February 24, 2012 07:56
Trick Training Philosophy "Train with Trust and Communication"
Trick training is a great way to foster a fabulous relationship with your horse. In order to have a great relationship, you have to have great trust, and great communication. In order to make trick training enjoyable and achievable by all, I train with grace, rather than force. Jackie Johnson
Oh that dreaded time of year. That time when you haven't been riding much due to the weather, and your horse is feeling frisky and fresh. Frisky horses that have been cooped up for any length of time can be a challenge to even the most experienced horseman. If riding a horse in this state of energy seems like an unappealing challenge, consider just taking him for a walk on the lead instead!
Taking your horse for a pleasure walk on the lead is not something that people generally think of. When you think spending time with your horse, that time spent generally equates to riding time. Going for a walk down the lane, or road is an excellent bonding exercise that gives your horse a change of scenery, and exercises his mind. These walks also allow you to reinforce your role as the leader, and assess whether or not your horse is respecting you - by walking with his head at your shoulder where it belongs. The walks can also be 'mini-adventures' where you and your horse investigate the things that he identifies as 'spooky'. You can gain some serious leadership points when you show your horse that the monster he is deathly afraid of is just a silly old rock, or tree, and that kind of trust, and leadership, on the ground becomes trust, and leadership, in the saddle.
Training Tips written by Jackie Johnson, www.stunthorse.com for www.HorseOwnerToday.com