Keeping your horse relaxed depends on you. If you’re anxious or nervous so are they. Relax, listen to calming music, don’t rush and don’t keep track of time. Barn time has no clocks just you and the horse.

When riding I strive to keep my horse relaxed. Lots of stopping and standing before asking for a new training expectation helps them to absorb what they just learned before moving on. Keeping them bending and focusing on you helps keep them engaged and not distracted. If you notice your horse lifting its head and looking around, ask for a circle to get the attention back on you. Don’t do tight circles. Always gradual circles just to keep focus on work not his barn buddies.

Don’t ride hard every time. End your rides on good notes. End after just one breakthrough even if you’ve only ridden for twenty minutes. This accelerates their learning more than the long rides. The next time you work them they will try harder so they can be rewarded sooner by being done. When you end your lesson the horse knows he’s pleased you. That’s all he wants to do now your both happy 🙂

Published by Jillian

I specialize in problem horses, youngsters, horse rehabilitation and achieving softness and a better relationship between horse and their rider. I not only train horses but humans as well. Not your typical riding lesson but I can, if you so choose, teach you to train your horse! I’m always available to help answer questions or share photos or videos upon request to better illustrate my advice. I’ve mastered the “don’t break the bank” way of keeping your horse healthy and cared for while on a budget. If you walk into almost any large barn in Oregon you’re bound to meet a horse I trained or sold! I’ve trained over 623 horses and counting! I post updates as I receive them from clients and buyers. Thank you for taking the time to browse and hopefully learn something new!

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