Basic Equitation can be defined by answering three basic questions listed below:
Why the Need for Training?
The principal purpose in training is to go to a point in your training program where you ask the horse to do something, and you get the proper response. Develop safe, content and willing horses.
Why the Need for Ground Work?
Training is based on control. Control the mind and feet and you control the horse.
Why the Need for Respect and Control?
If you don't have respect, you have an accident waiting to happen. Ground work and training is somewhat physical and SAFETY becomes an issue. To achieve Respect and Control, you make it uncomfortable for the horse when it is away from you, and comfortable for them when they are with you. You must be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Be as gentle as possible, but as firm as necessary. This is achieved by moving the horse forward, backwards, left and right.
Three Basic Rules For the Questions Above:
Rule # 1
SAFETY FIRST ~ OUR SAFETY ~ we are the most important and cannot be injured or hurt in any way.
Training cannot hurt the horse
We must have movement in order to teach. Exaggerate to teach, and refine as you go along.