Once you have decided what type of cow horse you want in your finished product and you have them soft in their face and guiding easily you are well on your way to having the horse of your dreams. A horse with a job that he likes to do is the result of deliberate and well laid plan followed with consistent guidance from a person that understands the animal and is there to help them to learn.
Time spaced repetition is necessary for the horse to grasp what is expected from him. This is not just practice as you might think. This time space repetition can only be beneficial when the handler puts it into practice in a certain way. Practice by itself will make permanent whatever is repeated over and over again. So, to avoid teaching your horse something that you don’t want you must develop a clear image of exactly what you want both you and your horse to look like when you arrive at your desired result. This mental picture will tell you when to do what and how much or how little you need to do to produce understanding and confidence in your horse. This is the certain way that I mentioned earlier.
It will be helpful for you to set long term goals and short-term ones as well, as you embark on this journey. These goals will motivate you to keep striving forward. The fact that you have these goals set will help you tremendously. The goal is a way to measure your progress. You might have to extent your arrival date if it looks like your horse needs more time to gain the confidence that is needed to do the task. This date movement does not mean defeat but rather it can give the horse a much better shot at developing into the best horse possible. There is nothing at all wrong with stretching yourself as well as your horse, but too much pressure can cause serious setbacks and can lead to irreversible damage to the Horses mind and body.
The value of a highly trained cow Horses is and will always be high. This value is largely due to the sheer number of hours that into the making of a cow horse. It can save you a lot of time by finding a person that has experience in developing Horses into the kind of cow horse that you have chosen to make. The old trial and error method that most people use will leave you a foot until you finally reach the place of humility where you can ask for help. It is a far better option to ask for help on this journey first and then to put the advice into practice. Even then you will have to do some experimenting to find out what fits you and your Horses style of learning the best. It is in fact a journey and that is a good thing because it is on these adventure that you learn about yourself you will be stretched and molded just as much as your horse will be. You will learn to trust in a process and to see into the future while you remain in the moment and are forever letting go of the past. The making of a cow horse is life changing for both you and your horse. Hang on and enjoy the ride.
Picture Your Ride,