Right off the cuff I’d like to acknowledge a very true statement:
“Anybody can force a horse to do what they want. But if you force him to do it, it won’t be important for him to do it right. He’ll do it almost right some the time. He’ll do just enough to get by. But if you show him what you want and then reward him when he gets it right it will become important to him to get it right every time.” –Mark Rashid
Kristin has also been asked some pretty interesting questions..
Q: I was asked a question the other day about different training techniques and whether they were all okay and just different.
A: My real answer is, it depends on your intent. Do you intend to beat the horse repeatedly for “misbehaving”? Let that horse “have it” or show the horse who is boss? Does your fear of the horse get in the way so much you must resort to drastic measures to “control” the horse? Just compare it to my quote and look into your heart. You will know always the answer.
Kristin’s Horse Sense mission is to provide a program for youth and adults that includes riding and care of ponies and horses. The goal is to develop responsibility through leadership and promote partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion - Horsemanship confidence.