Looks like a try to me!
My buddy Mark, ask me to talk a bit about “Try”. You hear people talk about it a lot but they don’t explain what to look for. For some folks it’s easy for them to see, for others they have a little harder time.
The dictionary says that “Try” mean: make an attempt or effort to do something.
When we apply this to horses it involves patients and understanding. I guess that’s true when it comes to people too. But when it comes to people, children for example, and we ask them to “try” to write their names, we at least expect them to pick up the pencil. However, if horses could write their names, and we asked them to “try”, I would consider it a “try” if they just looked at the pencil.
So trying to apply “try” to horses the same way we do humans, won’t work. Horses have a brain about the size of a walnut. Their ability to understand what we want is limited. Having said that, it don’t mean they can’t or won’t get it. What it does mean is it will take them longer. Some horses take longer then other horses to get a skill or what you want, same as humans I suppose. But for horses it may take you more time to get the horse to understand what you want.
Then there is your skill level. That’s right, just like with teacher and kids, if we suck as a teacher, trainer, owner, it’s going to take our horses longer to learn a skill. If we don’t know the skill or understand how to teach that skill we may start to blame our student, the horse, for not getting it. So, so much depends on us understanding what we are doing. That’s why I encourage folks to LEARN! There are lots of different ways to get things done with a horse, but you have to have a WAY! A process a program that you understand and that works for you.
Asking a horse to “try” is a great skill, if, you know what your asking for and you know the process to get it… So, it’s really you and I that have to “TRY” for the sake of the horse. More tomorrow.
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