rider takes responsibility for her own learning, this encompasses almost
all of the hours that she spends in the saddle: she uses this time to
clarify the difference between right and wrong, to reinforce the correct
neurological patterns and to strengthen her muscles. (And as she does
this, she automatically helps her horse to do the same.)"
- Mary Wanless
Ride With Your Mind,1991
What I look for in
each horse in determining how the horse will be taught:
the horse - lazy, fighter, nervous, or willing
personality - human surroundings the horse was exposed to.
personality - mental and physical influences.
~Absolute trust in
the human- The horseman has to figure out how the horse thinks and
what it will take for the horse to willingly submit to the horseman.
useless -The horse needs to have confidence in the horseman by being
convinced that humans are kind. What you teach your horse to do will
make a permanent impression in to the horses mind until determined other
wise. Teaching the horse to think for himself and do a task freely.
is wanted and how to do it -A horseman must acknowledge that a horse
does not know the humans language, nor thought patterns.
treats, physical touch and voice. The horse knows food is eaten when he
is comfortable. We offer a small treat after a horse does what was asked
thus the horse will be willing to do task again without hesitation.
Incorporating the voice and a couple of rubs on the neck when giving a
treat reassures the horse that the tone of the voice and the rub are
good signs. When the horse becomes more advanced with each task the
voice and rub will replace the treat more and more .
If the horse does not do what is asked then the horse does not
understand what was asked of him. Repeat in a calm manor. If the horse
is lashing out with the intent to severely hurt the human the horseman
must make the horse believe that the human is the hierarchy in a fair
manor as would another horse in the pasture.
Utilized with the
Reward and Punishment System
- The horse be taught that the use of lead lines and reins should be
light and finally not at all. Not depending on the human to pull ,frame
or grasp with such items endlessly.
~Verbal cues -
instead of lunge whips, the lack of communication on the ground and in
the saddle . Use a different word for each different task.
A eager horse will do a task buy watching your actions on the ground if
taught along with the verbal cues. While mounted the horse will be very
receptive to the riders movement of the inner body whether the rider
knows it or not. The importance of the rider being balanced and not
hindering the horse.