When thinking about training steps, we tend to think in, well, steps. You complete step 1 and then progress to step 2 and so on. This is logical for our human brains but isn’t actually the best way to train our horses (or ourselves!). The problem with progressing in steps is that you repeat the same thing until it’s perfect, which often leads to over-repetition, and then suddenly step up to the next level which is a big leap in what you expect your horse to offer. Instead, you want to creep forwards like the tide – a natural ebb and flow as you make steady progress while maintaining your horse’s interest, focus and confidence.
I explain this concept in this video with a super demonstration from Bernie, a rescued pony at Hope Pastures rescue centre.
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