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Playing Horse Soccer

Playing Horse Soccer

Training Tips

In this blog post, we'll delve into why this playful activity is a pivotal point in our approach to horsemanship.

Watch The Video Here Or Continue Reading Below!


Hello, world! I'm Michael Gascon, The Horse Guru, and today, I'm thrilled to share a game-changing aspect of our training program—Horse Soccer.

Understanding the Psychology: Riding Like a Kid

Ever wondered why kids make exceptional riders? It's not just about excellent horsemanship; it's because kids play without overthinking. As adults, we often focus on potential problems, hindering our ability to ride with intention. Let's explore how Horse Soccer can help us break free from overthinking.

Preparing for the Game: Recap of Push Obstacle

Before we dive into the game, let's revisit the basics. Whether you have a seasoned horse or a colt under 60 days, once you've established respect and control, it's never too early to introduce Horse Soccer. We sit back, drive the horse forward, and learn to navigate unexpected movements.

The Soccer Game: A Confidence Booster

Horse Soccer isn't just about pushing a ball. It's about creating a pressure-cooker environment by involving friends and fellow riders. This prepares your horse for real-world scenarios, making trail rides more enjoyable and less stressful.

Choosing the Right Equipment: Pro Tips for the Soccer Ball

Selecting the right soccer ball is crucial. Inflate it properly to avoid excess cover that could lead to mishaps. Be mindful of your position—sitting back on your pockets is essential for handling unexpected changes in momentum.

In Action: Playing Horse Soccer

Now, let's witness the game in action. Teams of different horse breeds engage in pushing and driving towards their goal. Remember, your horse may initially fear the ball, but consistent encouragement and redirection keep them in the action.

Building Forgiveness Through Action: Crystal Clear Communication

Horse Soccer is more than a game; it builds forgiveness and resilience. Clear communication, even in the midst of chaos, fosters a stronger bond between rider and horse. Learn how to guide your horse through the noise and excitement.

Benefits Beyond the Game: Transforming Your Horse

This playful activity transforms your horse into a more forgiving companion. By exposing them to varied situations, they become less touchy and more responsive to your cues. Make the trail ride the easy part of your equine adventures.

Try Horse Soccer at Home

Incorporate Horse Soccer into your routine. It's a fun way to bond with your horse, shake off mental clutter, and build confidence. Share your experiences in the comments and emails—we believe you'll enjoy it as much as we do. Remember the pro tips, stay in control, and see the positive changes in your horse.

Ride with Confidence

Give it a try, and soon you'll find that Horse Soccer isn't just a game; it's a transformative experience for both you and your equine companion. See you in the next video, where we explore more exciting facets of horsemanship!

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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.