Timing is everything

Hi Folks,

Over the many Years and thousands of Horses, hopefully one gains an ability to read every move of a Horse in real time ( just as they are reading us) and if You ever strike the lottery and gain “The One Thing”, You will be truly blessed.

These Days I “thank the Lord” for my finally getting it, nearing the end of my Career. ( just shows You how dumb I am 😁)

Any, this now means that I can read every Horse, in real time, prior to their every move, via their thoughts……just as they do the same. ( proving Horses are smarter than us 🤣)

So I want to pass onto You, the absolute importance of ‘timing’ to Horse training, for without it, You are training “Learned Helplessness’ in the Horse, a problem that is rampant across the World.

So during my work with Pupils around the World, I often do my Homework, for them and offer You the chance to read it. My thanks to my Pupils for allowing me to use the vids.

The Isle of Crete

I watched a little of your video of the chestnut with the wonderful Mind. Read below to help you and watch the Video at the same time.

.36 The step back didn’t help the cause

.40 The step back showed nervousness and allowed the horse to judge you early, as perhaps nervous.

.51 The Step back weakened the opinion of the Horse and

.59 Horse has backside in your face and nothing happens. Horse does it’s own thing.

1.04 Too soft, not enough direction and here is another tip. Swinging a rope upwards ( anti clockwise) rather than downwards, has less of a directional effect upon horses.

1.33 The Horse knows what you want and what you have been training but because of a lack of direction from the Handler, the Horse decides to offer it anyway, prior to being asked. To stop it there and send it off again, is to undo all prior training and set up “learned helplessness”.

1.35 The handler turned the horse, exactly the way that he was trying to not train, the wrong way, with the Bum to the Trainer. Losing all past gains.

1.54 Trainer decides to turn the Horse but Horse is faster than the Trainer……..if we are on the slow side or not athletic, we should step across in front of the Horse, 5 metres before it gets to us

1.58 – same problem

2.03 – well done. Exactly

2.05 The left arm suddenly coming out, when the Horse had only just completed the GOOD THING, sets up doubts in the mind of the horse. Don’t run lessons together. Always leave big gaps between new requests.

2.09 – the horse is now confused, hence the head over the fence…..as well as Handler is now IN THE WRONG POSITION, forcing confusion into the mind of the Horse. The Horse is saying to itself……”He asked for the turn, I did it, I thought that was correct, but his left arm flew up immediately after and now he is forward of my shoulder, so what the hell does he want??

2.13 – confusion because of the forgoing as well as position. Due to the previous, now the Handler needed to help the horse more, by moving to the right, away from the Horse and now crowding it and generating the rear end again, Zone 4.

2.14 – the Horse looks at the Handler for clarity. Due to the slight mistakes by Handler, Handler should have immediately stepped back, invited horse in for a Pat, rest, relaxation, remove the confusion, take time out, and let the horse start to think again that it may have just been a bit good after all. This is what depletes “Learned Helplessness’

2.20. Throw that rope and Halter away and get a long whip
and the next 20 seconds is just a disaster, with the Horse even getting shitty. Either go talk to the Person and stop trying to train or train and tell person to Pee off 😉

Ok, that’s enough. Can you see how timing and position has such an incredible effect upon Horses Gerado????

Hope you learnt a little with this.


South Australia

Well done Chris. Feedback as follows

9 seconds – unless a Horse Bucks, don’t back off, keep jumping until he gives. No reward for the wrong answer.

14 Seconds – you rewarded the Horse for evasion. Horse 1 – Chris 0 🙄

25 seconds, never step backwards or away. Stay up close and personal

33 Seconds – Hoss starts warning You, because it went to School at 14 Seconds

43 seconds – discipline required

55 seconds – the step outwards and staring at the Horse for little reason, cemented the training of evasion, proving to the horse that it’s learnt system is working well

55 seconds – at this point it was game over – horse 1 – Chris 0 😑😑

It’s not easy, don’t worry. Many Years break causes us to lose the knack. Better

Hi Chris,

Good first effort. I’ll simply run through your Video and comment second by second.

23 seconds – you were left stranded and should have put the pressure on his Bum.
I will add, that right from the start, you were a little too energetic. Tone it all down

30 seconds – I would have stepped across the left already and given him the opportunity to turn, but inwards, otherwise, pressure on Rump.

49 seconds – spend more time with the horse. Just stand, with your back to him, allow him to sniff the new Man, dwell, stroke and then slowly walk off in a circle to the left, and around towards his rum. If he happened to step after you, AT ALL, you stop and repeat the friendship.

52 seconds was the most serious miss. He followed You, you appeared to have got a shock and then, rather than build upon it, you sent him off ( killing off the positive learning opportunity that the horse just offered)

1.05…..again…the horse offered but you threw it away!!!!!. Rather, you should have melted down, invited the horse, stepped back, stoked, rest, relax, spend time together and then test slowly, by walking off.

That’s enough. You get the message. I can tell.
Well done. Good effort with no advice or teaching.

So I hope that shows You how important timing and reading is. Horses have to put up with a lot from us Humans and because this stuff is really not taught within the Industry, with the majority just blundering around, much turmoil must take place. It’s sad really 😨


Horses are trying, they sometimes appear that they are not but that is NEVER the fault of the Horse


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