One of the most Common Myths about Taking Your Horse Out
To round up this mini blog series I’m going to look at one of the most common myths about taking your horse away from home...
“Just keep doing it, it will get better” 🔄
Now the truth is - it might!! But only if your horse gets a little better each time and builds on a positive pattern of going out.
If he is storing tension or having a bad time (in his eyes) every time he goes out then it’s unlikely to get better with more repetition, if you’re lucky it won’t get any worse!
This means that the best focus for a horse learning the ropes is calmness and relaxation. The easiest way to do this is by preparing the situation well and putting you both under as little pressure as possible.
Do’s for a successful day out:-
Do get your loading and travelling good (see Loading Blog)
Do choose a low key setting for your first time out (see Choosing where to go)
Do have a plan/strategy for how to help your horse if he becomes tense (see Settling Your horse in a New Environment)
Do learn groundwork and ridden patterns to help with relaxation (see Positive Patterns for Relaxation)
Do take an experienced and supportive friend
And last but by no means least.... Do finish on a good note 😇
Horses live in the moment. They don’t plan their day out and they don’t have any idea what’s going to happen later. They respond to the situation as they see it in that moment and any previous experiences of anything similar.
They learn well by calm repetition and release. Otherwise known as “finishing on a good note”. The same goes for any new experience or task you do with your horse.