Samantha Jepson

Published: October 22, 2020

Troubleshooting

Step 1: Assessment

Goals:

  • Does horse have a solid grasp of the base commands.
  • Assess horse for health, fitness, and conformation limitations
  • Assess horse’s responses to touch, external stimulation, etc

 

Acknowledge simple accomplishments as a job well done!
This will reinforce that the horse is doing exactly what is asked of him/her and boosts confidence.

This stage is about understanding the horse, his abilities, limitations, experience, and overall personality traits

Step 5: First Rides

Goals:

  • Horse should have a solid grasp of the base commands.
  • Horse should respond to weight weight in stirrups, mounting body movement, etc. prior to riding.
  • Horse should be attentive and understand ground cues, prior to mounting.
  • BASIC Movements: Walk, stop, back, turn right, turn left.

Though your horse may have these movements down while doing ground work, balancing a rider’s weight, hearing commands from a new/scary perspective, and performing these simple tasks is a whole new skill set and requires adjustment.

Acknowledge simple accomplishments as a job well done!
This will reinforce that the horse is doing exactly what is asked of him/her and boosts confidence.

Published: October 22, 2020

Identifying Problems

Identifying Training

Assess Fitness Level/Conformation

Sure you could go compete in a marathon or IronMan competition, but without physical training and exercise, you probably are not going to do so well at it. Horses are no different! They may be physically not able to perform as requested due to lack of fitness or conformation

Communication

What is the horse's actions and body language saying?
Rehabilitation work
Equestrian Ground Manners