4. Training horses is about staying in the moment
Staying present, in the moment and with your horse during your training will keep you from experiencing fear or doubt. These feelings only arise when one thinks about the future (“What all could happen?
”) or the past (“My horse is doing that and that again!
”) Try to interrupt these thoughts. The more you manage to be in the moment, with your horse, the more satisfied you will feel. Practice turning off your thoughts before you even ride. Whilst grooming your horse, simply try to observe: how does the brush move across its coat? It’s calming. Leave all emotions and judgments (“I reacted too late again!
” “Man, why can’t I keep my hands still?
”) at the door. Correction is allowed (“React quickly”, “Keep your hands calm”), but no judgments. This will help you and your horse to stay motivated, focus and not enter a spiral of emotions where you keep stirring each other up during the training.