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Training Tip: Partner With the Right Horse

When you begin your horsemanship journey, try to pick a horse that will help you learn and will build your confidence as opposed to one that wants to wreck your confidence and intimidate you. I’m a firm believer in the theory that horses teach people, and then people teach horses – in that exact order – meaning that when you first start riding try to buy a horse that will actually teach you. The horse that you start with should be safe, controlled and respectful. He’ll build your confidence and teach you the basics. Once you’ve reached a certain level of riding ability and confidence, you’ll more than likely outgrow that particular horse’s ability. Instead of trying to change him into something he can’t be, you can find him another home where he’ll be loved and appreciated and can help someone else learn. At that point, you can move on to a horse that is more naturally talented and is suited to your needs. As your horsemanship knowledge and riding ability increase, it’ll be your job to start teaching horses what you know. That is the second part of the theory – people teach horses.