Start with your ‘Non-Negotiables’
Something I see happening a lot with novice riders is that they ‘jump ship’ as soon as a better offer appears.
Remember, consistency is essential when working with horses. It can be applied either way and how you apply it will dictate your results…
So What Is a Boundary?
You must clearly communicate your boundaries to those they impact or affect.
One of the easiest ways to discover when a boundary has been crossed is by becoming aware of how you feel.
Creating Your Boundaries
- The time it requires from you each week
- How you train
- Who you train with
- What you are willing to do
- What you are not willing to do
- Training methods
- Training aids
- Artificial aids
- How much money you will invest
- Your safety
- The horse you work with…
Setting Boundaries with Your Horse
- Standing still
- Catching from the field or paddock
- Tacking up
- Mounting up
- Transitions between gaits
- Lateral work
- Your aids…
Boundaries affect everything when it comes to riding and showing up as a trainer for your horse. Do you allow your horse to walk or turn while you mount up? The keyword here is ‘allow’. What you let happen, over and over, is what you tell your horse is okay to do.
Your horse’s behavior, both on the ground and in the saddle, is because of the boundaries he has been taught.
Boundaries to Develop Your Riding (and Your Horse)
As a rider, one of your greatest responsibilities is to allow your horse to being ‘owning’ his part of the performance or the ride.
Slowly overtime, your boundaries will become his boundaries. Your boundaries will the how he strengthens himself and develops himself, physically and mentally.
Boundaries on the Ground with Your Horse
Clearly defined and enforced boundaries allow horse and rider to truly work as a team, together.
How your horse is showing up at the yard is a reflection of how you are showing up.
Communicating Your Boundaries
The success of boundaries depends on how well they are enforced.
Other Episodes, Posts, and Resources on This Topic
- Groundwork for Riding – Successfully Take the Conversation from the Ground into the Saddle
- Groundwork; The Bookends in Your Riding
- Lunging for Riding – The Program
- Groundwork – Pressure & Release
- The Daily Strides Podcast
- The Free Group filled with other like-minded riders
- 2020 Equestrian Fitness Challenge