You’ve heard me talk, or write, about the need to be consistent with our horses and a training program, but often that can be hard cause we get a little bored with what we are doing. Trouble is, we get to thinking that our horse is getting bored when, in reality, they are just fine. I don’t know about your horses but mine can stand in the sun and sleep for hours and not get bored, but it's hard for me to stand and watch them do that. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that in order for our horses to get the most from our program, no matter what that is, trailer loading, hobbling, collection or just basic control on the ground, we have to stay with our program and not stop and go on to something else, because we are bored or just want to do something else.
For example lets take trailer loading. It could be anything that you are working on really. When I am working with a horse on trailer loading and he has figured out how to get in the trailer by himself we will work on that everyday for 5 days. Now that does not mean that we won’t do other things, ground work for example, but I won’t add a ton of stuff until we have finished the trailer loading program. Once he has finished that program I will add more to his education, but I will work hard at not missing a day during that program if I can, and most of the time I can, he will never forget it and trailer loading is never an issue again.
Don’t let your boredom be the reason your horse does not learn a lesson as well as he can or will. What I hear from people who are having problems with their horses is usually the horse just can’t get it, won’t get it, his breed prevents him from getting it. I rarely hear owners say, I really need to spend more time with my horse and work on this issue.
So stay with it. Stay with your program, no matter what it is, and if you spend enough time, the magic pill, you will see the result that you want and your horse won’t forget it.
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