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The 12 Commandments of Horsemanship
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- Thereís not enough room in that saddle for you & your temper.
Your anger makes it harder for your horse to please you, & blinds you to the lesson s/he is offering.
- Listen to your horse.
If youíre not getting the answer you think you want, try listening for the answer the horse is giving you.
- Make every moment count.
Every time youíre with your horse, s/he is changed in some way. Itís up to you to ensure that change is a positive one.
- Always part on a good note.
Whatever state you leave your horse in is where youíll pick up next time.
- Look for an opportunity to learn.
Your horse is a better teacher than you are.
- Trust & respect are earned, not owed.
Neither are automatic, for you or the horse.
- Feed the body, nourish the mind.
A horseís body needs food, exercise & rest to remain athletic. The mind is fed by challenge, grows strong by learning & is rejuvenated by success.
- Look at things from the horseís perspective.
Horse problems are really people problems. Never chastise a horse for behaving like a horse.
- Ask in a way the horse can understand.
If you donít get what you expected, you either asked the question wrong, or you asked the wrong question.
- Think hard, act softly.
Responsiveness comes from feel, not from force. Think about your movements, & pay attention to the horseís response.
- Donít beat yourself up, & donít beat the horse up.
Instead of forcing a difficult issue, take a break & do something the horse does well. This builds confidence in the horse, & boosts his/her trust in you.
- Acknowledge every effort.
A little praise at the right time goes a long way, but an ignored effort is never forgotten. Donít ask a trying horse to try harder.