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Top 5 Horse Training Tips so far
In this episode I have gone back over the trainers that I have spoken to in each previous episode and found the Top 5 Horse Training Tips.
What I love about these tips is that they all have a similar focus. These trainers are from varied disciplines and from all over the world, yet their foundations are similar, their naming of it may be a bit different, the way they do it may be slightly different, but the intention and end result are all very similar. They all work with calmness and taking your time to build a strong connection with their horse.
Are you able to let go of what you had planned for your horse to be and start listening to what the horse wants to do?
The most beneficial thing you can do with your horse is to sit in the paddock with them with no expectations, asking nothing of them, simply integrating yourself as a part of the herd.
Know where your horse’s flight zone begins, or their personal space bubble, be aware of where it is and do not enter until you see your horse “let down” look for things like the lick, chew, yawn or rubbing their leg, if you then stay where you are and do not invade their space, most times you may find your horse becomes inquisitive and closes the gap wanting to connect with you and start to investigate you.
Anytime you want to connect with your horse you can do this amazing calming exercise to bring you back to the present moment, it involves deep breathing. It will take you less than one minute and is powerful and free to do!
Calming signals are such an important part of horse to human communication that so many of us miss, thanks to Anna Blake, I miss them no more! Anna also teaches us about not escalating our cues, taking the time that it takes for THE HORSE to process what you have asked of him. It doesn’t happen on your time, it happens on his time. Go slow, listen and you will have the type of relationship with your horse that you have always wanted.
This episode ends with a wonderful clip from Donna Anderson from One Horse Life Australia and New Zealand If you approach your horse every time with Donna’s wise words with you, then you will find the magic unfold for you and your horse.
I’d love it if you would get in touch and let me know your thoughts on this episode, would you like more like this? Do you have a problem with your horse that you would like answered. I know I can find an expert to help you! To let me know of your training questions you would like answered please connect with me on my website, or through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
This episode was brought to you by EQUITANA Australia. EQUITANA is happening from the 15th to 18th November this year in Melbourne.
The Off the Track program aims to facilitate the placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by promoting the network of Racing Victoria Acknowledged Re-trainers across the state, driving demand for the breed as performance and pleasure horses and educating the community about the various life after racing options, versatility of use, and the appropriate care and retraining of the thoroughbred.
It’s so nice to see EQUITANA making a difference in the life of these beautiful horses. This event will be happening at the Rowville Outdoor Arena on Thursday morning. They will also be doing a jump off Think Fencing Arena on Sunday 12:45pm – 2:00pm
You can see this event with your day pass. To get your tickets go to equitana.com.au I hope to see you there. Make sure you say hi if you see me.