The ability to adapt to new challenges is a priceless skill. Whether it be teaching your horse a new trick or unlearning a newfound bad habit (you or your horse ), learning the building blocks of training will make every task easier.
There are steps to teaching a horse to do anything. For example, you're not going to teach your horse to calmly and confidently load in a trailer if you skip the basic step of teaching them to be led. Yes, you can force the horse to load, but you'll need to force them every time after that. It's a waste of valuable time and a good way of adding trauma to a loading experience - for both human and horse. When you skip steps to overcome a challenge, you can make your life and your horse's life much harder.
The basic steps a horse learns for one task can be applied to many others. We love to teach our clients the steps that lead up to their horse putting those steps together and successfully reaching their goal. It's even more exciting to see a client use the steps their horses have learned in different ways. The more creative the better!
We at Silverhand Ranch believe that building trust between you and your horse puts you ahead of the game when you need to adapt to any new challenge. Come learn with us!