The 12 Fundamentals

01

Fundamentals

Together we can make training fun for you and your horse.

02

It is a language

It is more than a system, it is a language. Together we can learn to communicate our intentions clearly with our horse, using a combination of body language cues and instant accurate feedback.

03

Food is good

Rewarding desired behaviour with food has scientific benefits. Food stimulates licking and chewing, which helps the horse access the parasympathetic nervous system (the part responsible for “resting and digesting”). Your horse can only learn in this calm relaxed state. Together we can stay calm and learn more.

04

Punishment is bad

If you punish your horse he will stop trying for you. Together we can 
learn there is a better way.

05

Finding neutral

Together we can find neutral, a calm relaxed state where learning can take place - for both you and your horse.

06

The invisible box

When you sit on your horse, your bit, your reins and your legs create an "Invisible Box". It has the tendency to trigger claustrophobia in your horse, which in turn triggers opposition reflex. The primitive solution is to use more tack to “box” your horse in. Together we can find a better solution.

07

Thinking in pictures

Horse see differences between things much more than similarities. They think in pictures and notice minuscule changes in their environment which can  make them nervous. Together we can help your horse feel in control of their environment instead of feeling like a victim.

08

Slowly slowly

We’re living in an era where everything is about instant gratification. But horses still learn at the same slow speed as they did 300 years ago. Slow it down, take your time and get it right. Together we can take small steps towards your ultimate goal.

09

Relaxation is key

Training the movements is only beautiful when it comes from a place of relaxation, not tension. Together we can learn how to enhance performance, not crush it.

10

Consistency

Consistency is measured 9 times out of 10. Together we can get our basics consistent then we can move on.

11

OOPS

Better an OOPS than a 'what if…?' Never be afraid to try something new and fail at it. If you make a mistake, learn from it, and try again. Together we can try new things and improve.

12

Your Reflection

Your horse is a reflection of you.

Train yourself to be a better trainer. Together we can.