Contributed by: Windy Griffith
One simple phrase, “Horses Don’t Lie”. This was something that was said to me and stays on my mind all the time. So, I want to share some thoughts about how these 3 simple words should always stay on any horse owner’s mind.
When I heard these three simple words I really started to think... Why would a horse lie? Do we really think a horse thinks the way we do and is capable of thinking of a lie and tell us that lie through their actions? Well, no… they have no reason or capability of lying.
Those words inspired me to think about my training program and the bumps in the road I have had to overcome in order to get back in the winner’s circle, now on my own horses.
When a horse suddenly stopped performing, I would often blame myself or the horse, but “horses never lie”. So, I started taking a step back and started listening to the horse differently. They always tell you one of two things...
#1 - “I’m hurting and I just cannot do what you are asking”.
Sometimes, there is something just physically wrong and they cannot do their job. It may be as simple as needing to have their teeth done to help unlock their jaw so they can collect again. Just for example...
#2 - "I’m not understanding what you are asking and I need you to teach me another way”
I pride my training program on teaching every horse as an individual. That makes my job harder. As a rider, I have to ride each horse how they need to be ridden versus how I would like to ride, but horses are as unique as we are. My basics are always the same. However, as a performance horse, they all perform just a little different.
- Keep it simple for the horse.
- Always go back to your foundation and work up to a new maneuver.
- Always be willing to do something different so your horse understands what you are asking.
So, the next time you have a bump in the road with your horse, take a minute and think “Horses Never Lie”.
what is my partner trying to tell me?
Have you experienced this with your horse? Did you find this content helpful?
Windy Griffith is a Two Time Reserve World Champion Barrel Racer and Pole Bender. She is a professional trainer and clinician with almost 20 years of experience. Her mission is to help others reach their own goals in competition and horsemanship.
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