In my experience of training, I have begun to realize that many impact their horses much more than they understand. From how you use your hands, to just how you move in general. I have been training my own for since I could remember. My first horse was actually the horse I own now, and I trained all the others I had after her as well. So far, I have learned so much! For example, in 2015 I had a gelding named Brady who always had a hard time wanting to come to me. He would see me in the field and bolt. Hopeless, I called his previous owner as we are good friends. She asked me, "How are you facing him? Are your palms faced outward? Are you showing aggression or impatience?" I was speechless. I was not surprised that my impatience was turning him away, but my palms? As it turns out, some horses study your body language in a way that can make them feel threatened. I took this information straight to heart. I began to run back to my house and grab a blanket. I laid the blanket down and sat down with it. After about two hours, he came to me.
Groundwork, Groundwork, Groundwork! Groundwork is so important when it comes to building a great horse. I have always been a huge believer in ground work and have always been passionate about it. Beginning 2014 I started groundwork with my 23 year old mare at the time, Sierra. The groundwork than led to liberty, which led to being able to do literally anything on her. Groundwork is so important, whether it is just lunging, or if it is just walking in a round pen with them. I don't know about you, but my mare is so needy! She loves affection and loves when I give it to her. Any kind of groundwork can help. I believe groundwork teaches patience and you just can't have a good horse without it. Bringing me to my next topic.
Patience, the final and probably most expected topic. Just be patient! I have trained many two year old's from the ground up and I have made many mistakes from not being patient. I am such a stickler when it comes to getting what I want and instead of going slow and getting correct results, I tended to push and get incorrect results. I have learned a lot and all of us equestrians know patience is one of the hardest things to be. Be patient and calm. I promise you will get what you want!