I’ve updated the name of this class to “The Training Prism” because I think it’s a much better analogy for the training scale.
A prism will only produce a rainbow if the light shined into it contains all of the colors of the spectrum. It’s the ultimate example of the result being the product of the input.
The training scale is the prism for the movement of horses. What you put in determines what you get out. But it goes a step further. Each element of the scale supports and enhances the next.
The training scale for training horses has been around for generations. Many of us who’ve spent a lifetime with horses grew up with it as part of our equestrian vocabulary. It can be applied to any activity you use your horses in from trail riding to combined driving.
The training scale gives us a systematic approach to our training that works with the horse’s natural development. Each step in the pyramid creates a foundation for the next.
Find the Missing Pieces
The place I’ve found the training scale the most useful is when I feel “stuck” with a horse’s training. Sometimes things just aren’t falling together the way I want, but I just can’t put finger on what direction I need to take to get the horse’s training moving forward again.
I first identify what I’d like to improve, then identify the skills that support that. If I feel like the horse isn’t quite listening or understanding my aids, I know it’s an issue with “Connection.”
Since I know that relaxation is what feeds connection, I’ll work on that first. We’ll do some exercises that use rhythm to encourage the relaxation. AS the relaxation improves, so too does the contact and connection.
Guess what comes along with that? Impulsion! It’s a like a double bonus just for taking a quick review of the foundations that I’ve put under the horse. Cool, huh?
Built Into Every Lesson Plan
Don’t worry about having to learn a whole new way to look at training your horse. If you’ve already been working with any of my lesson plans, this training is already built right into them.
This class will help you understand what the foundations in the training scale are, and how they relate to work that you’ve already been doing with your horse.
Articles and Lesson Plans
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