You often here this comment when working with horses or dogs or kids or your husband. Be consistent! I’m not sure how important that is with husbands but with the others it’s pretty darn important. When we remember that horses don’t talk and communicate like we humans do, they communicate with body language, that becomes a challenge for us humans. See we get the idea of using the same phrase when training a dog, for example: If I want to call my dog I use the command “come”. Now I know that if I keep changing the word I use for this command that it won’t be long before my dog will give me the paw and never come to me. So I know it’s important, especially when in their learning and training phase to use the same word for the command. We get that as humans because that’s how we communicate too, with words. Horses on the other hand don’t. They use body language. What happens for us as humans, because we don’t us body language as the primary way we communicate, we tend to use all kinds of body movements to try and get the point across to our horse. What I see people do first it try and talk the horse into it with words, which don’t work. Then they try to make the horse do what they want using force, they think this is body language.
I use the number three when I am schooling a horse, don’t matter if it’s on the ground or in the saddle, by the way riding the horse is really all about body language. I do that so I make sure I am using the same body language or moves to get the horse to do what I want every time. So if I want my horse to go in a circle in the round pen or on the end of a lead rope. I will point with my hand, kiss or cluck to my horse, and the third thing is I will spank the ground with the end of my stick and string or the end of the lead rope. I try to do it that way every time. Before long my horse will move in the circle because I point. I won’t have to cluck or spank to get him to do it and he will do it every time because he understands what I want cause I don’t change it.
So you too will need to be consistent when it comes to communicating with your horse. You don’t have to do it the way I do it. My way is just a way, it’s a good way and it has served many people well over the years, but you must have a way a program and process if your going to be successful with your horses.
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