Ask the Trainer: Horse Skills
Professional Instructor and Trainer
Good Form Equestrian Sports
Linda competed as a
professional trainer and instructor for over 20 years. She specialized in
jumpers and eventing while training in multiple disciplines throughout the
WHY DOES TRAINING TAKE SO LONG?
While a dog is generally a quick study in the right hands (or even with an
amateur), training a horse is often a lengthy process. Repetition is
predominate. So is proper handling, coupled with a detailed amount of
knowledge and mileage of the trainer.
If the horse is young, not fit, and has been poorly handled -- and has the
unfortunate genetic luck to not be athletically inclined-- then it can
actually take years until even the basics are in place. It is simply a
harder road in this case. The trainer has to be sensitive enough to
recognize, and then make a training plan for, that type of situation.
However, if we are lucky enough to find a physically pliable animal, with an
interest in working with the trainer because he has been well managed from
an early age, then the trainer has good opportunity to solidly accomplish
those basics. Meanwhile, we can also be applying subtle, higher levels of
training. The horse’s opportunity to improve will quicken.
It can indeed take years to refine a horse. But with a steady and quiet work
ethic, plus proper facilities, you can generally have a good mount within a