The secrets of horse training: Part 1 –
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
Why the Thoreau quote? Because I believe that when you ride, you should be deliberate and ride like you really mean it.
As an old cowboy once said, “riding horses is done 90% with your head and 10% with your arse.” It’s largely a mental game when you get right down to it.
When riding horses, training horses or giving riding lessons, you have to be deliberate in what you do. What do I mean by ‘deliberate’? I mean you have to be rational and consistent in your approach.
There is another item that is required: time. You have to have the time available to accomplish whatever goals you want to accomplish when working with horse, or riders. No one has the time to do something right but they always have the time to do it over again, and over again, and over again.
I’ve found it hard to impress upon people who contact me for help with their horses or their riding that the one main ingredient of success is the very simple recipe of deliberation, rational approach, taking the time needed and consistency.
(more to come).