Horses have bad days too. It didn’t take me long to realize this, but even still at times find it hard to accept. I often feel the need to put pressure on myself (and in turn my horses), to make behaviors “consistent” or improving every day. However, I have realized I was completely missing the point! Consistency should not be in the behaviors themselves, but in the training methods and trainers attitude. This will be much more successful in maintaining behaviors and a good relationship with the horse, then trying to force behaviors or not breaking them down effectively. Training is not a linear process, its OK to “regress” or go down an approximation. There are many factors that we don’t even consider or notice that can contribute to a horse not performing their best a certain day. This goes for us too! If we are having a bad day and don’t think we will be the best trainer for our horse, that’s OK! It is OK to not work on things that you know might incur frustration in yourself, if you don’t feel like you are in the mindset to deal with it. Acknowledging the fact that you (or your horse) are just not at your best, and structuring your session accordingly, will usually bring much better results than choosing to push through. Just because something isn’t happening today doesn’t mean it won’t tomorrow. It is best to find a place where you and your horse can be successful even if it doesn’t meet your original goal.
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