Wednesday, March 4, 2009
When you don't stick with it...
It's the one of the keys to all horses and training and riding everywhere... Consistency. Without it your horse could could care less what you're asking, but with it... you are in the running for Gold.
So why is it so damn hard?? Because WE hate being consistent. Some days we get in our moods and say "Oh I don't care what Cuddles does today, she's so cute." or "I'm pissy and the normal things that I wouldn't care about, suddenly I do and Cuddles is in BIG Trouble!" OK, but that's just not fair to our horses who only look to us for guidance.
When training or schooling a horse you must set your boundaries and be consistent with them... It's like Wash, rinse, repeat, EVERYDAY! Of course you want to do different activities with your horse but ALWAYS keep the end result of your lesson the same.
Cuddles KNOWS that in order to canter you slide your left leg back and squeeze and voila she's going to the right. BUT if you suddenly changed that cue and Cuddles got confused and then you get pissed off because Cuddles isn't listening...Well my friends, that's when your horse gets sent to me, because you have confused the bloody hell out of the poor thing.
You aren't doing ANY favors to yourself or your horse if you do NOT stay steady and consistent with them. If you need help with a game plan, get together with a local trainer. It either has to be right 100% of the time, or wrong 100% of the time. No wishy-washy, well it depends on my mood BS. You will be AMAZED at how well your horse will respond to everything being consistent. hey will perform better, and be happier because there will be NO confusion as to what's right or wrong and on what day... Everyone from World Champion, to trail riders will reap the benefits.