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Crossing A Bridge With A Horse

Crossing A Bridge With A Horse

Training Tips

Today, we'll discuss the art of crossing a bridge with a horse, navigating both physical and metaphorical obstacles with grace and confidence.

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Introduction: Taking on New Challenges

In the world of horseback riding, every new challenge presents an opportunity for growth and learning. Today, we join Michael Gascon and his equine companion, Bart, as they tackle the daunting task of navigating stairs for the first time. Let's delve into their journey and discover the keys to success in this unique endeavor.

Giving Freedom: Setting the Stage for Success

Michael emphasizes the importance of giving Bart the freedom and opportunity to explore and adapt to new obstacles. By allowing Bart to make decisions and providing him with the space to maneuver, Michael sets the stage for a successful stair-climbing experience.

The Art of Refusal: Navigating Obstacles with Grace

As Bart encounters the stairs, Michael demonstrates the art of refusal. When Bart attempts to veer left or right, Michael gently guides him back on course, showcasing the importance of clear communication and mutual trust between horse and rider.

Finding Balance: The Key to Uphill Success

Ascending stairs presents its own set of challenges, requiring both horse and rider to find balance and coordination. Michael shares invaluable insights into maintaining proper positioning, ensuring that weight distribution optimally supports Bart's movements.

Descending with Confidence: A Lesson in Control

Descending stairs demands a different set of skills, particularly in maintaining control and balance on the downward slope. Michael emphasizes the importance of keeping feet forward and weight in the stirrups to prevent being thrown off balance as Bart navigates the descent.

Achieving Harmony: The Rewards of Patience and Persistence

Through patience and persistence, Michael and Bart achieve harmony in their stair-climbing endeavor. By remaining calm and focused, they demonstrate how a strong partnership between horse and rider can conquer even the most daunting challenges.

Conclusion: Success Through Simplicity

In closing, Michael leaves us with a valuable lesson: success in navigating stairs, and indeed any obstacle, lies in simplicity and clarity. By maintaining proper technique and staying focused on the task at hand, riders can achieve remarkable feats with their equine companions.

Thank you for joining us on this journey of exploration and discovery. Until next time, happy riding!

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Meet The Author: Michael Gascon!

I'm a 5th-generation, world-renowned horse trainer. My training methods have given tens-of-thousands of people a direct, no B.S. guide to training their horse to create more confidence, more fulfillment, and more enjoyable times with their four-legged friends.

As riders, we all want our horses to achieve their potential, but many people struggle with the process to get there.

I'm here to help you achieve maximum performance, relaxation, and focus by teaching you The Language Of The Horse.

The only requirement? The desire to learn more and have FUN with your horse.