Sunday, September 01, 2019
Yesterday, during some very expert training, I learned how to bend my horse, and bingo!, our turns became rounder and nicer. It helped, attending this clinic and hearing a new voice, different words, fresh ideas. It’s important to work my horses on details of training each time we’re out. In other words, no more simply bogeying down the road.
This new awareness makes me realize how much I can compartmentalize learning. For example, training tips with my horses, it seemed, would arise as I’m drawing closer to driving competitively. But clearly, learning must be applied now and ongoing. Training is a ticket to improving communications with my horses.
The clinic instructor explained how to avoid surprising the horse by using reins to signal, at least a horse-head ahead of my real horse’s head, what next will happen, thus setting the horse’s expectation for a next move. We practiced by turning Sunni at an arena’s corner. I kept her moving straight alongside the rail, and on nearing a corner, I slightly tilted Sunni’s head toward the anticipated turn before giving her an actual signal to turn.
It will take planning and practice to get me and my horses up to speed. It will require routine training during our exercise outings. It will mean that I will start viewing our streets differently, by locating spots (or markers) to guide our moves. For example, turning around in a cul de sac will mean me sighting ahead pre-identified spots, for guidance, while circling my horse (at a rate of my choice, not the horse’s), until our turns are coordinated, round, and smooth.
Dear Friends: Success begins with a realistic large perspective and goal setting. Diana