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Thursday, 14 November 2019

4 Ways To Train Your Horse Faster And Better

Training any horse is a difficult process.  It takes a well-experienced rider to train horses as well as lots of time and a bucket load of patience 😉  

It can take years to train some horses but there are some things you can do to speed up the training process.  These are not quick hacks but actual training tips that you can use to properly train your horse in less time.  

1.  Document What Works

Not every training technique works for each horse.  The best thing you can do is make a training journal.  Not only can you plan your rides but you can make notes of what types of training worked.  

For example, my horse Zoe was really easily trained to bend while riding her.  But Shandy had to be taught to bend during groundwork.  

I find it super easy to encourage Shandy to relax into a long and low position but Zoe had to be taught with clicker training in groundwork.  

Basically, horses are complicated.  

These little details can add up to create a training system for your horse.  This is honestly the main reason why I managed to completely reschool Shandy so quickly.  It takes time and effort to figure out these things.  So, working with your horse and documenting it every single day is very important.  AND time-consuming.  

A bay horse standing in the middle of an indoor riding school ready to start training

2.  Consistency

Obviously, we know that riding our horses on a set schedule is important but there is much more.  For example, we must try to always keep the same state of mind and 'hold ourselves' in the same way around our horse.  

A consistent routine is essential in my opinion.  Some horses may be fine with no daily routine but others will react badly.  

Shandy will not be caught in the field unless it is at the same time every day.  Zoe turns from a sweetie to the devil if her routine changes at all (she's the definition of a drama queen though 😑).  

If you don't already have a good routine for your horse, you should give it a try.  

A dark bay horse trotting around an outdoor riding school wearing bright blue schooling boots

3. Working with others

There is always someone who knows more than you.  I find that if I am a bit stuck with training, I can ask someone else.  I am lucky to have a very experienced yard owner who rides western style.  This really doesn't matter, training a horse in any discipline is much more similar than you think.  

It can also be really helpful to ride with someone who has a calm horse.  Remember that horses are herd animals and feel more comfortable if they are together.  

If this doesn't work, find a rider to jump on your horse.  It is much easier to find a problem when you are riding than on the ground.  

A dark bay horse wearing a bridle while training on a beach

4. Groundwork Is Everything

I have noticed that many equestrians forget about groundwork.  Yes, you may give your horse a quick lunge or round pen but when is the last time you worked on respect or schooling from the ground? 

If you can't train your horse from the ground, you have no chance while riding.  While training your horse, you should be using groundwork to your advantage multiple times a week.  Even a fully trained horse should use groundwork at least once a week.  

Start with simple lunging with a green horse and slowly build on the knowledge.  Teaching a horse to back up, turn on the forehand, leg yield and flex is really important before you get on the horse.  

A bright bay warmblood wearing a tan coloured bridle while standing at halt

Do you have any training tips that speed up the process of training a horse correctly?  I'd love to hear them!  

Just remember, you shouldn't rush any horse in his training BUT some things can help him to learn quicker.  


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.