As trainers we are frequently faced with an element of proving our worth – with each new client comes a certain burden of proof to demonstrate how or why our methods work.
Sometimes we see dramatic changes during our first training session - cut to scenes involving much moving of feet, rearing, striking, bucking etc.
More often than not, our first session may be underwhelming in terms of the action movie we have envisioned, with minimal explosions and car chases. Though in some cases this may not be enough for our critics, we would encourage you to watch through to the credits. Think of it more as a slow burn with a feel good ending and sometimes even a little unexpected twist.
With every horse that is presented, I work with the energy level that is in front of me.
I frequently yabber on about the ‘volume knob’, this can be related to pressure, cues, energy or gaits, on the ground or under saddle.
I always try to minimise anxiety and tension throughout a session to promote a good learning environment and maximise retention of information. Even when teaching coping mechanisms to an anxious or nervous horse or responsiveness and awareness to a dull or shut down horse, I want to keep high energy to short bursts and set ambient conditions for the horse to figure out the correct answer.
I will always work in the best interests of the horse and will not compromise on causing unnecessary stress for the WOW factor, even if that leaves the door open for an inconclusive review.
CADENCE HORSE TRAINING
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