Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Central Hill Country Texas
Good on you for doing this!
The whole idea here is to get them to be able to communicate with the horses, both on the ground and in the saddle. IMO it starts out of the saddle by learning “Horse-speak”. The only real way for a human to get good at a new language quickly is immersion. It sounds like they need a bit of a crash course since their plate is full with four horses.
Understanding what the horse is saying is something people that have been around horses forever take for granted because they can’t remember a time when they couldn’t speak horse. You don’t realize how much you use all of those things that you picked up without knowing it and then how often you use it without even really knowing that you are. The beginner who can't read the horse is at a disadvantage in timing and feel without it.
I would very much encourage them to sit out with their horses outside the pens first and just watch the interactions, learn how they move, absorb it. Pack a sandwich and some drinks, pop up a chair, relax and just watch. Do it as often as possible for a while.
Eventually they will find they can predict movements and then they will have what they need to be able to implement the things on the videos.
“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer