SETTLING IN / RE/CONNECTING 19
PROGRAMME STEP 14
Continue to read your horses moods during these sessions and keep those blue rings and light eyes coming with lots of pats and encouragement.
A very toxic myth is that you can encourage and be too nice and spoil your horse and your horse will think you are a pushover if you are too nice.
This is not true. Spoiling comes from rewarding bad behaviour not good.
You can never reward or praise too much for good behaviour and it will give the horse a reason to avoid bad behaviour.
You should know the behaviour also can change in an instant and bad habits form fast. Bad habits and behaviour can also be changed and reformed into good behaviour.
That is why it is so important to monitor and be very careful about the way we are and what we do around horses.
Always be aware and if they misbehave try to really look and empathize and understand what is going on in their head at that moment ad causing this behaviour.
The most common mistake riders make is thinking a horse is playing up and being naughty when it is simply just being frightened.
You never discipline a scared horse. It only makes it worse. You soothe and reassure as you would a child, which takes away their reason to be scared.
Most so-called misbehaviour is simply a horse being scared, confused and frustrated about it. Take time and give your horse time to hear, translate and do everything you ask without getting anxious about it because you have provided enough warning and time.
The next step is to do as the last but increase the riding to a longer session again and start to ask for some turns and some stops and starts and so on. All at walk only this session.
Do this session twice then increase and include trotting and do the sessions which include trotting for 3 sessions.
STEP 14 GOAL & OUTCOME: The goal of this step is to begin getting the ridden communication going between you and your horse.