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3 Tips to More Effective Horse Training

Horses are trained in a significant manner that might not be exact to how other animals are trained. The reaction time or the response from an action is very important. Therefore, teaching a horse may take very little time depending on how prompt the trainer is, or might take a long time if the trainer does not understand the method of teaching the animal.
Prompt Reaction
Horses only understand the concept of cause and effect. However, the time lag between the cause and its effect must not be too short. Otherwise, the horse cannot correlate one with the other. Therefore, if the horse rings a bell one day to find that the trainer has arrived with his meal, then he will relate the ringing of the bell with the arrival of the food.
However, if on ringing the bell, the trainer comes and cleans the stable up before serving the food, then the horse will not realize that although the ultimate result of ringing the bell was the food, the cleaning is only an interference in the process. Therefore, the animal will now relate his ringing the bell with the trainer cleaning the stable. Therefore, he will search for a different way for the food to be served.
Cause and Effect
Riding a horse follows the same logic. It doesn’t matter which action you are performing for the animal to go in a certain direction. As long as the action is stopped once the animal realizes which direction is being asked for him to take by his rider, he will relate the two together.
Therefore, this action must be something that bothers the horse. The rider might mean going forward by pulling the rope at the horse’s mouth, but the horse might think that this is an indication for him to go backward. Therefore, this annoying action of pulling at the animal’s mouth needs to be continued till the animal takes the right course.
Each action must have a constant result. Therefore, pulling the rope at the animal’s mouth should never be done to mean for the horse to stop if the first time it was done by the rider to go forward. Horses don’t understand mixed signals.…