Read each lesson thoroughly, then go out and try it! Always try each lesson several times, and remember that we are here to answer your training questions in our Q&A section. Most exercises take less than 15 minutes per session. Some people may say they are not patient enough to train their horse. My question to them is: If you are not patient enough with your horse, how do you expect him to behave and be patient with you? Every aspect of horse ownership requires patience and consistency!
It will take practice! You may not get the desired results the first few times, since you are attempting to teach your horse a something that you are in the process of learning yourself. Be patient and don’t give up, your horse depends on you!
We have a few training rules, please read them all, and stick to them 100% of the time. They are Golden!
Horse Training Rules
1. Practice Safe Horsemanship.
If you care about yourself, your horse, and the people around you, you’ll read our Safety articles. No one wants to get hurt! These are the most crucial lessons in learning good horsemanship.
2. Be Consistent and Patient.
Let it take all the time it needs. It is said that slowly is often the quickest way. Take your time, and don’t get discouraged by a lengthy lesson that accomplishes a small goal. Consistency is most important! Your horse cannot be consistent in his performance if you are not consistent in your signals. Read our article on The Patience Game.
3. A Horse is Never “Bad”.
It doesn’t know how to talk to us, it doesn’t know how to tell us “I’m confused, or I’m scared”. It is up to us to learn their language. We need to learn to talk to them in their own language and be able to understand what they are saying back to us. When you hear any rider say “my horse is just being bad today”…that is an indication that the rider is not communicating with her horse in a way that he understands. There is no such thing as a “bad” horse.
4. You must be Alpha.
You cannot train a horse successfully if he thinks he’s higher in the pecking order than you. Becoming Alpha doesn’t have to be physical. You don’t ever have to hurt your horse in the process of becoming Alpha. You will have to constantly and consistently prove to your horse that you are Alpha. Please read our Pecking Order and Becoming Alpha article to find out why becoming “Alpha” is so important when handling and training your horse.
5. Desensitizing & Sensitizing.
Every single movement you make near your horse is either desensitizing him or sensitizing hime. Read our Desensitizing and Sensitizing article to find out how this effects every aspect of your training.