Sean Coleman looks at the differences between the concepts of yielding to pressure and seeking relief and how adopting the Active, Neutral, Quit approach with your horse can motivate your partnership.
There are many techniques, strategies and sequences when it comes to training horses, but for me, it is the concepts of horse training that take your horsemanship to the next level. Techniques help you understand what to do and how to do it, and concepts help you understand when and why you're doing it. A mentor of mine would always say, "The one who knows why will always go further than the one who knows how." That is what concepts help you do.
Sean Coleman discusses our horse's mindset during the training process and makes us think about which one we encourage each time we interact with them.
I encourage people to learn how to read their horses' behaviour and learn how to affect it on the ground and in the saddle. If you can do this, you can learn how to teach your horse, and if you are a good teacher for your horse, you can essentially do anything. All you have to learn is the subject/discipline.
Raising a foal is one of the most rewarding experiences a horse owner can have. Seeing your young horse grow and develop into a healthy, happy adult is an incredible feeling. But it takes more than just good genes and a little luck to set your foal up for success - early learning is key. Sean Coleman shares his tips on how to make sure your foal gets off to a great start. Read on to find out more!
Breeding from one of your own mares to a stallion you have chosen can be one of the most exciting times in a horse owner's life. Particularly if you think this could be your next 'big show' prospect. Here are some suggestions on how we could set these young horses up to maximise their potential as our partners.
The back through is a common obstacle found at all levels in the trail class. This is usually presented as a slot between two poles and may include a change in direction in more advanced classes. Being able to back your horse up is a key skill to have for general riding and often necessary when out on a real trail ride.