4 T's - Think • Timing • Trust • Time • Feel
The 4 T’s will apply to any horseman / woman, regardless of which training program you use, competitive or not. In fact the 4 T’s will apply to any relationship between human and animal.
Think before you ride, think before you do anything with your horse or young horses
- Ask yourself some questions like:
- What are your goals with your horse?
- Which training program are you going to use?
- What is your experience in horsemanship?
- What kind of horse is your horse and its background?
- Do you have good training equipment and do you know about safety for you and your horse?
Timing everything is about timing
- When you develop your horsemanship, timing is crucial
- A horse won’t learn if the timing is not right.
- Timing takes practice.
- In order to be able to cue your horse at the right time, you must understand when this should happen.
- Watch your horse’s reaction and your horse will tell you if you are doing it right or wrong.
Trust from your horse is important
- Knowledge, timing, dicipline, and consistency
- To be a good trustworthy horseman or woman you also need discipline and consistency, through your body language and commands. It’s like learning the A B C. Don’t move on to B until your horse is comfortable with A.
- Should you have problems when you reach C, then always go back to basics. Repeat A and B. That way you are building a solid foundation.
- We have to guide the horse, and the pressure & release methods are helping to let the horse know when its doing what we want, and when its not.
- Once all this comes together, your horse will start to trust you, and feel safe to perform for you.. You are building confidence in your horse. In return YOU get confident. It’s a circle. You will appear to be the wise leader to your horse.
Time learn to be patient
- Everything takes time. There is a time and place for everything in life
- Be patient and take your time, your horse will need time also.
- All horses are different. When you can see in its eyes its really tired and had enough mentally, STOP. Do something the horse is good at, and stop your lessons in a positive way.
- Perhaps let the horse have the next day off or a couple of days.
- Some horses need to be worked every day for a while before you let them have some time off, but others need a time off already the next day. To be aware of which horse to keep working and which horse needs time off, takes some practice.
- Keep at it and it will come to you. There’s no set of rules that can apply to every horse or person. Set small goals, and be happy when your horse is trying. First they have to try, and you release or back off, and build on that little try. It might take more time in the beginning working in that way, but once the horse understands, you have a more solid foundation on your horse, and you will be surprised how ‘fast’ you move on then.
- Time is crucial as you want a willingly guided horse.
- Take your time to get the feel of your horse, and let your horse get the feel of you. Slow down, don't rush things.
To give young horses the right start and build a good solid foundation will shape your horse and have a great effect on how your horse will learn everything else in the future.
Horses develop quicker physically. Don’t forget they need time to grow MENTALLY. Work with their minds and things will come to you all in good time. To work with their minds, you must be able to move their feet. It’s a circle.
The 4 T’s and the feel is an important part of our horse training program at Eagle Tree Ranch.