Horses become part of our family unit very quickly. Every horse just like every person has a different personality.
1) Just like there are bad people there are bad horses. A rider's personality may clash with a rider's so be sure to spend plenty of time with a horse before deciding to bring them home. Horses all learn differently so we must use patience .A technique that worked with one horse may not work with another.
2) Horses with proper care and training will readily accept a human as a leader. Horses have a highly developed language. It takes time for one to learn to read horses and communicate with them on their own terms. Remember that being a 'Horse Listener' is more productive than being a 'Horse Whisperer.'
3) Remember that interaction is training. You must be consistent with your interaction and your training. Never alter your interaction or training techniques because your surroundings change. Here are easy and successful steps one can take when teaching your horse a routine:
a. Break the routine down into actions. b. Get him to perform the desired actions. c. Combine the actions into a routine. d. Associate the routine with a cue. - The initial cue will be explicit and the final cue will be implied.
4) Remember that you can't train your horse if you are unable to catch him! You cannot teach a horse to load if you cannot lead him. Before you train him to load you must first teach him the following; a. Respect - Stay out of my space. b. Give to implied pressure c. Lead on either shoulder or behind me. d. Give the hindquarters and on the fore. e. Stand still on "WAIT". f. "Go Forward". g. Back up with a tug on his tail.
5) While training be nurturing and patient. Horses learn in small increments. Keep your training sessions brief. You cannot train a horse in a day. Two thirty minute sessions, one in morning and one in the evening are better than hours of intensive training. Keep in mind that horses will get better, than worse, than better with each session so do not be impatient. Don't get mad or frustrated.
6) Horses are split brained, you must train both the left and right sides. Horses do not make logical "If then" associations.
If you teach your horse to "keep your distance" at a walk, then you must teach it again at a trot, and again at a canter.
7) Horses will be most comfortable if the preform their routines in familiar surroundings. Because horses are prey animals 'different' means danger.
8) Horses never forget and are strongly empathic. Like people horses do distinguish between people. It is easier when training a horse to work with a blank slate than it is reprogramming an all ready trained horse.
9) Never ask your horse to do something that you are unsure he can do instead train hi to do it then make the request.
10) Always remember that horses are not possessions, but members of your extended family. Show them only love and respect...horses never forget.