10 Principles of Confident Horsemanship

  1. Give your horse what he needs so he can give you what you want.

    Confident Horsemanship = A Happy Horse & Rider

  2. Training takes as long as it takes.  Let go of  your personal deadlines. Never rush your horse.
  3. Communicate clearly and concisely and in a way that makes sense to your horse.
  4. Stay in the moment and be observant of your horse’s response; your environment and your body language.
  5. Start small and build up – use the lightest amount of energy required; break things down to the smallest step.
  6. Light hands close slowly and open quickly … and they never, ever pull or jerk.
  7. As soon as your horse responds, stop asking.
  8. Always stay in the moment with your horse.  Be pro-active rather than reactive
  9. Have calm confidence – leave your emotions and your ego at the farm gate.
  10. Know when to walk away.  Find a good note to end on even if you have to go back to something simple. (Goes along with Principle #9).
The photo is of Tracey and her horse, Sorcerer, during the 3 day clinic at Hobby Horse Farm in Coldbrook, Nova Scotia last month.  This is what it’s all about. 

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2 thoughts on “10 Principles of Confident Horsemanship

  1. These Principles should be posted in enormous letters in every barn, stable, and arena. 9 is probably the most important, maybe it should be #1? I’ve met a couple people who devoted more time to impressing the people around them in how ‘they could handle a horse” than to actually dealing with the horse.

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