The Power And Pitfalls Of Pressure

“You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.” — Antoine de Pluvinel

We are so grateful for our partnership with Trafalgar Square Books for giving us access to, and allowing us to publish, such fantastic excerpts from today’s top trainers and equestrians. This month we published a piece from What Horses Really Want: Unlocking the Secrets to Trust, Cooperation and Reliability by Lynn Acton.

Lynn breaks down how horses react to pressure, and how effective vs. ineffective pressure affects the relationship between horse and rider. She writes: “When we make ourselves a source of stress, we forfeit trust.” With some fantastic photographic examples, Lynn shows readers how to interpret our horses’ reactions to pressure and how to use it effectively, fairly, and to some fantastic results.

“When we make ourselves a source of stress, we forfeit trust.”

In our July Issue, read about how Lynn discusses the four pillars of pressure and how to implement each. In order for pressure to be effective: it must be gentle, the meaning must be clear, the horse should be comfortable doing what is asked, and the pressure should be released promptly.

Thank you, for your wonderful materials that allow us to grow and educate ourselves!

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