Workshops and Training
A Clear Connection
One of the most challenging aspects of training
horses, is understanding how to be progressive, train step by step
to advance in the direction you want. To do this we must firstly
understand the psychology of training, why horses do anything and
how much to expect on a daily basis in order to keep progressing.
All of this comes from experience and dedication.
We are all bound to make mistakes, and mistakes aren’t such
a bad thing, as long as we learn from them. Problems develop when
we aren’t aware of our mistakes and therefore keep repeating
them. Eventually this leads to frustrations for both horse and rider.
What we should hope to learn from a teacher, is
a way of learning to think for ourselves. The end result is never
handed to us on a plate, but it helps a great deal to have someone
who is gifted in helping you to recognize those mistakes in their
infancy and more importantly how to correct them in a logical and
Good training comes down to good communication
through a balanced seat allowing accurate messages from the seat
to the hands. Achieving this “connection” is an essential
part of the process of creating calm, supple and responsive horses.
is a man well known in this country, with demonstrations at all
3 Equitanas and Olympic games. His beautiful stallion ‘Jamieson’
has thrilled us all in demonstrations of incredible communication
on the ground and in the saddle. He and ‘Ammo’ stopped
the world with that breathtaking gallop and rear to open the Sydney
Olympic Games. Whilst his talented four year old stock horse ‘Drummer’
was ‘The colt from Old Regret’ in the recent Man From
Snowy River Spectacular. In addition to their fame all three horses
are National Champions in competition.
will be conducting a number of progressive schools over two days,
designed to enhance the skills of everyone from beginners to advanced
riders, both on the ground and in the saddle.
There are 14 rider positions available
in each clinic and unlimited spectator numbers. The dates for the
clinics are listed on our coming
events area with details of how to register.
written a number of training
articles for the NSW EFA magazine.
The following articles are Copy write to Steven Jefferys and may
not be reproduced without his permission
Focus on the Basics
People’s perception of what I do with horses
is often very wrong. They
see me working in one particular area or discipline of horsemanship
and they immediately categorize you.
I am often being referred to as either ‘a
natural horseman’ or ‘horse whisperer’. As much as I am
flattered by their intent I am not really comfortable with either
tag. To me, a good horse is a good horse regardless of his breeding
and a “good horseman” is just that! There seems to be some
apparent difference between a ‘natural horseman’ and your old
fashioned ‘good horseman’. I’m not too sure what actually gets
you placed in one category or another, A Horse whisperer appears to
have an almost magic touch, yet I’m sure that you will find some
correlation between the amount of magic performed and the amount of
hours spent grinding it out in the dust and the dirt learning to be
a better communicator. I
say, “Whoever does the most homework wins”
It appears that “natural horseman” on the
other hand seems to be using less equipment and in general asking
less of their horses. Read
Buying a new horse
As I’m sure we are all aware, buying a
horse can be an extremely difficult and frustrating experience, and
whist experience is certainly an advantage finding the right horse
can be a minefield. Read
deafening your horse to your aids
or deafening the horse to the aids of the rider is one of the
biggest issues I come across, with it occurring in all disciplines
and at all levels. This is a common problem where horses are exposed
to more and more pressure from our aids, in an effort to achieve or
maintain appropriate levels of response. The reality is however,
that although the pressure of the aid increases in both intensity
and consistency, the response from the horse decreases, to the point
where we often receive nothing but resistance. . Horses do their best
work when they are corrected for their mistakes and then left alone;
allowing them to perform without resistance.
Programming your horse
we teach a horse is a learned response to pressure.
A repetitive response to the same pressure will soon become a habit.
Feed to Need
One of the main ingredients
in training successful well behaved horses, is managing the amount
of fuel or energy you put into them through their feed. There is no
doubt that you will make life hard for both you and your horse by
not balancing the amount of fuel that you put in, to the amount of
energy you burn up on a daily basis. You don’t need to be a
nutritional expert to work this out, it’s more common sense than
anything else, yet many of us don’t seem to recognise the
importance or the benefits of getting it right.