GaWaNi Pony Boy
The bible of North American Horsemanship, Horse, Follow Closely is GaWaNi Pony Boy's signature title about the relationship training methods that are steeped. For the first time, GaWaNi Pony Boy will hold a “gathering” in Texas. His gatherings focus on Relationship Training® or what he defines as “using the horses. PONY BOY: It's -- relationship training is what I teach people. I travel around the world teaching people how to better their relationship with their.
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Before I discuss the solution, allow me to illustrate the reason for the problem. At the root of this problem is the phrase "next time". I have learned over the years that you should take care of obstacles at the time they occur. This is often the most inconvenient, inopportune time to deal with the problem.
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The learning curve usually looks something like this: You get up in the middle of the night and on your way to the bathroom, you stub your toe on the same dresser that you have stubbed your toe on 30 other times. At the time of the collision, during the height of agony, you utter something like, "What is that dresser doing right where someone can trip over it?! The first time was hard enough. Most people simply do not know what to do in this situation.
I have seen this cycle turn into a circus with the horse moving in circles around the rider, all the while, the rider adding fuel to the fire by physically reprimanding the horse. This is a downward spiral and can easily end in an injury. The third part of this problem is that the only time that the problem is thought about is while it is occurring. When do you think about your horse moving forward while you are trying to mount? Most of us only think about it when we are trying to mount, and we forget the situation shortly thereafter.
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As with most other training difficulties, we must disassemble the problem, examine the parts of the problem, and then work on the problem in a controlled environment. There is nothing you can do to fix the problem while it is occurring.
You cannot attempt to teach a horse to stop during a runaway horse situation. You cannot teach horses about chainsaws while encountering your first chainsaw on a trail ride. It is best not to teach a horse how to load onto the trailer in the middle of a veterinary emergency. We need to teach these skills so that when we need to rely on them, we can rely on them.
So, what do we do for the horse that wants to move forward every time we step into the stirrup? First, we disassemble the problem.
As I see it, the horse understands that after you get in the saddle, the next thing that you do is move forward. The horse is merely anticipating your cues, and horses are notorious anticipators. The horse understands that when you get in the saddle, you move forward.
This is important to keep in the back of our minds because after we fix the mounting problem, we are going to begin to ask for a step backwards or a side step. This is really an extension of the acclimation or "sacking out" exercise.
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In this exercise 5 in the Horse, Follow Closely Video Set we convince the horse that it is more comfortable to stand and tolerate some mild discomfort rather than following his instincts to move away from the discomfort.
We start with the horse, at liberty, in the classroom. In his early days of training, Pony used common sense and the trial and error method.
Pony starting teaching and touring with NAH and RT inand has booked almost solidly ever since. Pony prefers to hold gatherings for NAH and RT versus a clinic or seminar because they are a bit more personal and intensive.How to Gain Trust, Build Confidence & Relationship: Bandit's 1st Round Pen Session
During RT Pony discussed the foundation exercises that every horse and rider should be able to perform prior to moving into any specific style or discipline of riding. This method not only works well with starting colts, but is very effective in diagnosing and correcting problems that the horse and rider may be experiencing.
RT exercises focus on the building a strong relationship between horse and rider naturally and in a non-rushed fashion. Native Americans believed they were charged with the stewardship of the earth and its animals, they did not believe that they were to rule, subdue, or preside over the animals. It is very important for you as the horse owner, to be the leader your horse is looking for. In the wild where there are the hunters and the hunted, the hunted animals are also herd animals.
In the herd, there are always challenges between the herd members to determine the pecking order of leadership. Developing the status of leader between horse and rider is also a constant challenge. Pony states that there is only one thing that stands between the horse and rider performing as one — communication. If the communication is there, the horse and rider can do anything together. Horses have incredible memories and their reward for performing a task correctly is nothing more than not being punished.
Pony believes that one of the most critical ways to establish communication and trust is to spend time with your horse.