Dedication in and out of work is
demanded from a Paso Fino. A good
relationship is very important.
Training is not about who is
stronger or who is the boss, but
about a team effort to bring out
the best qualities in each. If
you are able to accept the good
and bad qualities of your horse
and be able to critique your horse then you will be able to reach
The key elements are Discipline, Communication, Consistency and Patience. Without these influences it is difficult if not impossible to reach your goal.
*DISCIPLINE: From the moment you commit yourself to train your horse, you must be just as disiplined. The horse will use
your lack of discipline against
you and not take it seriously.
There must be commitment in order
to see results. The horse must
always respond and obey with
respect while being rewarded for
thhe good, but not pampered.
Lunging before mounting and as a
way of punishment when they become uncontrollable is the best tool
for gaining respect and getting
your message across. Making the
horse lunge in a small circle at
full speed will get it's
attention. You must do this as
many times as needed.
Another way to develop discipline under saddle is to stop the horse every time it acts up and start over with the same thing you were trying toaccomplish. This will tell them that work will go on and will end faster, the moment ey stop acting up. If this does not work, then dismount and lunge on the spot until you get the horse's attention again.
DO NOT FIGHT THE HORSE ON IT'S BACK. They WILL eventually win.
Discipline will assure you improvement on the horse's part as you progress throught the training cycle.
*PATIENCE & COMMUNICATION: A Paso grows in stages, physically and mentally. They are not always
simutaneous. Getting to know your
horse is the best asset you can
achieve before you start riding.
In the begining stages of training your horse will not always respond as quickly and accuratly as you
may like. It is the ability to
determine the reason why the horse is not willing to do so, which
will allow you to reach a goal
Any individual can learn how to solve a specific training problem on a horse. The ability to anticipate a problem when teaching a new command is the insight needed to be a good trainer. This comes from spending a long time riding and handling different horses. In order to achieve this ability you must be patient.
Long term patience requires you to understand your goal and the
reality of your ability to get the horse there. Depending on your
goal, the time is going to involve months maybe years. The time will
depend on what you want to do with your horse, be it a weekend budy
or a show mount.
You must have a plan, or curriclum, to guide your horse step by 1000 stp through.
Maturity is reach at around 5
years old. This gives you an idea
that your work will be longg and
your dedication is the sole key.
Short term patience deals with
your every day routine of work.
Horses will have good days and bad days. On a bad day, make sure you
do not go overboard with your
expectations. If you can maintain
the horse at the same level as the day before then you have
accomplished more than you think.
Loosing your cool, pushing too
hard, over punishing the horse or
taking out your frustrations on
the horse can ruin all the work
that you have done up to that
point. Also be sure you know the
difference between the horse
having a bad day, and you having a bad day. Set daily goals as well
so taht the progress is continuous and positive.
Communicating with your horse
requires you to become a total
slave to the horse. Try to figure
out his needs and bring them out
through your work. Every move
made around the horse will have an affect, be it positive or
negative. The Paso is always on
the lookout for it's surroundigns. When riding a horse he will
always feel every move you make.
*CONSISTENCY: A planned routine must be developed and followed through with. It is this that will allow you to reach your goal in a realistic manner. When
starting a horse under saddle,
your workouts are shory and to the point. As the horse gets more
confident, you may start
increasing the time limit of each
workout. A horse learns from
repetition. Keep your system and
style of riding the same.
Reinforce the things learned the
previous day, before moving on to
soomething new. Try to make sure
that the horse is moving one step
at a time so that it does not go
too fast. If you do not maintain
that sense of repetition you may
get ahead of yourself which will
confuse the horse more. It is
becasue the horse depends on your
command: if you change it every
day, then the horse will become
confused trying to interpret your
Your consistency will also improve your horse's discipline by falling into a similar routing on a daliy bais.
A horse may have handling discipline; but if there is no
work consistency, then there will
be no learning discipline.
These "elements" may seem like
plain common sense, but be careful not to overlook their importance.
No Paso can bring out its full
capacities without these elements.