Mistake #7 – Assuming You Can Get On Any Horse And Simply
Not all horses are the same. Some you can get on and easily
ride. Some are so green that you could be easily injured if
you have little or no riding experience. The ones easy to
ride are typically older horses. They have been ridden the
most and will be the most forgiving of a beginning rider’s
mistakes. The younger horses will be the hardest to ride unless
they have been thoroughly broke.
Mistake #6 – Assuming A Horse Trainer’s Technique Is The
Only Way To Train A Horse
When novice horse owners begin to experience problems with
their horse, they go looking for answers. The first place
they look is in books. When the author of the book explains
a training technique, the reader assumes that’s how it’s done
by everyone. But when they can’t train their horse with that
technique, they assume a dumb or untrainable horse. What novice
horse owners need to know is that there are typically lots
of ways to train a horse to do one thing. If you try something
and it doesn’t work, try something else.
Mistake #5 – Not Riding A Horse Enough
New horse owners experience problems with horses not because
the horse suddenly went sour, but because they don’t ride
their horses enough. About the best thing you can do to have
a good horse is to ride it and ride it and ride it. Don’t
ride him just once every couple weeks. Horses need to ridden
a lot to make them a good riding horse.
Mistake #4 – Thinking A Problem With The Horse Is The
Although a horse may have some problems, they are typically
a result of the horse’s owner. There are rarely horse problems
– it’s more likely there are problem riders. For instance,
if you can’t get your horse to ride away from home (this is
called “Barn Sour”) it’s likely because you don’t have control
over him. You can establish control with various techniques
such as Doubling.
Mistake #3 – Not Understanding How Horses Think
Horses do not think like dogs or cats. Horses are a prey
animal which means they run from scary things. They have thousands
of years of the “flight instinct” built in their brains. To
successfully train them takes patience and understanding that
they are naturally fearful and cynical.
Mistake #2 – Not Knowing That Every Interaction With A
Horse Is A Training Exercise
Every time you interact with your horse you are training
him. Even if your horse is well trained with the lead rope,
you are training him every time you use the lead rope. Even
when you pet your horse, you are training him. Novice horse
owners must think through what they do when working with their
horse because they can easily and unknowingly affect a horse’s
Mistake #1 – Riding A Horse With Little Or No Understanding
A typical novice horse owner will ride their new horse not
knowing horse-riding skills. It is important to have an understanding
of riding techniques because horses react to leg pressure,
how you sit in the saddle, whether or not the rider is tense,
and a whole host of other things.
Let’s face it. Horses need to be understood for a horse owner
to be successful with his horse. The best thing novice horse
owners can do is learn how to ride, learn how horses think,
learn what works good to shape horses’ behavior, and understand
that constantly riding a horse is just about the best thing
you can do to have a good horse.
About The Author
Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author
of several best selling horse training and horse care books.
For information visit his website at www.horsetrainingandtips.com.
He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training
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