Updated: May 19
When things are not going well practice pause. It doesn’t matter if it’s you, the horse or a combination. Stop. Take a breather. Go back to the last thing you were doing well even if that was grooming. Find the relaxation. Then decide if you should re approach the difficult question or save it for another day. “Winning the battle” that ends with a tense horse will “lose the war”. Thinking horses are created through relaxation. Reactive horses are created through tension.