What is a repetition? It is the
use of habits . Training is used to establish a habit. What you train
your horse to do will make a permanent impression in to the horses mind
until proved other wise. When making a good habit one must be sure that
the bad habit is totally removed. If some of the bad habit is lurking it
will spread. When it spreads it starts to choke out the good habit.
Example. You have
some ground around your house that you want to grow a lush green lawn
(co-operative and willing behavior) so you want to plant some seeds
(good habits). But this ground has lots of weeds (bad habits). There are
different options as to how the person can get a green lawn.
1. The person can throw some
seed on the ground as is.
2. The person can mow the
surface of the ground to cut the stems of the weeds off and plant
3. The person can do a quick
pulling of weeds in the whole lawn and plant the seed.
4. The person digs into the
ground and pulls each weed out from the root leaving no trace of the
weed left. With each section that the person pulled that day the
seed is planted. The next day the person pulls more weeds from the
ground and plants more seeds.
1. The weeds are still there in
full force and the seeds get choked from the weeds. The seeds do not
have a chance to grow into a lush green lawn.
2. The seeds can start to grow
in to little green stems because the weeds are cut, but the
established and deep rooted weeds will grow back, choking out what
was grown. Thus killing the delicate green stems of grass that the
new non established seed sprouted.
3. If things are done quick
there is always room for leaving something out. In this case not all
the weeds were exterminated. Some weeds have their roots and some
weeds were over looked. Thus when the weeds grow again they still
have an established root system choking out the new grass.
4. The seeds that were planted
will sprout into a new stem and grow in to a more established blade
of grass with deep roots. Of course there is always the possibility
of weeds from outside of the lawn. Trying to establish themselves in
the lush green lawn. But if the grass is deep rooted enough and the
person cares for the lawn the weeds can not grow in the lawn. Even
though the whole surrounding outside of the lawn has weeds.
The bad habits that are formed
may very well be from the human teaching the horse this habit. If a
horse pulls on the lead line and gets away from the resistance then
in this horses mind that is what the human wanted. And to please the
human the horse will pull every time it feels like. When the horse
does this it is telling the human that the horse does not have any
of the basic 3.
More is not always better.
Good habits will make every
horse a thinking partner and from knowing the basic 3. If the horse
pulls on the lead line trying it's hardest to get away with great
resistance, but can not get away or get anything accomplish by
pulling back it will think that is what the human wanted. By not
getting free or causing discomfort or extra energy the horse will
please the human by not fighting to even the slightest tension on
the lead line.