Lyons Training 101
Issue Number: Five
If Your Horse Ain't Broke - Fix It!
written by Josh Lyons & Keith Hosman
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Issue Five, Part 1 of 4
Your Horse Is Going To Spook -
Are You Ready?
It's not a matter of "if" your horse spooks, it's "when." It's not a matter of how broke your horse is. Sooner or later it will see something that makes it spook. You can't control your environment so you can't blame your environment. If somebody comes up and throws something at your horse or drops something in front of your horse, and your horse spooks and you get bucked off, it's not their fault and it's not the horse's fault. The first thing you do may be to blame that person - but it's not their fault that your horse bolted or spooked. It has nothing to do with them. It has to do with the fact that you lost control of your horse. It's your fault. Because if you put your safety in their hands, you're guaranteed to get hurt. It's your responsibility to train and ride your horse correctly. Too many things can happen.
People who don't know anything about horses may come around your horse. Your horse has to be trained to keep them safe. Other riders will do things around your horse that doesn't bother their horses. Maybe they're not bothered by things coming up suddenly behind them or hitting their horse. They'll do things that they and their horses are used to - without a thought to whether your horse is "used to" it or not. Their horses is broke to this kind of stuff and they'll assume yours is too. But when all of a sudden something happens to scare your horse you can't blame them after you went and placed your safety in their hands. It's your job, your responsibility to make sure that you have control of your horse no matter what somebody else does around your horse. It's your safety, don't ever put it in somebody else's hands, because I promise you you'll get hurt.
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Lyons Training 101: Issue Five, Part 1
"Learning to Ride a Horse: Ready for Your Next Spook?"
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