Sunday, August 9, 2015

Keeping a horse's back up at the trot. On the aids. S4 Horse training

"Sometimes... we all wonder if we will ever get to the next level of connection and balance with our horses.  This is normal.  Now that Darrien is now finally relaxing more (and breathing) we are focusing even more on keeping him balanced and connected.  His trot needs more work right now that his other gaits and now you can watch what Susan is doing with him during this part of the training process"

It's true.  it has taken us almost two years to get Darrien to where he is now.  A year ago he was still rooting on the reins (pulling Susan out of the saddle) rearing and running.  As you can imagine... he did have some serious behavioral/training issues.  You have also seen the process that Susan has been using to retrain him (Darrien is 18 years old)  This year, we have switched back to a snaffle bit. Darrien is an FEI dressage horse and they normally wear a double bridle.  Little by little he is getting more responsive and at times, even seems to be enjoying himself.  :)

Are you in the process of re training or simply training your horse to be more "on the aids?"  Did you imagine it would take as long as it does?  More importantly...  how do you feel when your horse started to understand what you wanted?  Did you feel your horse trying to connect with you?