Full Circle Equestrian Center
Overbrook, OK
Desensitization works to get the horse used to
scary things around them.  It again teaches
them to trust us, to go where we ask and
understand that we are not going to put them
in any danger.
of objects on and around them.  It helps build
trust in you and a great relationship between
you and your horse.
Below - working with the babies early teaches them how to trust us as
well as get them used to a lot of things.  It makes training them as they
get older much easier!
 
Training tips

When training a horse, it is so important to remember consistency and repetition.  This is how a horse learns.  You HAVE to be
consistent and give the horse the same cue each time so that they can remember it.  We can't change things on them as we go,
or we'll never get the job done!  A lot of folks just don't think about what they're doing up there on the back of the horse (or even
on the ground, for that matter!).  

A horse learns from repetition.  The more we do it (correctly), the better they will remember it.  Every time you interact with your
horse, either getting it  out of the pasture, tying it, grooming, tacking up, or riding, we are teaching our horse something.  If we
are consistent, our horse learns to give us the correct answer every time.

I think of the horses as children.  Yes, they are going to try you at times, but you have to remember not to give in - even once!  If
you are on a trail ride and you allow your horse to lean down and eat grass, don't you think they will try every time they pass a
nice patch of green stuff?  But if you yank or kick on them the next time, what does that tell them?  It tells them you are not
consistent and therefore not a good leader.  You start to lose their respect.

A horse can be taught to do anything at any cue.  For example, when I am trail riding, I do like to allow my horse to eat
occasionally.   However, it is on MY terms.  I have the horse stop, then I scratch on the withers and release the reins.  The horse
is allowed to drop their head and eat.  If I do NOT scratch the withers, the horse is not allowed to drop their head.  They learn to
stand and wait for that cue.

The point I am trying to make is that YOU need to be responsible for your horse's actions.  If you allow it, the horse will do it.  If
you are firm but consistent, your horse will learn to be compliant and willing to conform.  If you are timid and not a leader, the
horse will become the leader.

It is all up to you.......
left, you will see step by
step what we do when
starting a horse under
saddle.  This takes a lot
of time - it don't just
happen overnight!  But if
you follow the proper
steps, making the horse
comfortable with the
entire process, then you
have a good, calm,
gentle horse when you
get done.  It's a
partnership - not
dominance.  You get a
willing partner, not one
that is afraid of you....
Refreshing Petra, a shetland/hackney mix.  She was a rescue, and had
supposedly ridden and driven before.  Gave her a refresher course and she
was awesome!