Horsemanship

Be patient, perceptive and sensitive to your horse’s state of mind, it’s needs and fears.

•Try to see the world through its eyes.

•Be consistent and correct, predictable towards the horse so that it can rely on you without confusion.

•Be realistic in your demands, of yourself and of your horse.

•Maintain perspective.

•Practice forethought, anticipation and planning.

•Practice self discipline, never act in temper or in haste.

•Possess and practice quiet confidence around horses.

•Possess rapport with your horse as an individual, capable of emotion and pain.

Respect and respond to your horse as a noble and honest animal, naturally gentle and complying which resists from fear and lack of understanding rather than obstinancy or vice.

•Respect it for what it is, rather than what you imagine or wish it to be.

•Strive for co-operation through mutual trust, respect, and understanding.

•Be quietly persistent, but learn when to retreat to avoid confrontation.

•Take nothing for granted.

•Practice self-analysis, recognise the abilities and limitations of both you and your horse.

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