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Mind-Set: The Second Of 6 Keys To Building A Life Long Partnership With Your Horse


Your mind-set, approach and way of thinking (beliefs)are critical to building trust and a lastingrelationship with your horse. Your mind-set is thefirst thing you must scrutinize and work to understandin developing skills in horsemanship.

People generally have one of two mind-sets when itcomes to getting a horse to do something. They eitherhave the mind-set that they are going to use force orintimidate the horse to get him to do it or they usethe buddy up method of trying to sweet-talk their horseinto doing it. Both of these methods are hopeless,you will not gain the trust nor respect your lookingfor from your horse.

There is a third mind-set, one that will get theresults you're looking for in your horse. People thatfit into this mind set are not aggressive orwilly-nilly, but evenhanded, they lie somewherebetween the two extremes.

When working with your horse your mind-set is to be asgentle and calm as you can, but as firm as needed.It's important to keep in mind that while you're beinggentle, be gentle without being wimpy and when beingfirm do so without being mean or mad.

The mind-set of a horseman should be to, *not* dothings to your horse, but rather to do things for andwith your horse. Be creative and think outside the boxwhen it comes to doing things with your horse.

The mind-set of a horseman should be that *principals*are more important than purpose and that *adjusting*to fit the situation is more important than rules.

Let's recap today's discussion on Mind-Set

1. Your mind-set is critical in developing trust and alasting relationship with your horse.

2. People generally fall into one of two mind-sets.The first, they use force or intimidation to get whatthey want out of the horse. The second uses the buddyor sweet-talk method to try to get what they want fromthe horse. Neither work.

3. There is a third mind-set, being evenhanded notaggressive or will-nilly.

4. Horseman should do things for and with their horsesand not do things to them.

5. Be creative and think outside the box when doingthings with your horse.

6. Be gentle and calm with out being wimpy andbe as firm as necessary without getting mad ormean.

7. Principals are more important than purpose andadjusting to fit the situation is more important thanrules.

In the next article, we will discuss Approach,Helping your horse to understand what it is you wanthim to do.

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Mike Gorzalka has spent the better part of his lifearound horses. His dad, Mike Sr., taught him theimportance of understanding the horse and how to use afirm, but kinder and gentler approach to helping horsesunderstand what it is we humans are trying tocommunicate.

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