Do you want to solve your problem or do you want your problem solved?

I meet a lot of owners with problems, problem horses, problem loaders, napping problems, clipping problems, groundwork problems, ridden problems, contact problems you name it!! The owners generally fall into 2 categories:-


1. Owners who want to learn how to solve their problem


or


2. Owners who want the problem solved for them


Neither one is better than the other. They are just different, and if you are going to ask for help from a professional it’s helpful to know which one you want. Why? Because it will guide how your sessions go and may also guide which professional you choose as some specialise in one or the other.


Owners who want to learn how to solve their problem


If you want to learn how to solve your problem this means that you want to learn how to resolve the issue with current and future horses


It’s going to take some time and effort on your part. It will probably mean having lessons at regular intervals where you learn each step, practise it, then review your progress with your instructor so you can either:-


- Get that step better

or

- move on to the next step


Once learned you should end up with a framework (a series of steps) that you can use to teach any horse you meet to do the same thing. Of course there will be differences in approach as the horses characters and abilities vary but the structure of the task is likely to remain similar.