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Principles Of Horse Training

Like in everything, there are principles of horse training as well. Those principles include things like,

1. Making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard

2. Being as gentle as possible but as firm as necessary

3. Approach and retreat

These three principles aren’t the only ones of course, but we will focus on them for this article.

Making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard

It is about making the horses idea your idea. For example, if you want your horse to go out on the trail but it is barn sour (Meaning always trotting back, turning around and such to the barn and it’s a fight to get on the trial) then make your idea the horses idea. Make them work right by the barn and pasture, and then take them down 50 feet on the trail and let them rest. Go back to the barn and work them. When I say work them, make them move their feet. Bend, turn, start, stop, anything really. Then take them 100 feet away and rest. Soon they will not want to go to the barn because it is work and will willing walk down the trail.

Another example is trailer loading. Make the right thing easy (Being in the trailer) and the wrong thing hard (Being out of the trailer). Again, use the same principle. Work them out of the trailer, then let them go in the trailer and rest. Bring them out and work them, rest them in the trailer. It might take a while but the horse then will associate the trailer with rest and want to be in it. It is making your idea the horse’s idea.

Being as gentle as possible but as firm as necessary

You want to be gentle with your horse, but sometimes you just have to be firm. Being firm doesn’t mean hurting your horse or making it afraid of you. It means not letting it get away with what it is trying to get away with. Your horse only knows what you will let them get away with. So while being gentle is how we want to approach our horses, if they aren’t doing something that you know they can, or if they are doing something dangerous like turning their hindquarters toward you, then make them move, NOW.

That isn’t the time to be gentle and cuddly. And it goes along with making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. Let’s take backing up, you are teaching your horse to back and then when you release the pressure they won’t stand still. They might not keep backing as fast but they slowly keep backing. Being as gentle as possible means letting them have a chance to stop on their own (the right thing) but then being as firm as necessary includes making the horse back more and at a faster pace (the wrong thing). So then they will get it in their mind that if they don’t stop when you give them the option, they will back faster.

Another story I have is I had a horse kick out at me once, and I backed the horse around the round pen as assertive as I could for about 2 or 3 circles. That got the point across and the horse never did kick out again. I wanted to make sure that they horse knew that was unacceptable. So being firm doesn’t mean being mean.

Approach and retreat

Approach your horse with a scary object, retreat when it relaxes. Horses learn from the release of pressure not the pressure itself. Look at it like this, they can only read our body language. So if I come up to you and want you to do something, I put pressure on you, and you try to move and when you move I release the pressure. Well the next time I put pressure you know how to move for me to stop, so you move that way again and it get reinforced. But say you moved in a way I didn’t want you to but I still released the pressure, would you know you did wrong? Or would you be getting away from the pressure?

That is why when you approach a horse with a scary object you want it to not be scared of, when it is moving its feet and being fearful, you don’t want to take it away because just like the example, you would be teach the horse to do that. Wait until it gives you a relaxing sign (Licking of the lips, cocking of the hind leg, lowering of the head and neck, taking a big breath, blinking) while their feet are not moving. Because if you take the pressure away when the horses feet are moving, you are teaching that to the horse, when in fact you want to teach the horse to stand still.

Basic Principles

Making the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard, is having your idea be the horses idea.

Being as gentle as possible but as firm as necessary, is getting your point across to the horse, sometimes in a NOW fashion.

Approach and retreat, don’t retreat when the horse is not doing what you want, otherwise you are teaching your horse that.

Most, if not all horse problems can be solved by a combination of applying these 3 principles in the correct way.


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