Dream of a horse trainer job – How to understand and train horses in 7 steps

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For many riders, it is usually the long-awaited desire to turn their hobby into a profession. One way to realize this dream is by becoming a horse trainer. However, it takes a lot of knowledge to really train horses.

“Human-horse communication is the best and last resort in horse training,” says Rabei Shamali. “Many problems can be solved with small changes.” She is the principal of a show riding school and horseback riding school and trains certified horse trainers. Below, she’s happy to show you seven steps that lead to success in horse training.

Step one: choose the horse

Choosing the right horse is essential to successful training, especially for beginners. Sometimes, out of pity, horse lovers deal with a problem horse that has already had a lot of problems and has already made a lot of mistakes. But it is best to start with a new horse that has not had any negative experiences yet. At the age of three to five years, the horses are of the maturity suitable for their training, but they have not yet encountered faulty methods that can only be broken with difficulty. Basic gait, walk, trot, and canter should of course be given. If you had a chance to work with a horse before buying it, you should definitely do so.

Step 2: Education comes before training

Before the trainer begins training the horse, he must learn what is called the ABC foal. This basic training not only makes subsequent lessons easier, but it is also important to be able to help the horse in an emergency. This includes that it can be led and taught to give off its hooves. The horse has to learn to touch itself without fear, for example by a physiotherapist. Download is just as important. A horse without a load cannot be taken to a vet, so training can be vital.

Step 3: Make sure you have the right equipment and a good teacher in advance

Before the training begins, the prerequisites should be clarified and some things purchased. What about housing and where is the training ground? Depending on what the horse is supposed to learn and do, the right equipment must also be purchased. The matching cave, the right bridle, the saddle that fits your riding style, the lunge line – the shopping list is long but important. Of course, the rider’s equipment should also be right. Then the question arises whether a horse trainer needs a teacher if he is trained to be a teacher himself. The answer is yes. For safety reasons alone, the second person is important in case something should go wrong. But even in normal exercises, the assistant is very important as he can also calm and reward the horse or point things out.

Step 4: Guide and Weekly Plan

Since it is important not to overpower the horses, the exercises should start simply and build on each other. The weekly plan helps to complete the learning steps in a logical order. A good horse trainer should also be able to assess whether or not the horse is experiencing a challenge. Unchallenged horses tend to take the lead, which is a huge mistake. Young horses are also constantly trained in the herd union – so training is an important part of proper breeding for the species. The horse trainer must consciously fulfill his leadership role, this is the only way he can guide the horse and inspire confidence.

Step Five: Horseback School to Strengthen Muscles

A horse needs specially trained muscles, tendons, and strong ligaments to be able to walk as a riding horse or perform other tasks. Here, too, it is important to build the exercises on each other logically. But nutrition also plays an important role here, so it is important that horse trainers have knowledge of the appropriate feed. Diet and exercise go hand in hand when building muscle.

Step 6: Develop a Positive Attitude

Many horse owners see their horses as a kind of healer with whom they can reduce stress. But this is the wrong way. If you go into the stressed stable, you transfer the stress to the horse. But even animals cannot learn under pressure! A professional horse trainer is distinguished by his mentality. He radiates calm and security and enjoys what he is doing. So a positive attitude is an important part of professional work.

Step Seven: Communicate and Help

Without trust and clear communication, it is not possible to cooperate with a horse. For horses, this communication works largely through body language. For example, some postures in front of, behind, or beside a horse also have a certain meaning to them. A responsible horse trainer learns the horses’ language and adapts their communication to theirs, not the other way around. Only in this way can a deep trusting relationship develop, in which the horse feels comfortable and willingly learns.

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Rabea Shamali offers training as a horse trainer with the Horse Riding School and the Horse Return School. Together with her team, she has adapted ISO certified horse trainer training to suit today’s recreational and special breed horses. With simple solutions and logical training steps, they support participants throughout development and provide support exactly when help is needed. More information at: https://www.pferdetrainer-bildung.com/

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Original content by: Rabih Shamali, transmitted by Actuel News

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