowledges two main types of imbalances,when it comes to people.There are those that are all about rules, boundaries, discipline and consequences, and those who are all softness, kindness, fun and reward.
Somewhere between these tow ends of the spectrum is a perfect balance that results in an emotionally balanced confident horses and humans who communicate clearly with compassionate understanding of who is in charge
The author encourages every horse owner to find that balance, even if it results in trial and error, summing up that concept with two quotes
The first is an Old cowboy one.
"Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad Judgement'.
The second is an old martial arts saying:
' The difference between a master and a beginner, is that the master has failed more times then the beginner has even tried'
These two quotes hit home to me, as my journey with horses truly has been over many years, learning equally from my mistakes as from what I have done right, and am still learning
Somehow life seems very unfair, because once you have gained a fair amount of horse knowledge, over many years, your body no longer is young enough to apply all that knowledge, esp training young or problem horses!