Thank you for “Training By Reward” (EQUUS 481). Years ago I was an apprentice for a trainer. She taught me everything described in this article, and I’m so thankful for it. I could never quite put this stuff into words but this wonderful article does.
Over the years I have witnessed quite a few people missing those ever so important “right timings.” Some are simply oblivious to the small progress the horse has made. They are only focused on the big picture, not realizing each accomplishment is only achieved with many baby steps in between.
I used to be that way, too, until I was taught to be more in tune with my horse. Breaking things down into baby steps and noticing the small changes was one of the most important lessons I learned. I’m happy to say that trainer and I are still friends and I continue to learn from her. As the saying goes, “You can never stop learning with horses.” Name withheld upon request