....take all violence out of the training.
My OTTB is coming along better than I ever thought possible...that others thought possible. I'm quite confident that soon we'll be ready for trails. But as I work with my horse at this ranch and I see one trainer in particular, I am reminded that when my horse is being...well, a horse...that it's alright and not a reason to raise my voice, hit, slap or otherwise "discipline" her. The Dually halter is a constant and when she's not listening to me, I school her as I've learned to and then we're back on track. 20 seconds and boom, I've made a trusted friend for life. This is important because someone, or several someone's in my horse's past were like this other trainer. I am finding myself cleaning up some unwanted behaviors. I do my best to make patience, non-violence and love what I'm really doing- the horsing part is extra.
And when I see this other trainer who is quite the opposite, I feel sorry for the horse. And I look at mine and remember, "take all violence out of the training". It's because of this, my OTTB will be trail-ready here soon. Monty, my Join-UP hat is off to you, my friend. Thank you