Horse Training and Showing
Riders and horses that compete prepare through a training process that aids participation skills and showmanship. Horse competitions require the people participating to have a certain level of experience and knowledge. Due to this, horse trainers put an extensive amount of time and effort into having to train their hose, prepare their horse, and participate in horse shows and events.
The training aspect that goes into preparing a horse for showing can begin soon after a horse is born. The earliest a horse trainer could begin training a newborn horse is only after they have been weaned off of their mother for a few days. Once this has been accomplished, the horse trainer may begin putting the horse through the process of knowing what they need to know so they are able to take part in shows once they are ready enough. The horse is first put through learning the basics, being taught to understand when it must stop, to go when the rider clucks their ...view middle of the document...
Positive reinforcement is rewarding the horse with something they love or giving them attention. In contrast, negative reinforcement would be adding pressure and stopping said pressure immediately only upon the rider being obeyed by the horse. If the horse does not obey a command, making the pressure louder does not do any good, for instead the rider should keep the pressure it has on the horse until it becomes annoying enough to where they will stop what they are doing. The pressure given when training the horse when wishing for them to obey a certain command must be methodical and consistent so the horse will understand, otherwise the pressure will leave the horse anxious and unwilling to listen instead.
Just as the horse goes through training, the rider must also train themselves as well so they are prepared for handling and riding a horse and are aware of what they should and should not do. The rider should know the basics of how to correctly mount a horse and use the reins to control it combined with the use of their hands, legs, voice, and body position which they are usually taught by the instructor teaching them how to ride properly. A rider must learn that their voice is their most valuable source of communication with the horse, for their tone is what the horse pays attention to while it is being ridden and will respond accordingly. If the horse is following directions, then a simple “Good boy/girl” is enough, while saying “no” when it has done bad will tell it that it has done wrong. Once some of the basics have been learned, riding can become an enjoyable experience for the rider whether they intend on taking part in competitions or merely wish to learn how to ride a horse as a hobby.
The rider and horse being properly trained in what they must know while riding together is only one of the important things to know when riding horses, for preparing themselves is also just as important to ensure that there is less probability of something bad happening.
Draper, Judith, Debby Sly, and Sarah Muir. Complete Book of Horses and Riding. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Inc., 2003. Print.
Wright, Gordon. Learning to Ride, Hunt, and Show. New and rev. ed. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company. 1996. Print.