“𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲. 𝐈𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐲.” - 𝐂𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐀𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧
What a great weekend at the Downunder Horsemanship #WalkaboutTourFranklinTN!
Whether it’s colt starting or trailer loading or desensitizing a horse for the trail, the biggest lesson that Clinton drilled into us over the past 2 days was that consistency is the key to success with your horse(s). It’s not about how many hours you put into your horse each week, but rather, adhering to the same training schedule as much as possible. Horses are creatures of habit. As a flight animal, they can easily become upset or anxious by the unknown.
Horses will not make any improvement if they are not worked with regularly. Horses are just like children, they learn best with consistency and repetition.
When you teach a kid how to read, you don’t just show them the alphabet once and then say, “Go read the book.” You practice going through it every day until they recognize those letters and understand how they fit together to make words. Then you can progress to teaching them how to read; first by introducing simple sentences and then moving up to more complex ones.
Horses are the same — they learn best through repetition. The more consistent you are in both the way you cue your horse and how often you work with them, the faster they will progress through training. Regularly working with your horse gives them a chance to understand what you are teaching and will help ensure that they remember the lesson.