Every moment you spend with your horse, you are training him, whether that is your intention or not. Your horse remembers your responses to his behavior, and if your reactions are not consistent, your horse will become confused and behave erratically. This is how "problem horses" are created. We must be consistent, confident leaders in order to ensure consistent, confident responses from our horses. We must learn to control our emotions and prevent ourselves from acting out of anger or frustration, because horses simply don't understand human emotions. The language of horses is a language of black or white - yes or no - not "maybe," not "sometimes," but all of the time. Without clear direction, a horse will assume leadership and control of any situation by default. The timing of your "yes" or "no" is also important - it needs to be as immediate and obvious as possible in order for the horse to have a clear understanding of what you are asking.
Communication, not domination, develops a well-trained horse. Always set your horse up for success and the results will come quickly and easily. Have a goal in mind during your training, but don't sacrifice your relationship with your horse (including your horse's trust) in order to achieve that goal. Reward the smallest effort, or "try".
Training is not only about educating horses, but teaching owners to communicate effectively with their horses, by "speaking" a common language. Learning this language involves studying the techniques of many trainers - and many teaching styles - until you find a program that speaks to you. My goal is to to inspire you to want to learn how to have a better relationship with your horse - no matter what program you follow. You don't have to have spent a lifetime with horses in order to understand them and learn from them. All you need is patience, a positive attitude, an open mind, and a passion for learning.