Pre-Training Knowledge helps you gain an understanding of the nature of the horse, how they learn and how to be an effective horseman. We advise that all students familiarise themselves with these simple principles before commencing any training with a horse.
Gain an understanding of the nature of the horse, how they learn and how to be an effective horseman. We advise that all students familiarise themselves with these simple principles before commencing any training with a horse.
Welcome to the Pre Training Knowledge section of Your Horsemanship. In the lessons found here, and collected for convenience in the attached e-Book (see Supplementary Material below), I hope to give an overview of thinking behind my horse training and rider coaching philosophies. I have tried to include as much information as possible on the instinctive nature of the horse and the reasons behind why they behave as they do. I also give my insights into the training process and how we can work on ourselves to be successful with our horses.
Successful horse training and riding is based on understanding and knowledge. In my experience, frustration starts where knowledge ends, so before diving into any training exercise with your horse I recommend taking time to read about their psychology, methods of communication and what motivates them.
This book also contains information on how we can behave to make the training process clear and fair for the horse. Adopting the right mindset at the start of your horsemanship journey will help you and your horse out enormously.
How to Use This Section
The Pre Training Knowledge section of the Your Horsemanship programme is designed as a reference guide to help you throughout the Foundation Training, Remedial, and Challenges sections. I will be making reference to a variety of training principles and techniques throughout the Your Horsemanship lessons and rather than having to explain a point over and over again I will include a link in the lesson’s supplementary material to the relevant section in this guide.
Before playing any of the videos in the Your Horsemanship programme please do read through these pages. You can always come back to something should you need to, but it is worth familiarising yourself with the thinking behind the methods I want to share with you before we start; that way we are all singing from the same hymn sheet.
Please feel free to share this book with anyone you may think will find it interesting. Not everyone will want or need to use Your Horsemanship but there may be something within these notes that may resonate with them. None of this is new or unique but having it all in one place might help someone make a connection with something they have been struggling with for both their benefit and that of their horse.
As always, if there is anything you do not understand, want to question or think I could explain with more clarity please do get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org