‘Every Try Counts’
Allow me to ask a question. Say I asked you, ‘how much does a full grown elephant weigh? Your answer was, 2 tons or three tons or you said you didn’t know. After you gave your answer you were slapped upside your head and was told stupid, that’s not the answer….. What would be your response? Would you be mad for being called stupid? I bet you would… or you should be. Would you be angry for me using a condescending tone of voice because you got it wrong? Probably!
What if I asked you a series of questions and you got them wrong and you could see me getting increasingly agitated because you were just not getting it. What would your demeanor be at this point? Would you begin to become less unsure of yourself even if you knew the next answer? Thought so! Me too!!
Would you want to be around me anymore? Nope! Would you even like me after that? Probably not.
Ask yourself why… Why would you feel those feelings? You at least tried to answer correctly, didn’t you? So what if you were wrong, you tried. Shouldn’t you have been given some credit for at least trying? Sure..
What am I getting at, what does this have to do with horses? Good question!
The point is, when we are working with horses and they give us a try, ‘That Counts’. We have to be patient when it comes to horses. As we get older we begin to know what is important when it comes to being with horses. We have to have that certain Feel. Feel is timing, balance and patience.
When a horse tries to do what it is we are asking our timing has to be in line with our release of pressure. When our release is timed right then the horse begins to look for that point.
Funny thing is, people make the BIG mistake of releasing at the wrong moment and the horse learned that’s what you wanted even though that’s not what you wanted.Yet, we accidentally taught him the wrong thing and we get mad for him doing the wrong thing when it was on us… Patience is a must when it comes to horses and ‘Every try Counts’.