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Is there a method to our madness or a theory we haven't tried?
How about a new piece of equipment, thinking that it will change things for the better. Training any horse and in any discipline will require methods, theories and good equipment.

Growing up on a large horse facility in Colorado, and progressing from 4H to Little Britches to class A shows, I had the opportunity to " bend the ears" of pros and amateur's alike and to look inside what these horsemen had to offer in their toolbox.

You and I strive to work towards a finished horse, trained ethically, humanely and safely. Developing strategies, having a specific plan each time we work on the ground or in the saddle. Never miss a good training opportunity. What works with one horse just might not work with others therefore it pays to keep as many tools in your box as possible.

If you believe one trainer knows it all and you ask them, I'll bet they would say that they don't.  But what most pros have is the ability to take the knowledge that they do have and READ the horse in order to make the best judgment call as to what tool to use. Then with understanding of TIMING, knowing when to use that tool. Put it this way - you go to work and OL Yeller decides he can't wait any longer and soils your carpet. When you show up two hours later and scold him, he has no idea what's going on other than you are upset and he gets no cookie.

Timing is super important and in my opinion, is the hardest tool to learn when training horses - how to be in the right spot at the right time. Think of reading, timing and then application, as tools needed to finish horses. Working like gears, all separate but working as one element - a combination of tools all used together. I will be asking trainers their thoughts on the methods, theories and equipment that they use in the blog and get your comments as well...

Jim Hall
Published on 2019-07-10