Building confidence in the consistency of inconsistency.
Sounds crazy right ?
We are working with a young warmblood at the moment, we have been going through a colt starting process with her to get ready for her ridden career.
As with any untrained or green horse, there are a lot of ‘new things’ for them to learn, and as such each lesson can look different from the day before.
This can quickly build uncertainty in the horse and develop anxiety, and worry when it comes to training sessions.
The solution is to make the ‘new stuff’ part of the routine, therefore building confidence in the process - giving the horse an understanding of what is going to happen.
When we are going through a training process I want the horses to have;
Confidence around a specific task
Confidence around the learning / teaching method,
And a confidence in the routine.
With the young horses having so much incoming new information it is vital that they get confident around ‘new information’ and that ‘new information’ becomes part of the consistency in training.
Within a few days colts learn that the ‘routine’ is a recap of something that they have learnt, a lesson in something new, and, depending on how the new lesson went either a ‘finish’ on the new lesson, or back to a recap if they struggled.
Part of my philosophy is that a horse always leaves the arena with their head held high, feeling great about themselves.
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June 11 & 12 Holistic Equine Education Lithgow NSW
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