Monday, April 18, 2011
Reining Cow Horse Training with Marc De Champlain - Day 7 & 8 - Lots of Learning
The biggest things I have learned from yesterday and today, well I will have to try to point all of them out... - Let your horse know before hand what you want to do, go over it in your head before you do it in your body. Think about it while you do it too, and prepare your body. Set your body up for optimum success for your horse, for what he needs in that moment according to how he is reacting and what you want him to do. - Do everything in love, get assertive and dominant when you need to but you need to do it lovingly through it all. Look at it from he horses point of view, is he not doing it because he just doesn't want to? Because he doesn't know? Because he physically can't? Or is he really trying to get the answer correct but are giving the wrong right answer? Adjust your thoughts and your body according to these questions. - Be as light as possible but assertive as necessary, don't let them get away with something but don't be harsh unless necessary. - Use patterns to establish positive patterns in your horse, new patterns, get rid of old ones, and learn new maneuvers. - Be constantly alert of your mind and your body, find what you need to correct and work on correcting it. Principle # 7 is important to your mind and body for performance (Horses teach riders and riders teach horses), how do you teach a horse an advanced task without knowing it yourself first? How do you reward a response you don't even know is correct or incorrect. Lots for me and for you to soak in, the days are too short here! Please feel free to ask questions, I'd love to answer them!