HIDEAWAY TRAINING TIP
THE TIME FACTOR
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OK, you've attended a training clinic, read all the
right books from the best trainers and have worked the training techniques
with your horse and you still haven't got the "perfect horse".
It all seems so simple. What's the problem??? The problem is
likely time. Or more precisely the lack of productive time actually training
your horse.When you consider the time you spend grooming, feeding, tacking
up/down and just easy trail riding, how much time do you really spend
training your horse? Our guess is probably not as much as you think.
Try this. For two weeks, keep a log of your time with
your horse. Break it down into feeding, grooming, tacking up, pleasure
riding and finally training your horse. In the training section, only
include time spent actually teaching your horse or practicing specific
lessons or exercises. We think you will be surprised at how little time
you actually spend on training.
If you want your horse to be perfect, you must make a commitment of the time necessary for success. We can promise that if you just work the short end of this (6 hours over 4 days per week) on your training goals, you will see dramatic results. Remember, it takes many, many repetitions for something to become second nature to your horse. The more time and repetitions, the more "perfect" your horse will become.
Realistically, we understand that people are busy,
with many obligations and it is hard to find the time for regular training
session. It is OK if you just want to enjoy some time with your horse
on pleasure rides. Have fun with him. Just acknowledge to yourself that
your horse cannot live up to unrealistic expectations. Having the "perfect
horse" takes effort and commitment and "TIME".