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At some point he'll stop coming any closer. (Note: If your horse doesn't want to come any closer, it could very well be because he's still a little scared of you - which is exactly why petting the horse often, letting it know that you're not going to hurt it, is important.) When this happens, there are three good fixes. First, as soon as he gets "as close as he's going to get," turn abruptly on your heels and walk away like you don't give a hoot. Don't try to pet him, instead act nonchalant. Hang out on the other side of the arena for about thirty seconds. This simple act piques the horse's curiosity and causes him to actually step in closer. Second, (and this always works), walk towards his hip, asking it to creep forward as you did earlier - then try the same thing on the other side. Alternate moving the horse from the left then the right, easing him forward. You may find it more expedient to concentrate more on one side than the other, but you get the idea: Causing him to cross the back leg closest to you in front of the other causes him to creep forward - whether he wants to do so or not. Finally, fix number three is simply this: Try sending the horse back out and around with more speed. Oftentimes his increased momentum will break the stand-off, bringing him in closer.

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Good Now Bad Later: Why Does This Happen?

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Good Now Bad Later: Why Does This Happen?

When you train your horse, both of you have to sweat. And you have to stay focused. Keep Flicka going on a specific exercise(s) and keep her going consistently until you see improvement. When you get on your horse to train it, you've got a job to do. It's your mission to see some improvement, no matter how small, before you get off. After all, if you're training, you're not joy riding. Joy riding is when you're walking down the trail, laughing and hanging out with your friends and your horse is traveling on a loose rein. Joy rides happen after - and because of - your training and hard work.

It's all the hard work you do that gets you to the point where you're safely able to go out and trail ride or show your horse.

How long should you train when you do climb up there? The simple answer is that it's not the amount of time spent that trains your horse; its' the quality of time. It's not a matter of riding your horse a certain number of times per week for a particular amount of time. It's how consistent you are when you ride.

"Consistency" means you don't stop after two minutes and talk to friends. It means you maintain your concentration. It means you do the exercise, pause a couple of seconds, then repeat it... over and over and over.

In the beginning you won't see much improvement - but that's to be expected. You need to keep pushing that horse to focus and make a change. If you don't go long enough, then you've done the same thing (the exercise or movement) over and over - but not enough to have caused a change.

Remember, your horse is learning a movement when he's doing it wrong, not when he's doing it right. That's the funny part. It's when he's doing it wrong that he's learning it. If you come out pick up the reins and the horse just accidentally stumbles upon what it is you wanted him to do, then the horse doesn't really know what he did that was right. But if he pulls for an hour, pulling up, pulling down, speeding up, slowing down, doing everything he can think of, then he finally finds, when I release, that he's found the answer. What he's learned is that all the mistakes he made are not the answer. The longer it takes, the better he'll have learned it in the end.

Every time you teach an exercise, your horse will go through the same learning cycle. He'll go from "Bad" to "Good" to "Worse" to "Not So Bad" to "Learned." That's the typical cycle: Bad. Good. Worse. Not so bad. Learned.

You know "Good." "Good" is where we get excited. It's the part where we want to show off to our friends. We want to show somebody how soft our horse has become, so we walk over to brag to somebody, pick up our reins and the horse sticks his nose straight out, stiff as a board. We're embarrassed and our friends snicker. We've just entered the "worse" stage. It's the part where "he was getting it but now he's not."

It's during the "worse" part where we typically second-guess our training. "The horse was good but now he's worse. I must be doing something wrong." You begin to think you need to change what you're doing. "Maybe my hand's in the wrong position" or "I'm using too little pressure." You begin to think you're doing something that's not correct. That's when we're most likely to change what we're doing. But that's the most important time for us to not change, to keep on doing what we're doing. You've got to get through this stage by being consistent. Keep doing the same thing over and over so that the horse realizes all the movements that are "mistakes" and which single movement is correct. It's consistency and time that teach your horse.

So, it'll go from bad to good to worse and then to "not so bad." During this period he'll do okay - but not as good as before. You'll be thinking "He's not as bad as he was yesterday; he's certainly better - but he's not as good as he was just 10 minutes ago." Keep pushing through to the final stage: "Learned."

At the end of the cycle your horse will actually have learned the exercise. And you will have had to go through all of the stages before arriving here - otherwise, he's never actually learned it. If sometimes your horse comes to you and sometimes he doesn't, if she sometimes bucks but sometimes doesn't, then your horse was never pushed through it's training to the final stage of "learned."

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Keith Hosman
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Clinician and Trainer

Utopia, TX (Hill Country of San Antonio)

Keith Hosman is based in San Antonio, TX and is available for clinics, lessons and training. He frequently travels to Los Angeles, CA and Kansas City, MO where he partners with fellow clinician Patrick Benson for clinics and demonstrations. You can find him on Google+ and Reddit

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Josh Lyons
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Cross Plains, TN

Josh Lyons inherited his father's stamina, patience, and talent for getting positive results from both horses and people. As Josh says, "Knowledge and patience are the only tools that you need to bring with you into your barn."�Josh currently trains out of his ranch in Cross Plains, TN.
 
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