Dear Friend and Horseman,
Welcome to another "Horse Training Tips Insider".
In this issue, I want to talk about a few topics that I feel are important.
And, what I have to say about one of these topics, is a little touchy so I know I'll probably tee-off a few people but I feel it needs to be said.
Okay, lets get started with the newsletter.
I never cease to be amazed by the horse owners who buy my training videos.
Here's what's amazing…
One person will buy some of my videos and get fantastic results. I mean DRAMATIC and IMMEDIATE IMPROVEMENT.
Another person will get the exact same videos and email me questions that are so bizarre that it makes me wonder if they even watched any part of the videos at all.
I believe the big difference in the outcome has to do with the individual person's MINDSET.
In my opinion, when it comes to horse training success, there are only three types of people.
Those who think they CAN.
Those who think they CAN'T.
And those who really DON'T CARE.
The ones who really don't care, are usually the day-dreamers who would like to be able to do it but aren't willing to put forth any effort. These are also the folks who send in their questions without ever watching the video.
It has been my experience that the folks who BELIEVE they CAN, are the ones who find a way to get it done, no matter what.
And by the same token, those who believe they CAN'T, initially fail to get results and then give up without ever experimenting or trying again.
It seems the person who believes he CAN, never gives up. He keeps trying… even when he initially fails.
Even when he gets poor results, he never sees it as failure. He sees his mistakes as experiments that will get him closer to finding out what works or what doesn't work.
When it comes to training horses, this is the kind of attitude that is essential.
Never give up trying. Never be afraid to fail.
Most of the successful people (from any walk of life) that I know, have failed many, many times before they finally got good results.
Throughout my training career, I've met quite a few self-made millionaires. The vast majority of them had gone broke at least once before finally making it.
That is how we learn.
Here is an interesting true story:
A few years back, a 17-year-old kid, took a 3-year-old colt that he trained himself and entered up in the National Reining Horse Association Futurity. One of the largest and toughest to win.
He ended up WINNING the Limited Non Pro division and PLACED in the Intermediate and Non Pro divisions. In total, he brought home over $16,000 in prize money.
The kid's name is Clayton Eggers of Stephenville, Texas.
Here is what is so interesting…
It was the first time that Clayton had ever went to the the reining futurity.
Plus, initially, he didn't know how to train a reining horse.
He told the reporter from the "Quarter Horse News" that he learned what he needed to know by watching one training video over and over again.
And yes, you guessed right. It was one of my training videos. You can find out which one by reading Clayton's interview in the "Quarter Horse News".
The point I'm trying to make is this…
I'm willing to bet "fear of failure" never entered this kids mind. He believed he could be competitive at this big event and simply went for it.
Even though his competitors would be riding top bred horses that were trained by the best trainers in the business, the kid wasn't intimidated.
He had enough belief in himself to give it a shot.
You sure have to admire that.
What would have happened if Clayton had not done well and bombed-out at the futurity?
I bet he would have done what all true winners do…
He would have picked himself up, analyzed what went wrong and start preparing for the next futurity.
The key is having the right mindset.
You need to believe you can do it and then immerse yourself in it.
There is plenty of good information available that can help you. There's my videos and other trainer's videos too.
However, if you watch the videos only once or twice, you are going to fall short of the mark. You need to watch MANY times so it will become a part of you.
If I buy an instructional video, I'll watch that video over and over until I know every word by heart.
Here's an example:
I'm a big fan of the book, "Hackamore Reinsman" by Ed Connell.
It was written way back in the early 1950's… and just about every modern-day reined cow horse trainer on the west coast own's a copy of it.
There is PROFOUND knowledge contained in the pages of that book. Some of the best information I've ever read.
As a matter of fact, many of the principles found in that book are responsible for the formulation of my own training methods.
However, to fully understand what the author was trying to say, I had to read it about 20 times. I'm not kidding, 20 times.
I used to rave about this book and recommend it to everybody wanting to learn about training horses but I seldom mention the book any more.
I've quit telling people about it because the average person will skim the text and say, "No big deal, its pretty boring really".
When I hear that, I know that person isn't serious about learning.
Now, if I hear that person say, "I read that book. It's pretty difficult to understand. I'll need to read it again". Then I know this is a person who truly wants to learn. A person who wants to become a "horseman", not just a horse "owner".
SIDE NOTE: For people to are interested in hackamore (bosal) and snaffle bit training, I have a DVD and a streaming video course which demonstrates many of the principles found in Ed Connell's book, "Hackamore Reinsman".
If you watch the videos, you'll get a crystal-clear understanding of the training principles found in the book… plus in addition, some of my own training techniques NOT found in the book.
Okay, that's all for now.
Have fun training your horse.
Larry Trocha Training Stable