Brevity may be the soul of wit, as Polonius said in Hamlet, but I have yet to manage it. Still, I’m going to try, since it’s frustratingly difficult to find time to blog these days.
So let’s cut to the chase.
How do you correct your horse’s mistakes?
First, it’s important to ask yourself why your horse is making a mistake. Is he just learning? Does a physical problem (lack of fitness, pain, etc.) keep him from being able to do what you’re asking? Do you expect too much too soon? Is your horse a loser? A jerk? Satan? Or…is it all your fault?
I hate to say it (well, actually that’s not true and as you can see, I’m really having trouble with this brevity thing) but chances are it is all your fault. Don’t despair. I’m here to help.
My first advice is to stop thinking about your horse making mistakes, don’t blame him or her, and start thinking about how you can help.
When your horse makes a mistake, you’ve ruled out a physical problem and your horse is not a rogue (a term I don’t apply lightly), then your horse’s mistake is one of two things: