Being loved keeps you young. This must be why my 25 year old Arabian horse Kamar stays looking youthful! He is deeply loved by me as well as by his buddy Huszar!
The most important thing I feel I can do with my three old colt is to work with him in the round pen, teaching him to pay attention to me while I secure his respect in me. Once we have built up trust, I know he will stop behaving badly. Once I have established his confidence in me, he will stop moving away from me, stop rearing up, stop ignoring my voice commands and stop turning his rump to me. Zum will be less apt to kick at me when he trusts me.
I try to be subtle and gentle with the reins. A hard pull on the reins teaches Zum to clamp his jaw and pull hard in response. I want to be less confrontational. I don’t want to make the mistake of pulling on the reins to control Zum through the bit. A lighter give and take touch on the reins is more effective.
I am training Zum to stand still when I get on his back. If he moves away, he is not ready for mounting. I need to go back to ground work, controlling his direction. With the lead rope, I ask Zum to move left, right, back, forward and then to stop. I reward him when he stands still so he learns that standing still is what I want!
I know that it takes lots of time to train horses naturally. My goal is to teach Zum to do tasks with manners, obedience and willingness to perform. I want Zum to be agreeable with confident responses that will last Zum’s lifetime. I don’t want to train Zum through submission. I want to train him with understanding.