Training Theory: Cues

What is a A Cue? Anything said or done that is followed by a specific action. A hint, intimation or guiding suggestion. Anything that excites to action. A stimulus. Horses have innate understanding of certain visual cues in their environment. They are prepared to see danger and react immediately. Natural Horsemanship training takes advantage of… Read More Training Theory: Cues

Training Exercises: Maintain Direction

Maintain Direction When you set a course from point A to point B, your horse should travel in a straight line, maintaining his speed and direction until you ask him to change either or both. If you have been following this discussion in order, we have not yet worked on direction over the long haul.… Read More Training Exercises: Maintain Direction

Training Exercises: Maintain Gait

Teaching Gaits & Maintaining Gait Let’s preface this lesson by clarifying it is for Western Riding. Some English riding techniques use different click and kiss sounds for different gaits. That is not the way I use or teach the gaits, but equally effective if you choose to use them. “There is more than one way… Read More Training Exercises: Maintain Gait

Training Exercises: The Verbal “Whoa!”

In my early days of horse training, I was less experienced and less sure of myself. My angst expressed itself with a great deal of work on safety exercises. Paramount among those were disengaging the horse’s rear early so that he never showed that part of his anatomy to me and teaching him to stop… Read More Training Exercises: The Verbal “Whoa!”

Training Theory: Introducing Maneuvers

Each time you introduce a new move, your horse is building on past maneuvers. That is one reason that it is advisable to follow the steps in the Horse Training Exercises in order. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson. You may not see the importance of any particular lesson at any particular time, but,… Read More Training Theory: Introducing Maneuvers