There must be a couple of thousand professional pony trainers out there. Like with all professions, there are those pony trainers who are in a class of their own, there are those that are superb, and there are those that are satisfactory. If you would like your horse trained, you wouldn’t lose anything much by going straight to these execs. But then, there those so called trainers who are totally in the wrong profession. They ought to be getting out, and they’re the people you need to keep away from.
Likewise, there are a large amount of horse owners who do their own pony training. A few of them are amazingly good, and most of them are good or satisfactory. Some of them are always griping about problem horses, though how much their gripes are justified is usually debatable.
Behavioural Science was my major back in my academic days, and over the years, this has helped me to carry out a deep analysis of what successful folks have that others don’t..
And my unshakeable conclusion is this: successful folks are past masters at focusing.
Unconsciously, perhaps, I have soaked up a lot from these observations. That’s probably why I have a brilliant success record with the horses I have trained. I have regularly been asked why my results are so quick and so effective. My response never varies: you achieve success when your aims are totally clear and you exercise laser focus.
I begin to work on my foals from day one I’m ready to make them lead and pick up feet in just 3 days or so. Also I am ready to make them wear my hat, a slightly perilous unknown object for them to begin with, within that period: this suggests my success at earning their trust.
My horses customarily get turned out as a herd. When I work on a foal, I give that foal and the training I’m trying to convey to it every single bit of attention and concentration I have got. When I am attempting to get it to pick up its feet, I am just about focused on doing so, simultaneously, some kind of antenna is watching out for me, because I am extremely alert to the sound of steps and the approach of the other horses.
What am I leading up to?
When you have a halter on your horse and you are trying to make him lead, there should be nothing on your mind but the horse, the commands you are giving and his responses to your commands. Obviously, I’m really not aware of any verifiable evidence that horses can read human minds. But I can just talk from my own experience, which includes a heap of examples of horses responding perfectly to tacit commands, so long as the command giver is totally focused, with nothing else in the slightest under consideration.
You are not going to get far if the thought and then the command ‘walk’ to your horse is instantly followed by a mental image of dinner at home. That thought and command should be followed by another thought and command that’s relevant to your task at hand , with no distractions and no mental journeys into diversions.
Don’t be stunned if your pony looks back at you in misunderstanding, like he’s wondering just what your dinner has to do with his coaching.
I hear frequent grumbles about horses not listening. I usually respond to the complainer by asking him or her to call me over for their next training session. When they do that, I ask them to lead their horses. Inside two minutes I will tell whether or not they are on the job mentally or if they have wandered somewhere else. Usually, I find that poor coach focus ends up in poor pony response. I have completely no doubt that the better trainers are those that work when they work, and leave play for the times set aside for playing.
The equation is simple: your horse is