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4 Week Study Group – Leading: Calm, Confident and Connected

January 4 - January 31

This is an online Study Group, hosted in the CT Club.
January 4th – 31st 2021.
It is FREE for all CT Club members.
In our study groups, we help you to follow a training schedule to stay focused and make progress with your horse. They are usually 4 weeks long and follow a specific topic or Home Study Course.
Each week you will be directed to training videos, followed by specific exercises to try with your horse. They offer a group learning environment where you can learn alongside other members, helping each other out. Hannah, Rachel and the CT Coaches also offer some guidance and reviews through these Study Groups.
You can join in as many Study Groups as you like. There are Foundation Study Groups for those just getting started and general Study Groups covering a wide variety of behaviours – just choose and join in the ones you fancy!
Click here to find out more and join the CT Club.
What You Will Learn:

This Study Group will focus on leading exercises using positive reinforcement. This is perfect to teach leading to young or green horses, or to refine leading with horses who barge, pull, rush, plant or cut in front of you. 

It will cover:

Week 1 

Beginning with the foundation level exercises, we’ll start with Stand Together quietly to ensure horse is calm and relaxed, then introduce leading by walking a few steps only and then back into the Standing Together position. This is the most effective way to introduce calm, connected movement to your horse. From there, we’ll start to increase the duration of leading as you begin to Walk Together.

During this stage, we’re also gathering information about what the horse finds easier, more difficult and which aspects need most work. So, we’ll check how the horse stands and leads on both sides, assess if horse lags/rushes/blocks/pins ears, if the horse behaves differently liberty vs on a rope, in the arena vs outside the arena etc. This information will help you to set your training plan for the coming weeks.

Week 2 

This week is focussing on clarifying our leading cues for walk on, stop and turn both ways. Making sure your horse knows and understands your cues, and that you’re consistent in how you cue your horse when leading, will really help to bring calmness and consistency to your leading. Begin working on these in the area or situation where your horse leads best (using the information from week 1), so that you set your horse up for success as you confirm and clarify your cues.

Week 3 

This week we’re focussing on ourselves and our internal cues we project to the horse. We’ll look at breathing exercises, tension in our body, any anxiety we have about leading, our focus and body position. As you build your own body awareness and confidence, you will increase your clarity, sensitivity and effectiveness when leading your horse.

Week 4 

Now we have all the leading building blocks in place, we’re going to start building duration and asking for leading in more challenging places such as the spooky side of the arena, outside the arena, back to the field etc. The skills you and your horse have built through this course, will enable you to work through leading issues in any situation and get confident leading your horse easily anywhere.

To take part in this Study Group, click here to find out more and join the CT Club.
(already a member? Just click here )


January 4
January 31
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