Creating Change by Shane D. Olver – Master Horseman prt2


Working with horses can be dangerous. with some horses It can be Life or Death.

Riders/handlers must have the knowledge, training and ability to remain calm, centred and in control when their horse becomes agitated for whatever reason.

When a horse becomes anxious and full with fear, their energy rushes into their feet. They must move. Instinct demands that the horse moves or flees the danger.

In my advanced training method level 1, we allow our horse to move. We teach our horse how to move (on the ground, in the round yard and in the seat). We teach our horse exercises where they move in perfect shape and form. Our horse will get very good at these exercise, they will feel successful. There bodies will feel good as the correct muscle structures are being worked. There minds will be calmer, using the correct head position allows forward motion of their energy will enable them to change direction with ease when asked to do so.

When the horse is doing the training exercises correctly, they are observing the problem but at the same time they are accepting the leadership of the rider/handler.

The excess energy in the horse is being used in a positive manner.

Safety features have to be built into the training just like a dance, step by step with a great deal of repetition.

Safety features are built through knowledge and understanding of both the horse and human, how they think and move, how to manipulate body movements, how to direct energy flow of the horse and how the rider/handler must move their body to allow the horse’s energy to flow where required and in the correct shape and form.

To apply safety features, the rider/handler must be the Leader.

If the horse is in charge, then the rider/handler is in danger of being hurt.

Safety features come through by building both the horse’s and rider’s confidence.

Teaching both the horse and rider/handler to remain in control of their emotions, to think inside chaos. To remain calm and centred in the storm, believing in the training technique and make correct decisions, and importantly, knowing how to re-direct the horse’s energies.

**Safety features are built by strong leadership with the horse.

A true leader can remain calm and make correct decisions while surrounded by the horse’s chaos.

We have safety features for:

  • Working in the round yard, on the ground and in the seat.

Our safety features are exercises that will save your life or your child’s and at the same time, build both the horse and rider’s confidence, improve both bodies, shape and form and improve the rider’s leadership qualities. Which all means that the horse and rider are set up for Success!

Repetition is Necessary

Recurring themes through writings:

  1. We train a horse’s mind not his/her mouth
  2. We set our horse up for success, not failure
  3. The rider/handler is always a coach and the horse the student
  4. A 50-50 deal for both the horse and rider
  5. Safety Features
  6. Horse must accept the training method
  7. Rider/handler must know how to create change
  8. Training is Freedom
  9. The rider/handler has to prove and convince their horse that the training method will be beneficial and improve their life with humans.

I hope you are getting some knowledge from my writing, I teach riders and handlers how to become a horse’s trainer and coach, its important that you arm yourselves with as much knowledge as possible. Training a new horse can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing and that’s why my training program teaches you important safety features that will protect you in a dangerous situation.

I’m away on a riding safari for the next few days and maybe away from technology, however, I will try to add more information to my site as soon as I can, I hope you have found my blogs informative, I wish you all happy and safe riding, Shane

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