Are you training or untraining your horse? 11-26 -16
ARE YOU TRAINING OR UNTRAINING YOUR HORSE?
By Rick Dennis
Nov. 26, 2016
Rick Dennis and Dualin Oak.
I’m often asked, by my students, “How do I maintain my horse in the proper training mode after I take my horse out of training?”
The easiest answer to this question is, “Always ride the horse in the same manner you were taught by your trainer and ride often.”
It takes approximately three days a week to maintain a horse’s training. As a professional reined cow horse trainer, it’s easy for me to train your horse but the hardest element comes afterwards (i.e.) training the student to ride in my style.
Teaching comes easy to some and to others it’s very hard to impart the fundamentals necessary to establish a cohesive equestrian team. Some trainers are very astute at training your horse but find it difficult to impart this wisdom to the student and often become frustrated by inefficiency on the student’s behalf.
Notwithstanding, great trainers aren’t always great showmen and great showmen aren’t always great trainers. In order to be a great trainer, showman and teacher, it takes a lot of skill, hours of repetition and a deluge of patience.
Another hazard some trainers have is adjusting the training of the horse to fit the skill of the rider. A lot of trainers can train a fast horse but consequently a lot of trainers can’t train a slow horse or a horse that fits the rider’s skill level.
In order to reach the proper balance, I always have a training or schooling horse around for students to learn on. In so doing, I provide the student with an opportunity to learn on a horse that’s normally above their experience and skill levels but trained exactly the same way their individual horse is trained. This builds confidence along the way.
The only way a student is going to increase his or her equestrian proficiency is by learning to ride horses above his or her present skill level and by competing against more skilled riders. A more apt way of describing this transition is by the old adage, “You can’t win on a slow horse.”
Therefore, while in your in training ask as many questions as possible to properly understand the maneuvers as well as applications necessary to maintain the proficiency of your horse when it’s out of training. If you don’t quite understand what the trainer is trying to tell you, simply ask him or her to repeat the maneuver requirements until you thoroughly understand it. My advice to my students is to make a diligent effort to ride often and ride the horse in the same manner you were taught during private instruction every time your in the saddle.
While riding your horse at home and you become confused or you can’t quite execute the maneuver exactly the right way, contact your trainer and ASK. At all times be cognizant of your posture and use the same hand and leg cues you learned during training while riding at home. Correctness is the essential element required to maintain your horse’s training. If, on the other hand, the equestrian becomes lackadaisical in his or her riding style, the horse will eventually adopt this new riding style and will revert from the original training. If you allow your horse to cheat during a maneuver, the horse will cheat you in the show pen
“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle”
Copyright 2016, all rights reserved.
WIND RIVER COMPANY L.L.C.
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Contact Phone: (985) 630-3500
Web Site: http://www.windrivercompanyllc.com