the beginning a horse does not see the reason,
meaning or purpose in what we are asking him to
do. Through repetition he learns what we want or
do not want of him. In my line of work as a
clinician I am presented with many tough horses
that are deemed un-trainable. People always ask
for the secret in training that type of horse?
There is no secret. Horses respond positively to
effective training techniques.
The best horsemen
are casual around their horses. Training in a
relaxed fashion and with an effective process
entails working with the horse, not against him.
If you follow this formula positive results are
inevitable. In public demonstrations with
“unrideable” horses, time after time the horses
have amazed on-lookers by quickly relating to
positive training. In just a matter of an hour the
first-rides were accomplished without a bronc-ride
The key is to be
an effective trainer with effective techniques. If
you are not effective, no matter how good your
intentions are you might as well be looking west
for the sunrise. Like the horse, you must be
willing to change and work to have the first ride
an important one and remember from good beginnings
things tend to come naturally.