If your hands, feet, legs or head move too much, don’t try to keep them still by stiffening. Instead, loosen your hips and move WITH your horse.
The more your hips “go with” the movement, the quieter your extremities will be.
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Every day do something and praise yourself for it. You might find that hard to do, but nobody else needs to know about your awesomeness, so you don’t have to worry about what they think.
Go to your horse, do something that means something to you. It could be getting on or doing a flying change or anything in between. Do that thing and say to yourself: “You rock – you’re awesome!”
In this frame of mind you will try more, have more fun and progress faster.
So go on – BE AWESOME!!
Add one new thing.
Each day do what you can do with your horse. Then add one new thing. If you can feed him a carrot, feed him a carrot and brush his mane. If you can mount him and sit for 1 minute, sit for that minute and walk 5 steps.
If that’s all you do differently, that’s great. By adding one new thing each day you will move forward.
Big journeys are made of small steps.Taking those small steps each day leads to the destination.
from: "Communication and Confidence With Horses" by Fran Griffen
Your horse can only ever learn to be as light as your first cue. So if the first thing you do is pull hard, kick hard – whatever – that will be the lightest you will ever be able to ask and have them respond correctly.
To teach your horse to be light, make sure your first cue for anything is something small, and something they can ignore if they want to.
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