What's Good for the Goose, is it Good for the Gander?
Ok, so geese don't have anything to do with horses really, but considering the saying it has relevence in Horse Training.
There are literally hundreds (maybe more) different training methods out there today & if you do a search you'll see what I mean. Some even come with videos or how to's.
I'm not a "one way" trainer. I'm an eclectic trainer & truthfully, most good trainers are eclectic. Most of the time a trainer's job is to teach a horse basic skills in order to have a solid foundation. Then that horse is either sold for someone to finish the way they want, or given back to the person so they can ride without the previous problems. However, if you're taking your horse to a trainer, you should be trained with your horse so you know how to cue him & work him so he responds to you. Most people don't do that, most folks take their horses to trainers & use their methods on the horse, which may or may not work. The reason I say this is because the trainer you take your horse to may not ride like you, may not handle your horse like you do, may not use the same cues as you do. Therefore there is a communication block between your newly trained horse & you.
Now that's not to say that most trainers don't use the same cues as virtually other trainers. Just consider the possibility that your trainer might use leg cues, pressure & release, & you use body weight shifts.
When one training method doesn't work for you, what do you do? Do you give up? Do you seek out a trainer's advice? Do you say this horse just won't learn what I'm teaching because he's set in his ways?
I have read many different teaching methods by the Parelli's, Buck Brannaman, Clinton Anderson, etc. Natural Horsemanship in general is a good way to go. Each teach the same thing, just a bit differently. There is the Native American way, the Cowboy way & then there are the I'm not sure what I'm doing, but I'm going to force my horse to do it anyways kind of way.
Whenever I see someone asking for help, I'll get as much information about the situation as I can, asses it as best as I can & offer a few different suggestions for the person to try. If that doesn't work, I'll research some more, rely on my past experiences of what worked & didn't & suggest more things to try. There is not a one size fit all for every horse. They are as versatile as dialects in language & you have to learn as many of these different ways of training in order to progress your horse to the next level. Sometimes if you are way over your head, going to a trainer is going to be the way to go. Even I get over my head at times, but it doesn't discourage me from trying something new or different.
I don't pretend to know everything about horses & training them. There will always be something new to learn or a different way of teaching the lessons. What drives me crazy is seeing someone say to someone else that there may not be anything that can be done.... there's always something you can try until you find what works. People want positive reinforcement & encouragement, not Well this is the end of the line because your horse is barn, herd, buddy sour now so just give up & let him be.
I hope that many will realize, what's good for the goose, isn't always good for the gander, but there is always more than one way to teach a horse something new, or change their behaviors.
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