By: Dr. Mike Guerini (www.dunmovinranch.com)
Five Truths for Great Horsemanship
#1 – Time spent leads to success.
If you want to improve your riding, get to the barn, ride, take lessons, go to clinics, and ask questions of people that ride better than you.
#2 – Your Hands controlling the Horse’s feet leads to success.
If you can ride softly and speak to your horse through the reins and have control over the front and rear legs of your horse you are on the road to success.
#3 – Watch yourself or someone else ride your horse.
When you can step back and see what your horse does, how she moves, how she flexes/bends, how she responds, you are on the road to better understanding of your horse.
#4 – Ride the horse between your legs.
Do not get on a horse and expect him/her to be exactly like another horse you have ridden. Each horse is unique and you need to ride the one that is between your legs. Another way of saying this is do not expect one horse to be like another – make goals and plans for that specific horse.
#5 – Cross-training for you and your horse develops leadership, confidence, and skill.
Teach your horse something different and you will connect with his/her mind. When you connect with the mind, you teach new skills, gain confidence and the horse realizes you can lead.
Dr. Mike Guerini is a clinician, author of multiple Horsemanship books, co-inventor of the Equine Hydro-T and specializes in western performance based instruction and you can learn more about Dr. Mike and his 6 C’s of Horsemanship at www.dunmovinranch.com. Dun Movin Ranch is also home to the Equine Hydro-T (www.hydrot.com).