No matter who you train with or what ‘method’ you use, there are some ‘First Principles’ for all horse training interactions. Lisa applies all 10 principles in every lesson, maintaining optimal welfare and training efficiency. Over- or underestimating horses’ intelligence has negative welfare implications. Whilst the use of pressure/discomfort has the potential for serious problems for horses that range from escape, aggression, apathy to learned helplessness. By using these principles you are preventing blurry aids which can lead to confusion, distress and responses that compromise performance and your safety. Knowing your horses’ ‘fear threshold’ and how to train relaxation in new and scary environments will keep you safe, confident and effective at your first show or Regionals. Problem behaviours such as escape, aggression and apathy are simply symptoms of acute stress, whilst chronic stress has serious welfare implications. Training with Lisa lets you understand your horses arousal and anxiety, more importantly, what you can do to change how he/she feels, prompting relaxation and connection.
Knowing how to build piece by piece responses will prevent confusion for your horse. Understanding where, how and when to use your aids, will stop any clashing and ambiguous signals, which can lead to confusion or worst behavioural problems. By being consistent in your training you will learn how to avoid dull responses, and train your horse to keep going until you signal otherwise, training of self-carriage. Learn how you train lightness,relaxation and self-carriage, anywhere and everywhere.