The key to good training is getting motivation and relaxation in balance. With reward-based training (clicker training), it’s usually easy to get high levels of motivation, but that can get TOO high, meaning you lose relaxation.
When your horse tries too hard, they often throw all their behaviours at you, rush through exercises, can’t stand still and do way too much (overbend or give too many steps etc). Emotionally, they get tense, easily frustrated and try even HARDER to get the reward.
In this lesson, we look at some positive reinforcement techniques you can use to increase relaxation with horses who try too hard and get all worked up during training.
Elfine is showing this through lateral work in-hand, but you can use these techniques with all behaviours from standing and leading right up to more advanced exercises. If you just want your horse to CHILL, this video is for you!
In Part 2 (coming next week), we continue this work in the saddle.
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