The good trainer
Even if we are not experts, when we ride a horse, in addition to being its riders we are its trainers.
Even if we follow the directions of someone experienced, we are the one who are riding the horse! If we want to become good trainers at our level of preparedness, we must have these qualities:
- Ability to understand the horse. If the horse does not obey, first of all, wonder if you acted in the right way. Before acting recklessly with the horse, ask yourself if your aid and your method are right.
- Always check your position in the saddle: this is the starting point in order to communicate well with the horse and use the aid properly.
- Deepen the knowledge of the characteristics of your horses, not only when working with them but also at the stable, in order to understand them more and improve your approach with them.
- Patience and perseverance are essential.
- Always check your character. Do not act on impulse and with nervousness, but with knowledge and wisdom.
- Remain calm, patient but authoritative.
- If the horse is young and exuberant, let it play, maybe letting it spin freely on the leash before mounting it, so that it can prance without constraints and without our weight in the saddle. When riding it, let it prance but do not allow it to lose control. In serenity and pleasure, the horse must respect our authority.
- We need to have a good sense of rhythm and balance.
- We should deepen our equestrian culture to become horsemen and take care of the horses guaranteeing them a life more in keeping with their nature. If a horse lives happily, is fed properly, is free to spend time in the paddock, and is handled according to its nature, it will show its gratitude by becoming cooperative and helpful.
Therefore, horse training is not based only on rules and techniques, but mainly on the knowledge of the horse, on the desire to understand it, on the ability to think before acting, on wanting to embark on the path to becoming horsemen.
In nature, horses defend themselves by fleeing. Horses run only when provoked, otherwise they spend their time grazing and moving in herds. The purpose of the training is to make them overcome their fears, teach them to trust and collaborate with us, and transform their instinct to escape into the desire to go forward. This relationship with horses must be established from the first months of their life. Daily contact helps horses to recognize a friend in man and not a predator, as well as to establish a relationship of mutual trust from the beginning.