Technique, Timing and Temperament

These are sometimes referred to as the three “T’s” of training. Work on your technique, be clear and precise and always check and correct the riders position to be most effective. The timing of the aids is critical, learn when the feet are leaving the ground so that you apply the aid at the actual moment when it is possible to directly influence the horse. And most important of all, Temperament, that is of the rider, not the horse. The rider must be relaxed, calm and confident. Nothing can be accomplished with force, anger or frustration. Perhaps the rider is working above the horse’s level or ability. When this occurs, go back to walk and relax, do something easy before going back to the movement that resulted in frustration or call it a day and go on a hack. The rider must always be fair to the horse by clearly communicating and do not forget to listen to the horse.