WHY GOOD HORSE TRAINING DOES NOT WORK FOR "WISHY WASHY" RIDERS
Dear Friend and Horseman.
Welcome to another issue of the Horse Training Tips Insider.
You know, I absolutely love training performance horses.
It's not only my profession… it's my passion.
I love going to shows and competing at the highest levels of competition. Competing is the best criteria I know to test how well your training is working… or not working!
Over the years, I've really enjoyed learning new training techniques and applying them to my horses.
I constantly purchase training videos produced by other trainers to expand my knowledge. Some of the training info I've purchased is pretty darn good and well worth the money.
However, I've found there's really a lot of training info on the market that's pure junk… Especially on Youtube.
If you go to that website to learn about training your horse, use good judgement and take what you see with a grain of salt.
Truthfully, I'm fed up with all the bad horse training advice that's on the market. Training information that doesn't explain things clear enough. Training information which is incomplete… or even worse… completely untrue.
I see it all the time.
In my own training videos, I try my best to give the viewer something valuable. Something that shows a rider EXACTLY what to do.
I also make sure the information not only covers how to train the horse… it covers how the rider needs to use his hands, legs and body to get outstanding results.
HERE'S THE FLY IN THE OINTMENT!
Unfortunately, no matter how good my horse training information is… the training techniques won't work well unless the rider is CONSISTENT in applying them.
If the rider is "wishy washy" in his riding and corrects the horse one day but doesn't the next, it isn't going to work.
If the rider will be "consitent" with the training, he'll get great results.
Here's a common example.
Many, many horses raise their head unusually high when being asked to stop, turn or go into a lope. That high head ruins the form, style and efficiency of the maneuver. Plus, it just plain looks bad.
Now, I'm not saying the horse's head should be so low it's down by his knees.
No, I'm talking about the head positon being low enough the horse has a "level" topline… or maybe a little higher than level.
Sometimes horses will also raise their head way up high when they see something in the distance they are about to spook at.
In both examples, it's pretty obvious that teaching a horse to lower his head would be extremely beneficial.
In most cases, a low head equates to a calm thinking horse.
So what needs to happen is the rider should ask the horse to lower his head EVERY TIME he raises it too high.
I have videos that show methods to lower a horse's head but unless the rider applies them consistently, the horse will never develop the habit of keeping his head in the proper position.
Most horses need two or three months of consistent training (correction) for that training to become a habit and a solid part of his behavior. However, once the training has become a habit, seldom will that horse need much correction.
There are two tools featured on my website that can really help with this "head positon" problem.
The first tool is the German Martingale.
The second tool is the HeadSetter.
Be sure to watch the free videos about how to use these tools. The videos will demonstrate how to use your hands to lower the horse's head plus teach him to give to the bit and flex at the poll. They also show how to correctly adjust the equipment.
Remember, these are merely "TOOLS" and to get good results, you need to use them correctly. Proper use of your hands is the key.
Okay, that's all for now.
Larry Trocha Training Stable