The only way to get a horse to extremely high levels of competence and performance is to continually increase the expectation of your horse. Ultimately we want the horse to be able to complete all maneuvers on a relatively loose rein with relatively little pressure. In order to accomplish that, we have to increase our expectation.
The other concept associated with increasing our expectation of the horse is making the horse responsible. To make the horse responsible we give the horse the opportunity to make mistakes and then correct him. When we ask the horse to be responsible to hold a certain frame or to complete maneuvers with very little assistance then the horse may be confused at first. Ultimately, we have to keep increasing our expectations in order to see our horse advance.This will be the theme for the next of the Ground to Saddle Series at Diamond TR Ranch on June 27, 2015. We start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude around 4:00 p.m. For details go to diamondtr.com for registration or see entire curriculum for the Ground to Saddle Series.
Objectives of the clinic are:
a. Horse Control- soft feel, movement of hip and shoulder, stop on command
b. Relaxation- horse waits on rider cues with confidence and security
c. Safety with Objects- riding through an obstacle course at walk, trot and lope
d. Directional Control – walk and trot circles on loose rein
e. Correcting Training Problems (Finding the diseases and not treating the symptoms)