March 24, 2012 08:46
Trick Training Philosophy "Train with Trust and Communication"
Trick training is a great way to foster a fabulous relationship with your horse. In order to have a great relationship, you have to have great trust, and great communication.
In order to make trick training enjoyable and achievable by all, I train with grace, rather than force.
Spring is a fantastic time to work on anything that requires forward impulsion! Horses are fresh, and they already have that forward mindset, so using the energy of your horse to your advantage can allow you to get a start on the training season, and clean up some rusty cues.
Activities that you can work on include things like collection, lateral work, walking with purpose, haunches, in, flying changes, piaffe, passage and extended trot. Many times throughout the year it can be a drain to constantly push your horse forward to try and get the necessary energy out of him. Using spring freshness to burn some energy off in your favor is a great opportunity for some wonderful training sessions that leave you both feeling like you've accomplished something!
Never let spring deter you from riding your horse. If you go into the ride with the right mindset, you don't have to be intimidated by your horses spring energy level, rather you can use his natural desire to work in your favor, and go forward.
Training Tips written by Jackie Johnson, www.stunthorse.com for www.HorseOwnerToday.com