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What to do when your horse gets bored?

boringWhen novice riders start a new method, then - after practicing the basics a few times - they often say that 'their horse gets bored'.

Now most of the time it's a projection of their own 'boredom';

  • When a rider is only practicing the 'names' of the exercise and not really the 'essence', that might lead to loss of interest.
  • And when a rider is only concentrating on the WHAT of an exercise and not on the WHY, that might lead to a 'dull' training.
  • Boredom also comes from if you start to compare with yesterday and when you start to expect, when you stop having an open mind for all the tiny details, when you stop being just interested in what happens, or when you stop having a beginner's mind. 

So oftentimes the boredom comes from not really knowing WHY you do WHAT you do or when you lose curiosity.

Or it comes from not knowing the Bigger Picture; not knowing where you are now, what’s coming next and what you're heading for. That might make you feel aimless.

Now when you don't know why you do what you do and where to go, how would your horse know?

So never lose sight of the Bigger Picture - always start with the end goal in mind.

And never lose sight of the essence - always start with why.

Plus don't lose your investigating mind.

And remember:

  • ST has 5 training pillars: groundwork, longeing, work in hand, riding and liberty
  • and in each training pillar you can practise over 20 exercises,
  • which you can all do in walk, trot and canter,
  • in collection and extension,

so many, many variants are available. It's up to you to school yourself as a true horse trainer!

And then you'll find out one day, that you cannot decide what to train: because you have too many options.... that don't fit all in one hour....  😉

Plus you'll find out that the beauty is in the basics!

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Feel free to join the free 4 part Mini Mastery Course to take the first steps on your path of becoming a real Straightness Trainer!

Get inspired by several captivating horse training examples in the ST Mini Mastery Course!

This really is worth watching - not only useful insights and tips, but also seeing the learning stages that both a less experienced and more experienced horse had to go through to achieve the desired results.

All 4 video clips are accompanied by easy to understand theory and explanations, which makes it easy to follow and the processes even more clear!

Plus the downloadable manuals are very informative, useful and helpful!

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How to deal with imperfect conditions?

perfect-conditions

  • What if your arena turns into a swimming pool every time it rains?
  • And afterwards are in the mud?
  • What to do if you are covered in snow?
  • What if your outdoor arena is covered in a sheet of ice?
  • And the ground is slick and slippery?
  • What if you have nowhere to go to practice because of the hot sun?

Well you could do just nothing and wait....

But if you wait for the perfect conditions you'll never get anything done!

So here are some ideas and alternatives on how to deal with imperfect conditions.

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Get Better Quality Problems

get-better-quality-problemsThe #1 problem most riders have is that they think "you’re not supposed to have any problems". But the problem isn't that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem. The only problem we really have is we think we're not supposed to have problems 😉
 
Riders want to have no problems in their lives as a horse trainer, but don’t realize that if this was the case they wouldn’t grow or become stronger. Remember, the path of resistance will always make you grow. Without problems we would not grow.

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4 Simple Steps to Design Your Year!

Resolutions, yes or no? That's always the question around this time of the year!

4-simple-stepsI think it's a good idea to make resolutions, because it commits you to growth and development next year!

So yes, now is a good time to make resolutions for the New Year!

But what’s more important: to make REALISTIC resolutions, so you don’t give up on them after 2 or 3 weeks!

Therefore it’s important to see the purpose of your resolutions, to see the BIGGER PICTURE, so you will commit to your resolutions.

This article will help you clarify what you really want, and it will give you some interesting issues to ponder about, so you can make empowering resolutions for the New Year.

Check out this article for 4 simpel steps to design YOUR year just to make sure you'll follow through on your New Year's Resolutions:

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