Teaching Foundation Horsemanship for a few years, has helped me realize there are behaviour patterns people give credence to that either empower them to sky rocket forward towards their goals, or hinder their growth, leaving trails of frustration.
You've Taken A Clinic, Knowledge Has Been Shared.
Clinics Are Great For Planting Seeds.
The Clinician's goal is to set you and your horse up for success and to plant a seed. You are encouraged to experiment with new concepts in a safe environment, ask questions and stretch your emotional bubble. The knowledge you retain goes home with you, and hopefully you practice what you've learned. If you've taken notes, you have the opportunity at a later date to go over what you learned.
Taking A Clinic is Not Enough For A Horse To Progress.
Practicing once or twice what you learned in a clinic is not enough to see a change in your horse and in yourself. For a horse it takes four to seven days to gel a habit. Hang in there for the four to seven days and watch for signs of understanding, willingness and contentment. It's the repetition of the task(s) that helps a horse perform and feel successful.
I often see positive changes in around the third or fourth day with my horses. I notice he or she is more relaxed and exhibits lightness when he executes the task. It's obvious he understands what I want, he's willingly and confident. At that point I know my horse is ready for more.
The Learning Process Takes Dedication, Repetition, Perseverance And A Plan.
Work on instilling positive habits in your horse every time you go out to the barn. It's these positive habits established over a period of days that helps a horse relax and feel confident doing his job. If you get stuck, or you struggle with presenting yourself to your horse as a confident leader - seek support. Have faith in yourself and in your horse and remember, time spent with your horse is never wasted.