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Despite a horse going through the motions of exposure and learning, does not mean that his confidence is increasing, irrelevant of all of his new experiences.
New Year New Goals- Assessing and Improving the Equine Partnership
I came with these six GOALS to help equine enthusiasts keep perspective when assessing their horse relationship.
I see so many horse people posting photos and referring to the horse like the animal is an accessory.
The focus tends to be on the human agenda, rather than addressing the Quality of what THE HUMAN is bringing to the Equine Partnership.
Too many riders are so very quick to critique the horse without ever acknowledging how their own grey-area, inconsistent, unfair communication is influencing the unwanted responses in the equine.
Buying and selling a variety of different horses isn't going to "fix" anything if the person is still unable to recognize, believe, and address horse behavior nor will it improve their skill-set.
Perhaps let's make the GOAL for the upcoming year to focus on improving ourselves rather than blaming the horse.
Without meaning to, as a person is trying to mentally assess, process, and physically coordinate their communication with the horse, they may also be conveying unintentional signals to their horse.
This adds unnecessary confusion when attempting to change old patterns in the interaction.
So here's a checklist for My TOP 5 Physical Assessment Opportunities of yourself any time you work with your horse, but especially if you feel out of your "comfort zone."
Over the years I've had many people comment on experiences learning from me, even after just one session.